September 15 is the end of what once was straw hat season in the United States. As I wrote a couple of days ago in another context, since civilization spread beyond London and New York most of these traditions have been replaced by the requirements of local weather; nonetheless tailored clothing has a darker palette for the new season and a felt hat just seems to complement things a bit better.
Hats shield the head from sunburn and light rain of course, but in my opinion they also look better than sunglasses with a suit, perhaps because the suit and the hat are contemporaries while sunglasses are relative latecomers. Horn and tortoiseshell frames can be OK but the combination of dark lenses and shiny metal frames seems out of place with tailored clothing somehow. But I digress.
Conveniently for warm weather hat wearers, beaver felt is offered in a lightweight version and so this week I will be taking out my pork pie. Goodbye Panama hat.