Felt hats in summer..

Discussion in 'Hats' started by dlgilbert, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. Quetzal

    Quetzal One of the Regulars

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    Clearly, wearing a felt hat is better than no hat: I'd rather have a brim to protect me from the sun's rays than just sunglasses. Besides, my head would be freaking out if it were naked outside.

    -Quetzal
     
  2. Nyah

    Nyah One of the Regulars

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    I wish there were tweed fedoras with 2.5" brims. I have a tweed cap that's quite comfortable to wear in any weather (untested in desert climates though).

    I wear my panama only if the chance of rain is low.
     
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  3. Quetzal

    Quetzal One of the Regulars

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    Oh, but there are... just look around in thrift stores; the 1970s produced some very nice looking (contrary to popular belief, not all of the 1970s clothes were garbage) tweed hats. One time at Goodwill, there were FIVE like-new hats in the "Men's Bin", all from the 1970s, consisting of a gray and a brown fur felt hat, a gray tweed one, a dark brown/green velour one, and a beat-up straw hat; unfortunately, I only saw these from a distance, as around ten people, both men and women raced over to the bin and savagely took all five of them.

    I've always thought that a dark gray tweed hat with a little feather is the ultimate "casual" hat, but only works with vested "casual" fabric suits like corduroy and tweed, or with an overcoat or a simple raincoat (this combination is what I think of when I hear 1970s clothing; my folks remember seeing men of various ages wearing these in the winter with their suits and overcoats in the busier parts of Chicago).

    -Quetzal
     
  4. Bad Co

    Bad Co One of the Regulars

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    Fur felt most all year long sometimes a Panama in the summer
     
  5. Shadomega

    Shadomega Familiar Face

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    I've been wearing my felt all along, although I have a milan I've been alternating with it. When it looks like it could rain, I only take the felt. Heat be darned.
     
  6. Mystic

    Mystic Practically Family

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    Me Too.

    I'm in Florida. Hot and humid summers. I wear mostly straws in summer. I have quite a few and like Milans in summer.
    I also have a couple of vintage lightweight felts. No liners with tip stickers. Both do well for me in the heat and humidity. I haven't weighed the Milans but they seem to be heavier than some of the lightweight felts.
     
  7. Renault

    Renault One Too Many

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    Felt year round. Whether it's 10 or 110 degrees F. Don't matter. I sweat just as much with a felt has as I would with a straw.

    Always feel that felt is better protection. Dunno? Just me.

    And I wear a hat every day.
     
  8. Quetzal

    Quetzal One of the Regulars

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    Perhaps it's the notion that felt is MUCH more durable than straw, especially if the weather were to become nasty. This is my logic, anyway.

    -Quetzal
     
  9. jkingrph

    jkingrph Practically Family

    Straw in summer, and a ventilated straw is cooler than one that is not. For yard work a cheap fedora, cotton brim and crown top, the crown sides are a nylon mesh all around, and the sweatband and brim often gets sweat soaked.

    Cooler weather, it's felt all the way
     
  10. Nyah

    Nyah One of the Regulars

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    Sadly those hats usually have brims which are not wide enough to provide sun protection. If they had a 2.5" brim, and no water repellent added, they'd be great all-around hats for the type of climate I'm usually in (not sure about desert areas). Lightweight tweed works for me in both Winter and Summer.
     
  11. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    I have lost patience, waiting for cooler weather to finally get here. I miss wearing my fur felts so much that I am trying to jump start autumn and am now wearing my old beater Stetson Nostalgia every day in this 95 degree weather.
     
  12. HeyMoe

    HeyMoe Practically Family

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    I have been wearing felt for a few weeks up here in Vermont - 49 degrees and cloudy.
     
  13. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    I wish I could trade weather with you!
     
  14. HeyMoe

    HeyMoe Practically Family

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    I do too!!!
     
  15. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    lollollol
     
  16. Rogera

    Rogera My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    +2!
     
  17. Seb Lucas

    Seb Lucas I'll Lock Up

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    I wear this in 115 degree heat. That's what they were designed for.

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    I don't generally wear a hat in winter.
     
  18. Blackthorn

    Blackthorn I'll Lock Up

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    Seb, is that a Cattleman?
     
  19. jkingrph

    jkingrph Practically Family

    We are still running in the mid to upper 80's here. I am planning on packing up my straws and getting the felts out tomorrow as we are due a couple of "cold" fronts next week. I did take Panama hats direct up on a sale with reduced shipping on a super fino gambler style straw though.
     
  20. Joao Encarnado

    Joao Encarnado I'll Lock Up

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    Summer was not a hot one, so I only got to wear my straw on the beach days.
    Temperatures dropped so Autumn is looking almost winter.
     

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