A Gentleman and his Hat

Señores,

Sombreros are an importante part of a gentleman’s wardrobe. Hats signify class, style, flare, as well an aid in keeping a gent’s head warm and the sun out of his ojos. The effect of a perfectly placed hat is igual (equal), oftentimes, to the effect of zapatos.

Now there are many types of hats. RealMenRealStyle has provided a strong list of the more popular estilos of hats!

 The tipo of hat that you wear depends on a few things.

  1. Your aesthetic and preference: If you’re a period style maven, you might stick with styles that were traditionally found in the era that you’re drawn to.
  2. The size and shape of your head and face:  Diferente hats look better on different people. Jaw lines, facial hair and hair style are all factors to consider when choosing a hat.
  3. The type of outfit: Tradicionalmente, certain hats go with with certain outfits. In more trendier looks, the lines are a bit more blurred and the reglas (rules) are more relaxed. However, you can never go wrong with the classic looks.

We can examinar these conventions at a later date. For the purposes of this post, yo quiero focus on  a few gentlemanly rules for hats. Again, these rules are of a traditional nature pero I believe, as a menswear enthusiast, that it is imperative that we compredemos, fully, the cultured way of wearing headgear.

 

Panama Hat: Southern Gents (s-gents.com) | Photo: Fola Lawson
  1. A gentleman is expected to remove his hat as he enters a building.
    Trillby: Southern Gents (www.s-gents.com) | Photo: Fola Lawson
  2. A gentleman removes his hat when inside except when in “pass through” places such as lobbies, hallways, & elevators in buildings that are open to the public.
    Fedora: Southern Gents (www.s-gents.com) | Photo: Fola Lawson
  3. Gentlemen are to remove their hats during the singing and/or playing of the National Anthem.
    Photo| Fola Lawson
  4. Gentlemen are to remove their hat in an elevator and hold it in their hand when a lady enters the lift.
    Photo | Fola Lawson
  5. A gentleman should tip or remove his hat when approaching a lady.
    Photo | Fola Lawson
  6. A gentleman is to remove his hat before sitting at the dinner table. (It should already be removed when he walks in the restaurant.)
    Photo | Kristen Curette

Entoñces (so), as we sojourn through estilo, cultura, and vida, it’s important that we understand and respect the traditional values that have laid a foundation for us. As it relates to a gentleman and his hat, it’s no different.

Make sure that you visit the lads at Southern Gents to check out and purchase their hats and other dapper accessories!

Keep it gentlemanly,

~SG

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  1. Great post! Love the hat etiquette. It’s long forgotten nowadays

  2. I loved reading this. There’s nothing better than a sharp accessory like a hat, can you check out my post about accessories: https://mensfashionexpert.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/the-past-of-mens-fashion-accessories/

  3. Really cool, wish I could pull off hats, my style is too ‘urban’ and then there’s the issue of my erm, rather large head!
    You looked great in your hats.

  4. Nice and informative post. Great presentation and theme.

  5. Appreciate the hat refresher. A nice lide can define character and add refinement.

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