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(NPR)   Why don't men wear hats anymore? Presidential socialism (with painstakingly to scale illustrations to prove the point)   (npr.org) divider line 175
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2012-05-05 09:33:53 AM
Hats can be very sexy.
 
2012-05-05 09:35:55 AM
Eisenhower is a socialist now?
 
2012-05-05 09:52:08 AM
As a middle-aged man with a sun roof in his haircut, I like to joke that I'm a founding member of the "hat club for men". I probably have 30 hats, and that's not counting either caps or toques (both of which breed and multiply on their own).

AbbeySomeone: Hats can be very sexy.


How YOU doin'?
 
2012-05-05 10:09:43 AM
Interesting, I've often wondered why hats went out of fashion, I think the car idea makes a lot of sense, as hats went out of fashion around the world, when everyone got the automocar.

I wish I could dress like a Victorian banker, or government official, sharp suit, top hat, with a servant to carry my umbrella in case it rained.

Clearly we've regressed as a society thanks to the loss of hats.
 
2012-05-05 10:38:22 AM
Because of the safety dance.
 
2012-05-05 10:50:29 AM
I like how NPR only has pictures of socialist rallies from which to pull their example photos.
 
2012-05-05 10:53:26 AM
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2012-05-05 11:03:30 AM
i105.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-05 11:06:18 AM

flucto: I like how NPR only has pictures of socialist rallies from which to pull their example photos.


Heh...

/good point
//but he is blaming the decline on a Republican, too, isn't he?
 
2012-05-05 12:02:28 PM
Not totally dead. This is my hat: Link
 
2012-05-05 12:03:09 PM

St_Francis_P: Eisenhower is a socialist now?


Interstate highways are a public good. So...
 
2012-05-05 12:05:24 PM
i801.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-05 12:14:15 PM
My hat, in all its' sweaty glory:

www.mojoimage.com


AKA old man's hat
 
2012-05-05 12:49:27 PM
Hats were going out of style when I was a kid but you could still see a lot of them down town. Then again, men and women also 'dressed up' to go shopping, maybe not their Sunday Best, but not flip-flops, too tight tank tops and oversized sneakers either. Especially no baggy, draggy 'prison pants' and oversized sports jerseys.

Women wore hats. They wore skirts too -- and I'd like to punch the designer that introduced the pleated front woman's trousers which makes anyone who wears them appear slightly pregnant.

Only kids wore baseball caps. Often they wore cowboy hats. Men removed their hats when in a building.

Some time ago I asked my 85 year old Mom why women no longer wore hats and she promptly said that the prices were outrageous.

I recall politicians, lawyers and judges wearing the wide brimmed straw hats. (And suspenders.)

In my younger years I wore cowboy hats, settling on that straight brimmed Spanish style Clint Eastwood wore in a couple of his westerns.

The 40's were a good time for woman's hats, right up through the 60's. Designers had gotten past the huge, ornate things of the past 100 years.
Somewhere, I have my late grandfathers old fedora, the style often seen in the old black and white detective shows.

In a way, I kind of miss the hats. (I don't consider any form of baseball cap a hat nor those floppy, canvass things that came out roughly when the TV series M.A.S.H. aired.)

I did like the Aussie hat, with one side of the brim rakishly pinned up.

Years ago, I considered buying a Stedson Cowboy hat, until I saw that the dealers were asking something close to the price of gold for one even back then. I could get my favorite Dingo boots cheaper!

As a kid, down here in Florida, I used to see a lot of teens and young men who wore the Confederate hat.

I kind of miss hats. A good hat could make a man or woman look sharp.
 
2012-05-05 01:55:23 PM
I might wear a fedora type hat if I wore a suit every day, and/or it wouldn't make me look like a hipster.
 
2012-05-05 02:29:36 PM

unyon: As a middle-aged man with a sun roof in his haircut, I like to joke that I'm a founding member of the "hat club for men". I probably have 30 hats, and that's not counting either caps or toques (both of which breed and multiply on their own).


