Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Caps, Hats and Tuques

Someone asked about the colour of my caps after I posted this photo.

The reveal.

The collection began 8 years ago when Allyson and Alycia gave me the top two caps for Fathers Day when we were visiting them in Vancouver. I wear the red one when I want a dash of panache, and I wear the grey one most frequently as I don't have to worry about matching colours with my apparel.

I bought the plaid one several years ago and while it doesn't go with everything, I really like to wear it. I find that it works well with my rather neutral khaki colour, lightweight jacket.

The plain one under the red hat is the winter one which I mentioned previously. It's the newest and most expensive of the lot, but as I have already said, I don't like the lines, particularly with the earflaps pulled down.

I wear caps or hats most of the time in all seasons. It's partly for style but also out of necessity as a bald guy can get very hot or cold up there depending on the season. I don't wear ballcaps except at baseball games, which I don't go to anymore, but I was once upon a time a softball coach. Otherwise they don't particularly suit me or appeal to me. That's my opinion as it pertains to me; I know it is not widely held by about 100 million or more men on this continent.

I will wear caps indoors in arenas, shops, malls and low level coffee shops etc, but I doff in proper restaurants and other places where a certain amount of respect seems to be appropriate. Many others wear caps in any sort of building, but being raised when I was, it still seems socially inappropriate to me in many venues.

The 3 main caps are spring and fall weight: too hot for summer and not warm enough for Canadian winters. I have fedora-style hats for those seasons, partly because I cannot find suitable lightweight caps. I have had one or two in the past that I quite liked, but they elude me these days.

This is my summer hat. The winter one is of similar style but obviously a heavier material, and it also has earflaps.

I have looked through old photos, but this is the only picture that I can find of the winter hat. It will have to do for now.

That winter one is a lot of hat, so there are tuques (or toques) as active wear alternatives.

Well yes, I do get carried away sometimes. I could have stopped with the first two photos, which were all that were needed to answer the question about colour. But I didn't.


Marie Smith said...

I didn’t imagine a red one, but it is impressive. I didn’t realize there was such a hat protocol but it makes perfect sense with our weather!

Jim Flack said...

Nice hat collection. Glad to know that there's another guy out there who likes hats as much as I do. I like the red one!!

Donna said...

Well, I do declare! A living, breathing, gentleman, living in the North...Boys aren't really being taught this in schools today. I really only find it in rural areas now. Well done Ac!
Love the caps...

Mara said...

That must be a Canadian term: toque or tuque. I would call that a hat. I will soon start wearing them again as well. An orange one, so I will be easily recognisable!

Joanne Noragon said...

Like my former shoe collection.

Joyce F said...
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Joyce F said...

I liked your red plaid shirt in the last picture too!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Why stop with only one photo when you can show us your entire hat collection, John? I also have some hats, but only find myself wearing them sparingly when it rains or is very sunny out.