Did you see any of the Presidential Inauguration ceremony yesterday? Did you notice the latest sartorial trend?
Yes indeedy, the hat is making a comeback. And I'm not talking baseball caps either. My disdain baseball caps is a blog for another day. I'm talking felted wool fedoras.
Recently, the only men who wore hats were older men from the Greatest Generation or Indiana Jones-types. But, I must admit. My husband has two fedoras for winter days, a brown for casual wear and a black for dress wear. My father (actually of the Greatest Generation himself) always wore hats no matter the season and had more than a dozen of all different styles. So I'm partial to a man in a hat.
The President and Vice President chose not to wear hats. But behind them, off to the side of them, and down below them stood men who know how to dress for the occasion and the weather. And not just men of color either. Caucasian men who, unless gay or married to a women with enough feist to get her man to wear one, usually don't dress to impress anyone, let alone dress with a forethought of the goings-on of the day.
Now, if only we white women would follow the lead of those stylish African-American women and learn how to wear hats of our own again, then I could really say to all the men in America who have taken up the newest oldest trend, My hat's off to you!
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