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THERE WAS A TIME, some decades ago, when men would routinely wear hats once the winter cold settled in.  Men would choose their style and fabric carefully, but the use of hats was mostly practical: to provide warmth and comfort.  Workmen would wear

knit caps, sportsmen would wear sportscaps, many with ear flaps, and office executives would wear more traditional, say, fedora, stylings.  

 

I remember when much of that changed—in a single TV glimpse of the glamorous new American president, John Kennedy, who was photographed bareheaded in mid-winter, 1960 and who looked so dashing that he single-handedly banished the hat from many men’s wardrobes. 

 

                                       Michael Jackson Impact

 

It’s taken a half century for the hat to make a men’s sartorial comeback, but come back it has, Big Time!  Fall fashion dictates a hat as finishing element in many sports-to-more formal ensembles. And, again, the hat’s renewed popularity has been sparked by celebrities—the late Michael Jackson, of course, for the many versions of the Fedora. 

 

The Fedora continues the favorite of many men’s clothiers, such as Dunhill and Kenzo or Prada.  It’s been mated with everything from a mod T-shirt to a relaxed city suit.  Also, the classic small-brimmed cap is often paired with sportsjacket, contrast shirt and patterned matching small scarf and breast-pocket handkerchief for a casual, yet finished look.  

 

A bit of faux formality is being shown, with double-breasted suit jackets with contrast buttons accenting the style which nonetheless is unstructured and unlined.

New and comfortable!  And Michael Kors introduced a tan suit that looked quite conventional– except that that jacket is completely sleeveless, baring the arms from the shoulder.  It presents a visual contradiction:  a nicely refined, tailored suit, with startling, even erotic nakedness of the arms.  Wow…

 

WORN WITH MANY OF THE NEWEST CLOTHING DESIGNS FOR SPRING ARE GOOD-LOOKING, TRADITIONAL FEDORAS AND BOWLERS. LOOK HERE:

 

 

 

 

  • Men’s wool felt bowler hat.  Check out the sophisticated styling and quality construction!

 

                               Sexy Shades – Dark and Mysterious

 

Even though use of hats shades the eyes naturally, dark sunglasses add to the mystique and look oh, so! trendy and smart.  Aviators are the choice of Dolce & Gabbana—they led a phalanx of hip looking models down the runway, all outfitted with the same aviators.  Michael Bastian paired large-lens dark glasses with a white-banded black fedora.  Lacoste matched happy, yellow-rimmed big sunglasses with a smart yellow T-shirt.

 

REMEMBER, AVIATORS ARE TIMELESS, ALWAYS IN.  THEY CONTINUE AS NO.1 BEST SELLER SUNGLASS DESIGN FOR MEN.  CONSIDER THESE:

 

 

  • Sports sunglasses with colored mirrors.  Suave and affordable!

 

 

Another retrouve design element is the bow tie, repeated on a moving row of models by Dolce & Gabbana; setting off a denim shirt atop short-shorts by Trussardi 1911; and a black and white mini-patterned bow tie/matching suit pocket handkerchief combined with a sharply tilted light fedora, all by Dunhill.  Individual style, very NOW.

 

                                                 Hey, Red…

 

Lighter weight fabric is the ultimate design element, and accessory as well:  Neckerchiefs abound, some patterned, some monochrome.  Fire-engine red, long Scarves match red suit jackets, red (yes!) coats, red trenches, red leather jackets.  Etro draped a wide, fringed silken scarf over a patterned jacket. And Hermes knotted a midnight blue silk neckerchief at the open collar of a subtly striped blue shirt.

 

Men’s jewelry took the form of multiple necklaces at open necklines, with manly pendants, often hanging from cords or leather strips. Versace decorated a handsome young model with sleeveless grey patterned T, sleeveless grey vest overshirt, grey rimmed outsize sunglasses, staggered corded pendant necklaces.  Impeccable, gorgeous guy glam.

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