Hats The Essential Men's Accessory?

Fedoras Still in Style

Photo by Carty/Air Canada

Hats have always made a nice accessory to round out certain chic or dapper looks, and decades ago they were the quintessential piece in a man's wardrobe, but times have changed and so has men's fashion. A change for the better, I must say. Not all agree, however, and the hats optional fashion trend is not universal.


I needed a drink, I needed a lot of life insurance, I needed a vacation, I needed a home in the country,” Raymond Chandler’s famously precise private eye Philip Marlowe observed in 1940’s Farewell, My Lovely. “What I had was a coat, a hat and a gun.”


The hat, a fedora most likely, was once as crucial to detective work as a sidearm and trench coat. And utterly masculine.


The same could be said about the business of hockey. Archival black-and-white shots of famous National Hockey League coaches such as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Punch Imlach or Toe Blake of the Montreal Canadiens invariably show them wearing a hat at work behind the bench. (Read More)


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