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Thread: I might buy a hat. I知 just worried about reactions from strangers

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    I might buy a hat. I知 just worried about reactions from strangers

    Last year I started getting an age mole frozen off the side of my head, by a skin doctor. It wasn’t serious, just large and it would get itchy.

    I already wear a hat to my walking group. But I’m thinking of buying a formal hat, like a Fedora or similar.

    I just know having dry ice, or whatever it was, sprayed on my head is something I’d like to avoid repeating. I had to have it done over multiple appointments. After each time it felt like part of my skull was frozen. It now looks as if it might be all gone, but I’ll see how that area looks after my next haircut.

    I had that and other, small, spots (none serious) frozen off. I’m thinking a hat might help stop other spots from appearing in the future. Although if people here think it won’t make a difference I’ll have to take note of that.

    But yes, I do worry about the reaction I’d get from strangers, in Melbourne, if I buy a hat. Is it something I should expect if I do buy one?
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    May I ask what sort of reaction you are anticipating?
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    Quote Originally Posted by shortblackman View Post
    May I ask what sort of reaction you are anticipating?
    Negative ones.
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    Age Mole? Didn't he write a diary?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Negative ones.
    That's a shame. I thought everyone wore hats now?!?

    i don't know about moles and whather it would help. (With sunburn and cold yes. Definitely.)

    But I'd be surprised and annoyed if you got a negative reaction for wearing a hat.
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    Here's a Strikers Fedora hat on Ozsale for $9.00. I'm sure they'd have a Stars hat for you to wear in Melbourne.

    I'm going to have to get a hat as well mate.

    I like the Akubras but my sweating a lot doesn't help for longevity. I don't want fork out a fortune only to find the hat stinks after a year or two and there's nothing I can do about it.

    I'd also like to get a bowler hat for formal occasions but now days I don't seem to go out to formal occasions much.

    I'm past worrying what people think of how I look...I reckon it's my head I'm protecting and if I like the look of it and maybe my loved ones like it then I don't care what the others think any more.

    Cheers.
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    I was a freckled redhead as a kid who enjoyed lots of fishing and water skiing. So you can imagine my skin problems over the years.

    I both need and like hats. You just need to find one that suits you. I like panamas which are very light, perfect for our climate and quite stylish. The Aussie aku**ra brand is another option. I have only ever had compliments wearing either type. To be perfectly honest most people either don’t notice you are wearing a hat or simply ignore it.

    So just go for it.
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    I'm a hat person, always have been.

    The problem nowadays is trying to buy a well made hat that fits you, most of what we see now is one size fits all throw away stuff.

    Anything decent is going to cost.

    As far as what others think, who cares.
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    Strangers wouldn't know what you look like without a hat anyway. They would just accept it.

    Friends and acquaintances might smile or make a joke, but hey, who cares? After a couple of days they will get used to it.

    So just buy a hat you like and wear it with pride!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post

    The problem nowadays is trying to buy a well made hat that fits you, most of what we see now is one size fits all throw away stuff.

    Anything decent is going to cost.
    I wear hats when needed at work, always have, but rarely at home, although I do regularly wear baseball caps at home.

    My problem with buying 1 or 2 decent hats is finding one that suits my boof head...62 is a boof head IMO This one size fits all does not fit all at all

    If you happen to be in Adelaide, The Mad Hatter is excellent, they have a steamer there and everything to adjust your chosen hat to fit, or they can order hats in for you but ... The hats there do cost...

    Cheers.
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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o3ic5uMzDis
    if you wear something like that, then....
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    You could always do a 'Gallagher' hat with a squirt gun or silly string can in it that pops out and squirts/strings someone when you get a reaction you don't like.


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    Thanks for the replies. I'll start looking at hats.

    I have to admit it has occurred to me in the past that it was a mistake for hats to go out of fashion. I see old pictures of guys wearing hats back in the 1940s or so and I think they probably had their heads better protected from the sun than we do today.

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    The real mistake would be letting fashion get in the way of what you want to do.
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    61.5cm (7 5/8) boof head here too, as my Mum says, 10 pound baby 9 of it was head :-). New Era 59fifty fitted baseball caps are great when you need some sun/weather cover plus some freedom moving around, try some on find your size you can get them cheap-ish online, Akubras are also great and long lasting (in my experience) and offer the rain/sun down the back of the neck protection with a full brim, again they need to be tried on to find a size and style that suits. I use and admire both, they have to be a snug fit as they can give a little an can shrink back.
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    Definitely wear a hat for sun protection, to hell with what people say or think. I have have worked outdoors for the past 30 years and have always worn a hat and suncreen, I recently had a melanoma cut off my ear which has left a gap on the top of my ear, when people ask what happened to my ear I tell them "someone bit it a piece off in a bar room brawl"--always good for a laugh!!

