It’s been said, and I believe it’s true, that a hat makes a man look more dapper. That being the case, we had five dapper looking men at our house on Christmas Day 2005. The day turned out to be a Christmas we’ll never forget.
We were awaiting the arrival of the Broscious family. That includes our daughter, Janine, son-in-law, Matt, and their three sons. When they arrived the three teenage boys were wearing hats that resembled the ones that my husband wears. They asked for them for Christmas and planned a look-a-like gathering when they arrived for Christmas at our house. They certainly did look dapper and it was such a delightful surprise.
The hat my husband, Burl, wears is a “Country Gentleman.” That’s the manufacturer’s name and the style is actually a wide-brimmed fedora. A
number of times, while wearing the hat, he has been told that he looks like Indiana Jones. Actually, he’s much more handsome than Harrison Ford who played Indiana Jones in the movie, “Raiders of the Lost Ark.” I understand that Indiana Jones’ fedoras hit the market for the the fans of his movie. That’s not why my husband wears his, it’s to keep his head warm.
A man just doesn’t plop a hat on his head and expect the Bogart look. No, the fit is important, and so is the angle of the hat. A little tilt to the hat can make quite a difference. Looking good in the movies and looking good in real life are two different things. Seeing someone wearing a wide-brimmed fedora reminds me of Frank Sinatra
who wore them to hide a receding hair line. They certainly can help with a bad hair day.
Funny, isn’t it, that fifty years ago a man wouldn’t go anywhere without a hat. That was the day when there were lots of hat racks and hat checkers knew how to check a hat without crushing it. What happened? Some people blame, President John F. Kennedy, the first president that seldom wore a hat. Others think President Eisenhower is to blame because with the highway systems he initiated, more people
began driving cars with sloping roofs that left no room for hats. Today’s shrinking size of cars definitely discourages hat wearing.
My husband actually collects hats.They include top hats, derbies, bowlers, cowboy, aviator, sailor. And he looks great in a Panama hat. He would have been a likely candidate for living in an earlier generation when men’s hats were popular, Regardless, he enjoys them today.
A cool hat can become a man’s signature piece, and that’s what my husband’s grandsons thought when they came parading into the
house wearing hats like their grandfather’s. That Christmas, eight years ago, is one we’ll always remember. Maybe the man in your house should consider buying a fedora with that Christmas gift card he received. How’s that for an idea, it may even affect future Christmases?