The workers at my local store and my various doctor's receptionists always comment on my hats (only about 20). I like to say "It's amazing how us old, bad guys become hat aficionados".

Just got a purple fedora for Christmas, haven't worn it ye...looking forward to it!

One of my favorite old family pics is from Easter 1965-my brothers and I look like little Sinatras with the suits and snap-brims.
 
2012-05-05 02:38:15 PM
I'm surprised Kennedy didn't inspire a fashion craze for helmets.
 
2012-05-05 02:58:06 PM

Rik01: Then again, men and women also 'dressed up' to go shopping,


No. This is a big pet peeve of mine (well, I suppose it goes in the larger misuse of the English language category)- they did not "dress up". They dressed. That was the standard attire then, suits for men and dresses for women were everyday attire. When you use the phrase "dressing up" or a variant therof, you are suggesting that such attire was greater than the standard, more formal. This is wrong. "Dressing up" back then would have been a tuxedo at night, or a stroller during the day, or for very formal occasions, white tie at night or a morning coat during the day. Dressing casual meant khakis and a polo, or a shirt, or a short sleeve shirt (shirt means button up, what most people would call a dress shirt now). Tee shirts were for hard labor.

If you want people to dress better, you have to shift what the standard is, not insisting that people dress up. Because as long as it's seen as dressing up, the standards will never shift.
 
2012-05-05 03:09:12 PM
For the same reason most women don't wear hats: because they don't go with most of the clothes we wear.
 
2012-05-05 03:20:58 PM
i970.photobucket.com My shiat's custom.
 
2012-05-05 03:27:56 PM

brap: I'm surprised Kennedy didn't inspire a fashion craze for helmets.


TOO SOON

/not really. carry on, then.
 
2012-05-05 03:34:40 PM

Saborlas: [i970.photobucket.com image 640x480] My shiat's custom.


Are you sure those words are in the right order?
 
2012-05-05 03:59:18 PM
Actually, hats have been making a comeback for like 5 years now.
 
2012-05-05 04:02:34 PM
www.allinnone.com
 
2012-05-05 04:03:25 PM
Oh, shut up! Don't make them bring back hats!

They're expensive, unnecessary and the wind blows them off your head and you chase them down the street and street urchins laugh at you. In the winter, street urchins throw snowballs at you and it doesn't make up for the discomfort and annoyance that they throw snowballs at hats they see over walls and that turn out to be worn by somebody who can give them the good thrashing that they very much deserve.

I hate hats. I look like a dork in hats. The exception is top hats. I look like a very rich arisocratic dork in a top hat. But those things are $250 or more second hand. The only people who wear top hats on the street around here are guys who used to work as historical tour guides and who had to buy their own costumes and accessaries. It is not unusual to see Sir John A. MacDonald or Sir Wilfred Laurier on the streets here in Ottawa.

I saw British PM Gladstone once in Geneva, Swizterland. He was wearing Lederhosen! (Tourist!)
 
2012-05-05 04:04:01 PM

Saborlas: [i970.photobucket.com image 640x480] My shiat's custom.


Nerd.

I have a small assortment of Ivy caps that I cycle depending on the weather.
 
2012-05-05 04:04:42 PM
www.lolwithme.org
 
2012-05-05 04:04:52 PM

downstairs: Actually, hats have been making a comeback for like 5 years now.


Yeah, this. Every hipster douche is wearing one.

si.wsj.net
 
2012-05-05 04:08:25 PM
Wear spectacles? Wear hat.
 
2012-05-05 04:08:52 PM
I saw that guy with the afro-hat before. He was in Japan. Where he would have been the centre of attention on any street even without the attention-whoring. Some people just can't get enough attention. Cute though. Unless somebody gets angry because you are in a church and won't take off your hat. They might rip your hair out in righteous rage.

