“What about hats for men?” asked Jordan, a young man attending the UT Club luncheon last week where I spoke about the importance of personal style in today’s society. His generation hasn’t seen much more than baseball caps and [in Texas] Stetsons, so it’s a valid question.
Ironically, during my trip to New Orleans last week, I wondered why more Austinites didn’t embrace a wide array of smart hats like
NOLA men. My friend Dan got into the spirit when we found him a porkpie hat on Royal Street that fit perfectly. Since returning to Austin, he claims to be receiving compliment after compliment and wears it regularly. I think this classic and stylish look will catch on here as we head into another hot, dry summer when a straw hat offers much needed relief from the sun. Browse The Hatbox on East 6th Street for a look at what’s out there. I challenge Austin men to trade in their baseball caps for just this season and see what happens.
Convincing you (or, ladies, that special guy in your life) to try an ascot may be a bit more tricky. We all start thinking of Hannah Barbera cartoon characters like Fred from Scooby Doo. But just look how hot Ashton Kutcher looks wearing an ascot! The FreshlyEducatedMan blog shows how to tie the ascot (easy compared to the standard Full Windsor) and when it’s appropriate to wear one. Try adding some panache to that button down and sport coat and see what happens.
So clearly, a vintage trend is appearing that brings a relaxed sophistication to menswear. So, why not take it a step farther and try a classic pencil mustache like Errol Flynn or Clark Gable? The full beard took over Austin during the winter, and Reid Wilson wears one that’ll knock your socks off. But summer requires a more practical approach. The American Mustache Institute shows various pencil mustache shapes. Note, the thinner the mustache, the larger it will make your lips appear. Keep scale in mind as you choose a width. The Gentleman Blog gives great examples of how pencil mustaches can vary. This could be the change you were looking for– try it and see what happens!
As a signature stylist, I’m excited that these looks open up doors for my male clients, who typically don’t get as many stylistic options as women enjoy. Perhaps one of these options is the signature item for which you’ve been searching.
Remember, style talks!