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What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by smitty1931 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:51 pm

As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen? Down here in Florida baseball caps are almost universal.

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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by Barry » Sat Mar 13, 2010 4:58 pm

smitty1931 wrote:As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen? Down here in Florida baseball caps are almost universal.
Interesting topic. That's something I've taken note of many times over the years too. I'll occasionally see a classic baseball game from the 50s on ESPN classics and most of the men in the crowd have on ties, often suits, and hats.
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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by jbuck919 » Sat Mar 13, 2010 5:36 pm

They went out of fashion in the 60s when JFK refused to wear one. Now of course they are strictly a non-mainstream fashion statement (e.g., Tom Wolfe). The problem is, if men need to cover their heads against the weather when dressing up there are few good options. (I haven't had to do this in years, but if I had to say attend an grave-site service during one of the winters up here I would wear a classic overcoat, a scarf, and a wool driving cap with ear flaps, which is sufficiently timeless. But I wouldn't have to do that either, because up here they keep you on ice until the ground thaws. :) )

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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by dulcinea » Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:25 pm

I wear them.
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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by Guitarist » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:00 pm

smitty1931 wrote:As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen?
Good taste prevailed? :D

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Post by moldyoldie » Sat Mar 13, 2010 7:29 pm

jbuck919 wrote:They went out of fashion in the 60s when JFK refused to wear one.
I've asked the question often, but never got a definitely reply. Now I know! :D

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Post by Corlyss_D » Sun Mar 14, 2010 2:58 am

smitty1931 wrote:As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen? Down here in Florida baseball caps are almost universal.

In a word, John Kennedy. When he took the oath of office hatless on that bitterly cold blowy day in Jan 61, it spelled the doom of the elegant hat as a staple of a man's attire. It had the same effect on hats as Clark Gable taking his shirt off in It Happened One Night to reveal that he was tee-shirtless underneath. Sales of tee-shirts plummeted. I've sort of come to consider it part of the infantilization of America. Today everyone from 3 to 90 dresses like a teenager.
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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by lennygoran » Sun Mar 14, 2010 7:50 am

>Interesting topic.<

I constantly wear hats and caps as we spend alot of times outdoors--caps for gardening and walking around outside, a cap when driving which helps with any glare and a ski cap for cold weather--then there's my mad bomber hat--here it is at the Central Park Christo exhibit.
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Post by Madame » Mon Mar 15, 2010 9:37 pm

Corlyss_D wrote:
smitty1931 wrote:As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen? Down here in Florida baseball caps are almost universal.

In a word, John Kennedy. When he took the oath of office hatless on that bitterly cold blowy day in Jan 61, it spelled the doom of the elegant hat as a staple of a man's attire. It had the same effect on hats as Clark Gable taking his shirt off in It Happened One Night to reveal that he was tee-shirtless underneath. Sales of tee-shirts plummeted. I've sort of come to consider it part of the infantilization of America. Today everyone from 3 to 90 dresses like a teenager.
Un unh! MY jeans don't have holes in the knees and my t-shirts come down past my waistline. :)

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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:03 pm

Men's hats, endangered? Can't prove it by me.

These last three decades I've been a faithful wearer of the cap variously known as the Gatsby, or beret (I'm not even sure those are the correct terms). Anyway, Redford wore them in the original The Great Gatsby. Jazz musicians like Shorty Rogers always wore them in the 50s, 13-year-old Michael Jackson wore them (so did brother Tito); untold hundreds of thousands of men still do.

Actually, rather few men even think of wearing or buying one of these--but they never mind stealing 'em!

Of course, they're not for everyone. (People always tell me I'm perfect in them.)
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Post by Chalkperson » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:06 pm

Madame wrote:Un unh! MY jeans don't have holes in the knees and my t-shirts come down past my waistline. :)
I have never worn blue jeans or a Baseball Cap in my life, I did wear Black Armani jeans for a while, many, many, moons ago, Elton John suggested that I wear sweatpants and T-Shirts for comfortable travel clothing (I used to do 150,000 miles a year in my Rock days), in fact, ever since he suggested it I have worn them every day, for over thirty plus years now, I wear Italian ones that are nice and comfy, and Hats too, once one's hair starts to fall out then Hats become the order of the day, I have dozens, just no Baseball ones... :wink:
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Post by Corlyss_D » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:17 pm

Baseball hats, berets, and do-rags don't even rate on the elegance scale.
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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by SaulChanukah » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:30 pm

smitty1931 wrote:As a fan of old movies, (TCM) it occured to me that in street scenes of the 30s, 40s and 50s every man wore a hat. In films of the 70s, 80s and 90s no one wears a hat. What caused this to happen? Down here in Florida baseball caps are almost universal.
You can a similar question about women...

Everyone back then wore dresses, and now almost more then half wear pants.

Why?

Because people back then were more like Gentlemen and ladies...

Today's new liberal ‘ethics’ and modernity had destroyed a good chunk of the good old days...

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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by Wallingford » Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:39 pm

Having just visited Google photos, I'll correct myself: what I wear is a Gatsby....a breed apart from the beret (though some mistake it for one).
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Re: What ever happened to men's hats?

Post by Jean » Mon Mar 15, 2010 11:08 pm

I have to say that I love it when men where any kind of hat that is a fedora or version of it. There is just something very appealing about it.
Doesn't matter the age or other charecteristics of the man. The hat alone just makes me take a second look and smile.
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