By Bob Hensz


OK Ladies, still time for some men's fashions before we shift gears back to the ladies fashions. Last month we looked at men's suits complete with wide lapels and a more tapered trouser leg. The picture included showed a man in a suit with a overcoat (probably) draped over his right arm. For so complete a picture, it was missing one thing (which would not have been work inside the office) - a hat.

hat Think about all the movies you have seen that picture the 20s and especially the model A era. In each one the men had on hats, not nowhere compared to the red neck "gimmie" ball cap of today, but a really classy hat - more known in many circles as a fedora the name according to Wikipedia, title of an 1882 play by Victorien Sardou titles Fedora, where the heroine wore a hat similar to what is now termed a fedora. Originally a women's fashion, it became a men's fashion in the late 19th century. As you think these hats, think about the movies and the Al Capone/gangster days and the hats they wore and you will have the perfect image of the fedora.

car The Homburg, also seen during that time was, according to some, more for formal wear. It had a single dent running down the center of the crown and a stiff brim with a bit of a curl to it. This is the type of hat that Winston Churchill work in the later 1930s and which started becoming more of an everyday wear hat.

Of course these hats, although stylish these hats were, of course, subject to wind - picture the "Windy City" (Chicago) on a blustery winter day. I could well imagine that the hats which were not securely "jammed" down on the head may briefly become airborne just prior to rolling briskly down the street. Instead a more casual hat would be the cap which was worn by Robert Redford in the Great Gatsby, or the one worn by Michael Pollard who portrayed C.W. Moss in the Bonnie and Clyde movie.

Hats have surely changed over the years, and yet the Fedora still portrays a certain classy style. Some men in the colder areas of the country still wear these today. As for me.mine is still in the closet on a shelf.

Top right: The fedora as pictured in a catalog page
Bottom Right: Men's cap 1930s era as pictured in a catalog
Left: The Homburg as pictured in a catalog

Bob Hensz is a member of the Brazos Valley A's Model A club in Texas.