PrettyP for Men: You Can Leave Your Hat OnJanuary 13th, 2012 | Posted by in Fashion
I was browsing photos of pre-war New York the other day when one particular photograph of a busy street scene caught my eye. I could not help but notice how everyone had hats on, specifically the eye-catching fedoras worn by important-looking businessmen types.
Wowed by this declining fashion trend, I thought to myself: Why not reintroduce hat to the masses? Hats make men look important and sophisticated, and they harken back to nostalgic age. Not to mention the practical side of it, like keeping you warm. So here’s the inaugural post of “PrettyP for Men”: hats to make good-looking men look even better. Gentlemen, take note. Ladies, have fun dressing up your blokes – much more fun than a rubber doll, I guarantee.
Starting with a vintage look, this prohibition era bowler hat immediately stood out as soon as I saw it. A perfect compliment to a nice pinstripe suit, this hat will make you feel like a modern day Charlie Chaplin.
Another good bet is this black felt fedorafrom Austin Reed. Moderately priced at £40, this 40’s throwback will distinguish you from the sea of exposed hair as you power through crowded city streets.
For those that suffer from winter’s chill more than others, I dug up this rugged-looking trapper hat. Covering your head and your ears, this comfy, furry headpiece will ensure your body heat is preserved while making you look like a frontier adventurer. Manly!
Likewise, this House of Fraser felt hat oozes the South-western Cowboy feel, and is sure to be an eye-grabber no matter where you go. A nod of the hat is all you’ll need to impress your friends as you pass them on the street.
For warmer climates (we have had a bit of sunshine in London, you know?), I have selected this Plaited Straw hat, complete with a classy black ribbon. This hat is perfect for that Caribbean holiday you deserve, even if you go no further than Plymouth.
Fashion trends are cyclical, so it’s about time hats were reintroduced. Will you be there to ride the wave?