Hello AoM. Today I am writing this as I would like to talk about hats.

I am not one to usually wear hats, I shall admit, however I am rather impartial to flat caps, and have been hesitating on buying one for a while. (This would be my first hat.) I've heard very mixed reviews about the use of flat caps and just today saw an Italian wearing one backwards (and I cringed). However, I do think they can look good, partcularly as I do dress very casually (yes, I do wear jeans, but I usually couple them with a shirt).

Anyway, I wanted to know your opinions, AoM. I cannot make it to Lock & Co. However, there is a hatter in the French village where I'm staying and I was thinking of getting a plain black one from there. For reference, I have a roughly pentagonal face, with high cheekbones and rather small eyes. My skin is very pale. Don't know if that helps.

- George

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The best thing to do is to try it on and see for yourself.  Some people can wear a flat cap (or ivy cap) some can't.

Avoid Corduroy...

I own several of these, although I've never referred to as "flat caps". I know them as Windsor caps.

Anyway, I found this image on the web...

On review, I believe that the first fellow shouldn't wear a flat cap with that face... A Blazer is less troubling. Indeed, a nice tweed blazer is fine to wear with a neutral Windsor... Perhaps not for some metro-sexual 20 something geek, who looks like he selected his wardrobe from the lost luggage department of a Tijuana taxi company. But, a tweed sports coat goes well with a Windsor and an MGB.

George, I think a flat cap is universal. You don't need a certain facial structure to wear one. Wear one because you like it. A neutral color, either solid or with a subdued pattern, can go with almost any outfit, from tee shirt to sports jacket (AKA Blazer). In winter, a nice scarf and flat hat can turn ordinary into something nice.

Don't put much credence into what Italians wear. I spent a year in Italy (1978-79), and found most Italian men not in the big cities dressed like extras from the set of the Godfather II. 

My wife and I have friends from a quaint French village near the Swiss border. Both husband and wife are teachers. They spent two weeks visiting us in 2007. Their English was much better than my French, but fortunately, my wife is fluent. The husband, Michel, wore a flat cap frequently and looked very dapper. I'm sure you will look just as dapper.

I have a black leather one and complete strangers come up to me to say how good it looks. It's a real dick magnet attention getter. Go for it.

Check out vintage Pendleton hats. 

Well, thankyou for the input gentlemen. Seems like all I needed was a confidence booster.

I'll definitely pop in to the hatmaker's and get myself a flat cap / Windsor cap / ivy cap next time I'm in France, provided I think it looks suitably dapper.

In the mean time, I'll content myself with practising my rudimentary Italian in Florence.

Flatcaps are freaking sweet! I dont care WHAT you look like, if you have the personality, you can pull it off. And if YOU like it AND dont care about the haters (haters gon' hate) you got the personality. Confidence can rock ANY style


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