It's felt season once again, and this season's hat is Art Fawcett's version of a cavalier model in lightweight brown beaver felt. The cavaliers I'd seen in old Apparel Arts illustrations were small floppy hats, and, sure enough, Art's implementation is a smaller-than-his-usual-scale fedora with an unbound brim that should curl nicely over time.
Walking down the street doesn't really call for a hat unless there's a light rain in the forecast (as there was last week) but they are also very handy in an open topped car. I have probably written before that when the sun's high in the sky a hat brim is better than sunglasses for shading the eyes. And when the fog precipitates raindrops, beaver holds up better than other felts.
Like the rest of the day's clothes, hats should be compatible with but not match, and a wardrobe with brown, blue, gray and black hats gives a man the variety he needs to not match in any situation. On the day of the photo I was not matching my chestnut shoes.
And that's the hat for the season.