How many hats does one man need?

Discussion in 'Hats' started by M Brown, Sep 28, 2021.

  1. M Brown

    M Brown One of the Regulars

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    How many hats does one man need?
    I have more than I need, that's for sure. But I'm thinking:

    a good work hat in both felt & straw
    a couple of casual hats in different colors...ok maybe 3 different colors
    a good dress hat in black & silverbelly....ok maybe a chocolate also.

    so that's 8 ...

    wait...everyone needs a good camp hat...straw and felt....

    so make it 10.

    Ten...that's the magic number. hmmm...maybe it should be higher.

    :)
     
  2. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    My position; it is the number that I presently have......plus one.
     
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  3. hatsRme

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    Really depends on the man.
     

  4. There are several existing threads on this.

    I’d say fifty felt hats and 25 “straw” hats. I don’t mind having more, but I need a better way of storing them as boxes get buried and you can lose track of what you have. I know I have hats I haven’t seen in over a year. The right storage solution is required if you have a lot of hats…they don’t store easily.

    Historically, I think well-hatted gentlemen probably owned a couple of dress hats, a straw hat or two, and maybe a formal hat. Previous years hats became their beaters.
     
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  5. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    My Father (I think he was my father but as I am not like him I wonder) only ever owned two hats at a time. He wore one every day and when it wore down it was relegated to beater status and he bought a new one. When he died there were two hats in his closet.....a good one and a beater for yard work.
     
  6. Rmccamey

    Rmccamey My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    Yep. N + 1.

    Oh, wait, Max, can you answer this one?

    And a shameless promo: At least one Wolfbrae hat, two would be better, three...
     
  7. Snowman

    Snowman A-List Customer

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    Apparently, two more than I have today, as that is how many are on their way to me. Plus the one that I can’t decide if I need enough to justify the price, and the other one that I probably can’t let get away.
     
  8. Bebop

    Bebop Practically Family

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    Literally none...... But that sure makes for a dull and smile lacking, long life.
    I have 22 and wear 3 of them regularly so I guess this man needs 3.
     
  9. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    My answer to this question is always “just one more”.
     

  10. Bill, I thought you were in the buy-a-hat-sell-a-hat club? Didn’t you decide on a fixed number?
     
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  11. Bill Hughes

    Bill Hughes Call Me a Cab

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    Yes I try to stay at 52 felts and 100 total max including straws. But I still buy to upgrade what I have.
     
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  12. Louis Mountbatten

    Louis Mountbatten One of the Regulars

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    Well... at least one more than I have now. :)
     
  13. ILB Frank

    ILB Frank New in Town

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    N + 1
    Where N is the number that you currently own.
    The formula is universal (and strangely accurate) to the avid enthusiast/collector of X (where X is the item that you are collecting).
    Science might be able to be proven and disproven but, "the math don't lie!"
     
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  14. Frunobulax

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    That's the spirit!
     
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  15. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    If Math is a science then I can in all truth say...."follow the science"
     
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  16. Mm25

    Mm25 Practically Family

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    I didn’t realize Bill sold anything. I drool over the hats he shows (not literally, that would be a mess) and think some are my size!
     
  17. GHT

    GHT I'll Lock Up

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    That's my line when I get asked how many Aloha shirts can one man wear?
     
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  18. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    Yes, he has some stunners in his collection.
     
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  19. belfastboy

    belfastboy I'll Lock Up

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    I can't recall how many times I have declared in all sincerity that my hat 'collection' is complete - done - finished .....only to be informed by a friend that a Batsakes is listed on Ebay in my size.....so then it is just one more and a further declaration. But then Brent gives me an Excellent quality Stetson and I discover an entirely new thread and I find a Stetson Excellent NY LE in my size on Ebay and.......well you get the idea of my problem........
     
  20. Frunobulax

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    At once?
     

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