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    Support what others have said Pamount...

    I've got several hats that I've worn over the years, mostly all Akubra but I would never be without one...
    Still have three or four planted on the hat-stand, the oldest would be pushing 45-50 years old now and is still good.

    Mal.
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    Are you worried about the reactions from the hat or the dr's work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by boblinder View Post
    Are you worried about the reactions from the hat or the dr's work?
    The hat. Doctor’s work is fine.
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    How about a 10 gallon Stetson, with a bumper sticker on the back that says: Go ahead, make my day!


    Java "Plenty of room in it for lots of silly string!" phile
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    Fedoras have a pretty bad rep at the moment (if you visit Reddit, 9Gag, 4chan) :-)

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    Hats are great. My generation wishes we had worn big hats all our life instead of being "too cool" and now being covered in skin cancers.
    As I move around the place, I notice the younger generation is perpetuating the same mistake.
    Baseball caps are useless, throw them away. Get an Akubra. There are so many different styles it is ridiculous. I could see about 10 different ones that I really like.
    Quality straw hats are light and cool to wear and not as expensive. A Fedora never goes out of style and looks good just about anywhere.
    I generally remove my hat indoors but I notice there are some folks who maybe see it as some sort of statement and also wear them at night and indoors.
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    I've got a couple of trilby style hats which provide a fair bit of cover for the circumstances in which I use them. I also have a sombrero with a diameter of about 80cm which really stakes a claim at sporting fixtures.
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    I wear an akubra and have done so for many years. I have a large collection of hats and have worn hats for most of my life. I will have 3 spots removed from my head in the next couple of days. So whilst I believe hats help prevent the exposure they do not totally stop these nasty spots appearing. I have had similar nasties removed over the years. I think the exposure since birth to the sun in Australia, will result in a large proportion of the population having various spots and spin cancers at some time during their life.

    I do have a preference for wide brimmed akubras having owned 7 over the years.
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    The Richie Richardson offers great sun protection!

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    Geez, I reckon Richie must have put that through the washing machine a few times.
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    I got rid of an age mole a while ago..




    I divorced her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMcCee View Post
    I got rid of an age mole a while ago..




    I divorced her.
    Very classy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I'll start looking at hats.
    As you're in Melbourne, these guys might be worth a visit - https://www.cityhatters.com.au/

    They're next door to Flinders St railway station.
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    After getting burnt for the nth time I started wearing a wide-ish brim straw hat whilst hiking. Like a Panama but rougher (and a lot cheaper). Got quite a few looks but my face was no longer burnt, and it's easier on the skin (basically, airier) than sunscreen.

    Note the fedoras on the picture above, like most modern fedoras, have almost no brim. A wide brim is a must in Oz. Your neck will thank you.

    On my wishlist is a proper Panama, they cost a fortune but are very light and can be rolled up and carried easily:

    panama.jpg
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    I go through a lot of Bunnings hats. I wear them on my morning walk. They are ordinary looking but very practical - cheap, have a chin cord, very broad brim.
    Put a different hat-band on them and they look a bit better.
    They last longer if you put several coats of clear varnish (Estapol) on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Very classy.
    Thanks!!

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    So! how goes it with the hat Pamount, have you made a move?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    So! how goes it with the hat Pamount, have you made a move?
    Not yet. I had my car serviced the other day and I found out my car's clutch needs repairing and I'm getting that fixed on Thursday and Friday. I was told I can drive it until then but I'm cutting it down to necessary short trips for now. Also, I need to get new tyres within the next 2,000 kilometres, but I'll book the car in for new tyres as soon as the clutch is fixed.

    So the hat will have to wait a few more days, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pamount View Post
    Not yet. I had my car serviced the other day and I found out my car's clutch needs repairing and I'm getting that fixed on Thursday and Friday. I was told I can drive it until then but I'm cutting it down to necessary short trips for now. Also, I need to get new tyres within the next 2,000 kilometres, but I'll book the car in for new tyres as soon as the clutch is fixed.

    So the hat will have to wait a few more days, at least.
    Ah yes! priorities.

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