A man has to think ahead about his clothes. It's mid-July, so the end of straw hat season is but two months away. Time, thinks I, to get an autumnal hat into the queue. And it's a good thing that I did, since the lead time at my hatmaker, VS Custom Crafted Hats, has deservedly extended from four weeks to ten since last year. At that rate another few months will find him booked solid until his retirement.
The hat in question is called a cavalier, a lightweight felt that Apparel Arts considered suitable for town and semi-sports wear when there was such a magazine. Art, the hatmaking proprietor of VS, apparently hasn't crafted one before so it'll be interesting to see his interpretation. Mine will be brown, and made from the same lightweight beaver felt as the porkpie he made for me at this time a year ago. And since a man's hat shouldn't relate too closely to the rest of the clothes he's wearing in order to preserve that difficult to achieve "I didn't try too hard" look, I should probably wear it when I'm wearing oxblood or black shoes. But I do like a bit of a match and more likely it'll come out when I'm wearing brown.
It'll be my cavalier approach to fall.