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Old 21st April 2004, 08:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Something that has bugged me recently - why did the Hombergs of the 1920's go out of fashion?

Perhaps more to the point: at what point - and why - did men stop wearing hats with their suits?

Or is it still a fashion somewhere in America?
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Old 21st April 2004, 08:54 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

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Or is it still a fashion somewhere in America?
Not that I know of. Most of the men I see wearing hats (besides baseball caps, which don't count) are much older gentlemen who can remember when wearing hats was still in style.

As to when hats went out of style, I think it was probably sometime in the 1950s. Certainly, I don't remember seeing it done very much in the sixties. As I said, baseball caps don't count, and cowboy hats - which are still very popular in some circles - are a whole other story.

I actually kind of wish that hats for men would come back in style; I think they're neat.
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Old 21st April 2004, 09:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

I like them, too!
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Old 21st April 2004, 09:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

What are homburgs?

I love hats: I have a straw one and a purple velvet one and a red beret and I have loads of bandanas...
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Old 21st April 2004, 10:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Think 1920s hats.
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Old 21st April 2004, 10:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

I just looked them up in goodle- um, my dad has a hat like that- I brought it for him a few years ago!
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Old 22nd April 2004, 06:30 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

I like those also.
Definitely not a fashion I've seen anywhere except in old movies.
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Old 22nd April 2004, 06:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Let's revive it! I have an original from my grandad on a shelf nearby.

Should I start wearing it to business meetings?

Hm...maybe I need to ensure that I have a matching suit first?
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

By the powers of Necromancy, I command this thread to rise again! LIIIIIVE!

I just found this collection of pictures from old New York and wondered the same question. Are you still there Brian? Are you still wearing your hat?

I too have a weird desire to try and bring back hats. I'm buying a fedora.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 11:44 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Umm...Brian is Admin, Owner and the Boss, Zachariah...

Though if he ever started wearing a homburg, that I don't know.
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Well, colour me socially inept!

The only real hat I have now is this, passed down to me from my Grandfather. I yearn to wear it, but the weather conditions are never quite right.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 07:00 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Many folks who spend a great deal of time in the outdoors still wear wide brimmed hats here in the western US (think cowboy hats, although I favor a crushable wide brim cloth hat when in the mountains/deserts). Many country folks (and wannabees) also wear hats (Stetson is still in business).
Locally you can still get a felt hat steamed and styled.
Yes; hats are still worn by real people; although I haven't seen a homburg in a long time (fedoras were popular into the 1950s).

Enjoy!
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Old 3rd May 2009, 07:27 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

Ode to hats... in summer I can be seen occasionally wearing a Panama hat; unfortunately it's often windy in Cumbria hence it'll be replaced by the more secure baseball or Tilley hat. Or up in the mountains warmer thermal hats.
My dad and grandad being good Yorkshire chaps would frequently wear flat caps; indeed my dad still does on his walk to get the morning paper. I can't bring myself to do that quite yet.
On the last trip to my parents I looked at old photos of family from the 1930s; the flat caps they were wearing were the size of dustbin lids and looked absurd, like the 'ecky thump episode of the Goodies.

Meanwhile Homburgs died out through an excess of interbreeding. The gene pool narrowed to an unsustainable extent. When the next hat band pandemic struck... 'twas the end for the Homburg and their unique cry... "Waarrrk waarrrk" sometimes you can hear it in the background of silent movies from the 1850s.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 07:29 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

I love hats and I think they should definitely be worn more. I'm quite the fan of the trilby -- I have a couple and through winter I wear them a lot. I'm all for a homburg, or just hat-related, revolution sometime soon. Viva la hats!

Top hat - now there's a hat I want to wear more.
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Old 3rd May 2009, 07:48 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Re: When and why did Homburgs go out of fashion?

I'm like to wear a hat other than a baseball cap,something like Terry Pratchett's trademark hat, but my other half thinks I'd look a t*t.
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