Hats II

I recently posted about how I’ve been looking at and acquiring hats. I purchased a couple on ebay last week. This one:

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came in the mail a couple of days ago. It was unceremoniously shoved into an undersized USPS box and delivered to me at work. The brim was a little misshapen and the top of the crown was popped in. The crown easily popped back into shape. I tried it on, and my adjacent coworker said, “Well hello, Jeb.” Not to be discouraged, I took the hat home and decided to try my hand at reshaping the brim. The way I looked at it, it was already screwed up and if I screwed it up worse, I could then take it to a professional.

Last night, I put the tea kettle on the stove and worked up some steam. I carefully steamed the brim, a little at a time, and sculpted the kinks out of the brim and then reshaped it more to my own style.

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I’m not sure what’s up with the face I’m making there. It kind of looks like I’m about to sneeze. As for the hat brim – not bad for an amateur attempt! Still, there’s something about it that doesn’t look quite right. I wore it to work today, and a different coworker caught me in the shop and declared, “Your other hat looks better on you.” You’ve got to love people that have no filter! I’m not really sure what to think at this point. I’ve gotten nothing but compliments on my wool hat, but I’ve gotten very mixed reactions on this one. I kind of wonder if the crown is a little too wide to look right on me. One of the challenges of having a head sized like mine atop my five-and-a-half-foot stature is that a subtle hat shaping issue could tend to make my head look really big. So, please tell me what you think.

5 thoughts on “Hats II

  1. It has potential. Possibly shape the Crown a bit more, lose the sawed off stovepipe look? I like what you did with the brim, I usually take cowboy hats and turn em into something that screams “Farmboy”

    As an aside, is that how you wear your hats? it looks very…military.

  2. Not a big fan of hat-brims that turn upward – allow me to suggest a more flat-brimmmed oilskin hat like this: http://www.countryewe.com/moreinfo.cfm?Product_ID=2669

    That’s the 1480 Kodiak from the Outback Trading Company – keeps the sun off your head, the rain out of your eyes and is easily re-shaped in case of disaster… or, you know, being sat on – I’ve been wearing that model for the better part of 15 years, and just keep on buyin’ ’em.

    Btw – your height doesn’t matter nearly so much in terms of brim width, as whether your shoulders are wide enough to make it not look like you’re balancing a plate on a stick.

    – Ron
    .-= Ron´s last blog ..My Suggestion for DHS System Improvements… =-.

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