We seem to be living in a small window of British history where the gentleman’s hat is not in favour. I see baseball caps quite regularly, and occasionally a flat cap, but rarely a proper hat. Except on older men of course who still regard themselves as undressed without necktie and headjoy.
Uniformed officials still wear them although it seems to be less often these days. I often see police officers without hats. And I can’t remember the last time I saw a bus driver in a hat.
I remember once reading a very old copy of the Police Gazette, an in-house Home Office publication that describes those people who are most wanted in any particular week. It was dated sometime in the 1930s and the description of one rough sort included the line ‘Sometimes wears no hat’. I laughed at the time, but thinking about all the photos I’ve seen from that era, I can’t remember seeing someone with a naked head. The bad guy must have stuck out like a sore thumb.
Fashions change and I’m sure that the hat will soon be back, just as flares, Ra-Ra skirts and tie-dye t-shirts have. I think it would be nice to see a few bowlers, deerstalkers, sola topees, straw boaters, porkpies and berets back on the street. The odd sombrero, stetson or fez would be nice too to add a bit of foreign glamour and colour. It would make a pleasant change from just seeing chavs in mock-Burberry gear and gangsta-wannabes in their shiny label-plastered designer pimp caps. And certainly classier.
And I could tip my hat to you. Good day all.