Do Africans build Afro-comb overs? How come you see so many bald black men, then? Too bad the tiny number of Africans who left Africa to become the ancestors of all the rest of us didn't leave their men with male pattern baldness back in Ethiopia. It would have saved the world a lot of misery, and probably a number of wars.
 
2012-05-05 04:09:56 PM
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2012-05-05 04:11:41 PM

St_Francis_P: Eisenhower is a socialist now?


Considering the current American political spectrum, yes.
 
2012-05-05 04:12:25 PM

tallguywithglasseson: I might wear a fedora type hat if I wore a suit every day, and/or it wouldn't make me look like a hipster.


www.packertime.com
 
2012-05-05 04:12:27 PM
I don't wear them cause I've got a big-ass melon head, and hats are sweaty and uncomfortable. Fark hats.
 
2012-05-05 04:12:29 PM
t0.gstatic.com
 
2012-05-05 04:14:55 PM
I blame global warming. Seriously, if you look at old photos like those taken in the dog days of summer every dude is wearing like a 5 piece suit and hat. I'll never understand how/why guys wore so many layers back then.
 
2012-05-05 04:16:10 PM
I thought it was because we invented shampoo.
 
2012-05-05 04:16:11 PM
I've been known to rock a hat from time to time.

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2012-05-05 04:17:13 PM

unyon: As a middle-aged man with a sun roof in his haircut, I like to joke that I'm a founding member of the "hat club for men". I probably have 30 hats, and that's not counting either caps or toques (both of which breed and multiply on their own).

AbbeySomeone: Hats can be very sexy.

How YOU doin'?


img193.imageshack.us

This will not end well for someone.
 
2012-05-05 04:17:30 PM
I'm a girl and I wear hats. I have a lot of antique hats and a some newer ones.
 
2012-05-05 04:17:34 PM
1920's: Every motherfarker had a hat.


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wwwdelivery.superstock.com
 
2012-05-05 04:19:09 PM

gopher321: My hat, in all its' sweaty glory:

[www.mojoimage.com image 640x480]


AKA old man's hat


Hey, I have one of those...23 years old, worn frequently, and still a fantastic hat that I get compliments on. Keeps the sun and rain off, floats if it goes overboard, chinstraps if it gets windy, crushable; what's not to like? It's an Ultimate, not a Tilley, but I love it.
 
2012-05-05 04:19:32 PM
www.80smusiclyrics.com

I thought these guys did it.
 
2012-05-05 04:19:35 PM
And what explains the disappearance of the cloth handkerchief?
 
2012-05-05 04:20:22 PM
Cue the dancing midget jester near the Maypole!
 
2012-05-05 04:20:48 PM

Erebus1954: And what explains the disappearance of the cloth handkerchief?


Nothing. I carry two. Usually a patterned one for myself and a plain white in case anyone else needs one.
 
2012-05-05 04:21:17 PM

AbbeySomeone: Hats can be very sexy.


not always...
wtfcontent.com
 
2012-05-05 04:21:42 PM
Hey some of us have thin, uninteresting hair we can't do anything useful with. You can shave it all off, that's it. Or explore the wide, interesting world of hats.
 
2012-05-05 04:22:48 PM
And sooner than later, public transit may well take the primary place again. That is unless electric cars with 400 to 500 mile ranges, quick recharge times and prices in the sub $20,000 range become a reality. I'm pretty sure they will though.

What is more interesting is how casual society has gotten. I see photos from years gone by and men are always in suits. I have NEVER had to wear a suit for a job. And I go casual a full 98% of my life.
 
2012-05-05 04:24:04 PM
But I am the son of a hat designer. And my father, Allen S. Krulwich, had a different explanation. The president who de-hatted America, he thought, was Dwight Eisenhower.

My father was a barber. He always hated the Beatles for ruining his profits. Fortunately in the 80s the mullet repaired his business model. The mullet bought me shoes. All hail the mullet.
 
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