One fashion trend I miss are men with hats. I don’t mean baseball caps, worn front, back, or sideways. I am also not talking about stocking hats, or cowboy hats, which also serve their own purpose, or hide bed head, or whatever.
I’m talking about real hats. Why hats? Hats are fun. Hats are stylish. Hats protect male heads with thinning hair. Hats keep one both cold and warm. Plus hats just look great.
I’m also talking about old photos and the 19th Century men in these photos. They knew how to wear hats. When they were not wearing the hats they were still showing them off. Mind you, top hats are extremely cool. Our friend Randolpho often wears an extremely tall top hat, but this post is about the other hats. Top hats will be featured in a future post.
This week I’m featuring a small collection of images with stylish men in the 1860’s – 1880’s and their hats. Enjoy.
This post has been part of the series As We Were, a look into 19th Century photography, fashion, and culture.
On the 1st and 4th Wednesday of each month I’ll ramble share my photos, along with stories, thoughts on fashion like how bustles and hoop skirts really work, society, and other related subjects. For the complete list CLICK HERE.
All images are from the collection of and property of Juliette Kings / Marla Todd. Please ask for permission before reproducing. Thank you.
…and a tip of my fedora to you, my dear.
I’ve always believed I’d look rather spiffing in a sport coat and boater 🙂
I agree. I expect to see you in your new get up on your blog – very soon.
I’ve never liked wearing anything on my head. Might as well put a live squirrel on my noggin for how it feels to me. Maybe the squirrel could wear a hat though and tip it to ladies as I walked down the street…. now that would be a fashion statement.
A squirrel in a hat would be quite delightful.