My father went to great lengths to keep my rule making wish list in check, although I'm certain the world would now be a better place had my younger proscriptions been taken seriously. Time and again dad would quietly yet forcefully explain how those who cared enough to make rules, proceedures or policies had to care enough to enforce them. Not just once, but near forever I heard "It saps a man's will to live." That said,
I propose the following law:
That no man, not yet old enough to draw his retirement pension, may at any time or circumstance appear in public wearing a straw boater.
It's corollary is simple: Take the damn hat off, you look like a doofus. This, coming from a hat guy.
Have you ever seen a young man in a skimmer that didn't look like the hat was wearing him? No!
A skimmer needs more than youthful aplomb, it requires dignity, elsewise it looks costumey. The required gravitas is accrued only through experience. I've 2 in a hat box in my closet, that I hardly dare to look at, much less consider wearing.
These gentlemen demonstrate a properly worn boater.
Mr. William Benemann-UC -Berkeley
Conta Costa Times
Hat Ladies of Charleston (and next)
photographer unknown, maybe Mr. Mort