There was a time, decades ago, when no well dressed man would be caught without a hat. There’s some dispute about why we mostly stopped wearing them. Some believe it was because JFK didn’t wear one at his inauguration.
I wasn’t a “hat” guy until 2012. That May, we took a trip to San Francisco. As we toured, it became apparent I needed something to keep the sun off my head. We happened upon a Goorin Brothers hat store, and I bought a sweet, straw casual fedora.
Since then, I’ve added about eight more to my “inventory”—mostly casual fedoras, but also a few flat caps. Besides protecting my scalp from UV rays, they’re just fun to wear. It sometimes feels weird to not be wearing one.