I'm a hat philistine -- wearing only farmer caps and thermal stocking caps, if that -- and I don't know how to know if the hat fits. (Usually if I get one it either makes my head hurt, or it keeps coming off.) I want to get something a little better now... how do I know if it's fitting right? (And are hat sizes reliable -- once I know my hat size, can I reasonably order online?)
And while I'm asking questions... Here's the coat I want to wear it with. It's an oilskin trench coat and I wear it in cold wet weather. What style would work? Fedora?
A fedora would work excellently with such a coat. As for sizing however, that is based around the circumference of your head. If you have a tailor tape, measure your head to the closest centimeter or eighth part of an inch and then consult a sizing chart. However, as with all clothing, there is a bit of variation in sizes between manufacturers. The hat should be snug on your head, neither too tight nor sitting down about your ears. The best thing to do would be to go to a brick-and-mortar shop and try a few hats on just for the purpose of sizing. If you don't want to buy one there, then remember the manufacturer and mail-order from them--always a good thing to do with any clothing purchase to ensure a good fit first time around. And hats can't be tailored, so it's quite important to be doubly sure.
I would posit that if you use a brick and mortar store as a sizing check, and don't buy the hat, please make at least a token purchase. While I do most of my clothing shopping online anymore, the local retailer does deserve some recompense for your use of the merchandise.
Have a friend who made a thing of himself in Boston for wearing a felt cowboy hat in the winter. If it rained, he put a cover on it. At first a lot of people made fun of him, but they grew to realize just how smart of a hat it was too. It kept all their snow and rain out of his face/head, kept his head warm, and once people are used to a good one, it looked good on him. And he is a goofy little guy. I think you could pull one off well, but also agree, a good full size fedora will work just as well.
Rugged fedora (rain resistant, crushable), Oilskin packer/rancher type hats (Tilley, Filson, Outback) for real casual wear.
Thats what i was going to suguest too..i have a outback in both brown and black and a tilley that is very nice also...
check out the fedora lounge. All sorts of good information on hats over there.
I'm down to Cody's flat cap, or a fedora, probably leather. I live in a city of some 80K IIRC. Can't find any store with a reasonable selection of hats. I may have to order online -- but I want to try the hat on!
I bought my flatcap at an irish store... see if you folk got any of them.
You should get hold of a Cabellla's catalog.(You can get one via online.) They carry a number of fedoras in various casual styles that should suit your desires. One thing, don't get the least expensive hat for intown wear...I found the one they carried to be good for in the bush, but problematic for intown wear.
Why are the cheap ones a bad idea in town?
probably more of a "formal" vs. "casual" thing -- think Indiana Jones' fedora. He's wearing it while swinging from his whip and beating up bad guys. Not so much when he's at the university, or an upscale dinner.