It’s been raining for a few days here in Tel-Aviv, even hailing! This is ideal weather to wear my burgundy Fedora and resume my posts on the subject.
Fedora hats lend themselves to somewhat masculine outfits i.e trousers, trench coats and for the more daring dressers, manly ties and lace- up shoes. (That is not to say that I do not surprise myself and do a Fedora with a feminine outfit – see my first post on the Fedora).
Today’s tip for wearing the Fedora: Do not wear it too far on the back of your head! It really looks ridiculous when “sitting” far back like Donald Duck wears his little hat.
Make sure the Fedora is sitting on the front part of the head, just a few centimeters above the eye brows.
Some intriguing points about the history of hat wearing-
At the turn of the 20th century in 1900, both men and women changed their hats depending on their activity. For many ladies of some social standing that could be several times a day.
Period etiquette articles suggest that it would have been disgraceful to venture out of the house, in those days, without a hat or even gloves. One record tells of a young lady venturing out to post a letter without her hat and gloves and being severely reprimanded for not being appropriately dressed. The post box was situated a few yards from her front garden gate. (It was not mentioned whether she was wearing any other items besides a hat and gloves…)
In the Edwardian age it did not matter if you were poor or rich, old or a child, whatever your status, everyone wore a hat. Only beggars went bareheaded. Even militant suffragettes did not campaign without a hat. The hat would be fairly functional in style and form, but a hat was still worn.
In the very early days of Israel, the first new settlers, who came from European countries, wore hats, ties and suits everywhere they went, even in the summer although totally in appropriate to the middle -eastern weather. It took some time until they succumbed to the heat and to a more weather appropriate dress code, and discarded suits, ties and hats.
Dress warmly this weekend and do not forget your Fedora
hat – Miss Selfridge ; trench coat – J. Crew ; lace shirt – Mango ; trousers – Frida
leather bag – Kisim (Israeli desighner) ; shoes – Jeffry Camblell