"Formal" Straw Hats

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Some Random Bloke, Aug 8, 2016.

  1. hatsRme

    hatsRme I'll Lock Up

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    "FORMAL" Straw hats? Easy!! Here is one of the best Ready-to-Wear suppliers I know of.

    These are some of their offerings...
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    I especially like the Black one for your events. Best of luck.

    I once told a guidance counselor in school I wanted to work with people in my career. He recommended I become a mortician. Hmmm....
     
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  2. RJR

    RJR

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    o_O
     
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  3. RJR,
    I checked out the Historical Emporium hats. Interesting. Most give the impression they were built for theatrical purposes; kind of a stage prop vibe. Have you owned any of these hats?

    While they didn't have what I was looking for, I did see a Panama Boater that intrigued me.
     
  4. RJR

    RJR

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    No experience with them myself.
     
  5. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    Having a preference, like the leather sweatband, is going to limit you in what is already a very limited choice. You explain that you are a funeral celebrant, great description, by the way, you need the gravitas that goes with your work. A dark coloured straw sounds perfect to me, a dark coloured straw fedora sounds just the job, if you will excuse the pun. If such a hat isn't available in Oz, try putting The Village Hat Shop into Google. Make sure though that the price you see includes shipping,
     
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  6. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    I'll second this advice - I have a gray Capricorn (the first one to be custom made in size 62!), and it is indeed a formal-looking straw. The color is dark graphite, a little darker than it looks on most websites. I use it almost exclusively during summer evenings, sometimes during the day if it's cloudy/rainy. If I was going to a funeral in the summer (knock wood), I would wear it without hesitation. I would not wear a boater to a funeral (seems too playful), nor a homburg or topper (seems 'costume-y'). In the end, your local customs are going to dictate what looks respectful without being attention-grabbing, which is important in your position.
     
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