Abe from Cincinnatti writes to ask:
I’ve always wanted to get a bowler hat. Not to be ironic- I really like bowler hats. My question is: can I get away with wearing one with just going-out casual wear? Would it look weird if I went to the movies in a nice t-shirt, jeans, tennies and bowler hat? Or would I have to do the full edwardian get-up to make it look OK?
Before you buy yourself a bowler hat, ask yourself the following questions:
- Am I a college freshman putting together a Halloween costume and thinking about maybe majoring in film because A Clockwork Orange totally blew my mind and helped me understand the crazy turmoil that goes on inside me every time I see a lady or eat some shrooms?
- Am I starring as the father in a touring production of Mary Poppins?
- Do I have the use of a time machine?
If the answer to all of those questions is no, then don’t buy or wear a bowler hat.
(Sidenote: only a slight variation in the questions, involving The Music Man, is required to determine whether you should buy or wear a boater.)