Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Walking in the sun and driving a car with the roof open call for headgear, and hopefully something other than a baseball cap. Yes, Esquire considers the baseball cap to be one of America's contributions to men's dress but author Paul Fussell would almost certainly describe that entire list as clothing for proles, including as it does such other contributions as sweat pants and the hoodie.
So what does that leave us? Classic dress offers a variety of options, including the straw boater and the trilby. But I like the cap, particularly the slightly oversized versions like the late Duke of Windsor wore as a young man.
Caps perform all the functions of other casual headgear and offer an advantage that's unique to them. They are made from the same cloth that's used for suits and odd jackets, so you can get what you like.
Try them in linen for warm weather and tweed for cool.