Short brim vs. wide brim fedora

Discussion in 'Hats' started by Mr_D., Apr 9, 2010.

Which do you prefer?

  1. Short brim

    9 vote(s)
    7.1%
  2. Wide Brim

    86 vote(s)
    67.7%
  3. I wear both

    32 vote(s)
    25.2%
  1. kaosharper1

    kaosharper1 One Too Many

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    I have a wide face so brims less than 2 1/4 look strange on me. It's crown height that's even worse. The current trendy stingy brimmed hats with low crowns make me look like Oliver Hardy, and I'm not fat.
     
  2. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    LMAO.....:eusa_doh:
     
  3. Spats McGee

    Spats McGee One Too Many

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    There are some fine-looking stingies out there, but they just don't look right on me. The shortest brim I own is 2" and even after months of owning it, I'm still not sure it looks right on me. I like brims right around 2.5", bur I think I have a couple that are a little bigger.
     
  4. Wolfwood

    Wolfwood A-List Customer

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    Wide-brimmed all the way. I just don't see the appeal of stingy brims...
     
  5. mayserwegener

    mayserwegener

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    I wear and enjoy both. Crown and brim dimensions (same with taper and felt finishes) varied during the golden age of hats (say 1880 - 1960).
     
  6. bolthead

    bolthead My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    indeed you do, very well I might add.
     
  7. mayserwegener

    mayserwegener

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    Thanks but you are the undisputed King of All Dimensions! :eusa_clap
     
  8. ryang

    ryang New in Town

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    Jauntyone - now those are some great comparisons:eusa_clap - definitely apples to apples. I am definitely a wide brim fan. (Although I may eventually pick up a stingy).
     
  9. mayserwegener

    mayserwegener

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    The hat in my avatar pic is from 1930s. It has a 2 inch brim (considered stingy) and the crown is slightly under 5 inches. Taper (next poll?) wise it is more in line with the general view of this board.
     
  10. mayserwegener

    mayserwegener

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    This also applies to wide brims and tall crowns when you go in the extreme direction.
     
  11. Phineas Lamour

    Phineas Lamour Practically Family

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    I like both.

    Both of these hats are from the 50s. I don't like extremely wide brims on me.
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  12. KY_RudeBoy

    KY_RudeBoy Familiar Face

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    I've started wearing wider brims lately. My wife says she prefers the stingy brim on me because I am 6'2" and have a fairly thin face.

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    Akubra Federation IV
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    Ruby's Custom Hatters (kind of in-between width)
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    Someone on here said something like the more you wear hats, you will begin to wear wider brims and taller crowns. This is certainly true in my experience.
     
  13. Hereward

    Hereward One of the Regulars

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    That's true for me too.
     
  14. blixa00

    blixa00 One of the Regulars

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    I like to mix it up a bit...outdoors or formal situations I'd go wide brim, driving or informal situations (BBQs or bar hopping) I'd wear a stingy!! Just to confuse folks I do throw a westrn hat into the mix once in a while...but I do get tired of the "where's your horse" comments!! lol
     
  15. AXL DEMOCRACY

    AXL DEMOCRACY One of the Regulars

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    I love wide brims. And love wide "stiff brims."

    I wish I could find more fedoras with wider and stiffer brims. Guess I can always get one custom made?
     
  16. KeyGrip

    KeyGrip A-List Customer

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    While I can't deny that small brims can be very classy on the right person, they do nothing for my gigantic head. I can't really pull off anything under 2.5"
     
  17. Ah, I prefer that one...:)
     
  18. carldelo

    carldelo One Too Many

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    My favored brim width is 2-1/4", right in the No-Man's land between stingy and wide, I think. I always think of a 2" brim is a stingy, not borderline. I do go wider for summer straws - my kayaking hat has a 3" brim, looks kinda goofy, but not more so than the life jacket...
     
  19. Florida_Marlin

    Florida_Marlin One of the Regulars

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    I have one really nice Knox with a cav edge that has 1-7/8 brim. All my others are 2 -1/4 or larger. I prefier 2.5 to 3. Although the Knox is a great hat, I do not like how I look in short brims. I am 6'3" and rather slim. A stingy makes me look like a pencil with the lid the eraser on top! F_M
     

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