At the request of favorite femme friend and her dashing butch, I’m going to dedicate this post to hats. Some may be familiar to you, others, not so much, or maybe you just didn’t know what they were called so when you were trying to describe or look for one you didn’ t know what you were looking for!
Oh yeah- One thing before I get to the hats. I’m somewhat of a stickler for hat etiquette. If it’s a casual, night time event, feel free to leave your hat on. If you’re out to dinner, or in someones home? Take the hat off, ‘kay? A good rule of thumb is if you are eating outside (like at a baseball game, where your hat SHOULD be taken off only for the National Anthem) then your hat can stay on. If you’re eating indoors? Hats off.
For extra hat etiquette points, I’m going to quote from Andy’s hat etiquette page:
“A gentleman takes off his hat and holds it in his hand when a lady enters the elevator in any building that can be classified as a dwelling such as an apartment house or hotel. He puts it on again in the corridor.
A public corridor is like the street, but an elevator in a hotel or apartment house has the character of a room in a house and there a gentleman does not keep his hat on in the presence of ladies”
Ok. On to the hats!
I’m going to start out really easy with this one, and usually it’s a staple for many butches – the baseball cap. This one is my favorite ever- fitted please. For me? Unless I’ve coordinated a ball cap to an outfit, or am going to a sporting event, I don’t wear ball caps as “fashion.” Generally it means that I haven’t done my hair and need to go outside or run to the supermarket or something.
Obviously, I’m biased here, but you can buy pretty much ANY sports team cap at The Sports Authority. And if team sports aren’t your thing? Well, you can get a ball cap for pretty much anything – check out Lids or Pacific Coast Sunwear – or even better, a local store in your town with really original product. You can look cute with one of these worn back or front, high up or down over the eyes. Additionally, if you LIKE wearing ball caps, don’t think you can’t – just make sure it’s not ALL you wear – people will notice that they’ve never seen the top of your head before.
Next up? One of my favorites, the Ivy hat. I always wear mine backwards, and even though it isn’t the late 90’s anymore I still really really dig Kangol hats.
Similar, yet different to the Ivy is the Newsboy. I’ve never seen a butch not look hot in one of these. This one is courtesy of Dad’s Hats.
Another cool hat is the duckbill or pub hat – I really like this one that I found at Hats in the Belfry.
Now on to some more nighttime hat selections. My favorite, and current popular hot hat is the Fedora. I really really like this straw one, available at Urban Outfitters.
A more dressy, felt version can be found at the Village Hat shop:
Another dressy hat is the Pork Pie – I think this one looks really awesome when you’re all dressed up and ready for a night out on the town. I found this one at Sak’s Fifth Avenue.One more really classic dress hat is the Derby or Bowler hat. I found this awesome one at hats.com.
So…I know, I didn’t hit upon EVERY kind of hat there is to be found – I passed over Panama hats, Cowboy hats, and a TON others, but I hope I’ve been able to show you a couple of different examples of hats that you may not already have, or ones that you’d never thought about wearing before.
Are there any hats that I shouldn’t have missed? Any hat makers that you particularly like?