There was a time, not long ago, when ladies and gentlemen would rarely leave their homes bare-headed. Over the course of centuries, hat styles have evolved, but it is the hats of living memory that seem to hold the greatest nostalgic value. But the donning of hats, along with most of the other trappings of formal white culture, fell victim to the deculturization of whites in this century in favor of “diversity”.
There are several theories that try to explain the decline of hats, but I’m more interested in understanding why they’re coming back. Specifically, I’m interested in why they’re coming back among whites. Among blacks, at least ghetto blacks, the dress hat is a statement that says “I be pimpin”. The same hat, worn by a (non-wigger) young white person, might express a subconscious yearning to be proudly white – just like his ancestors. There is a strong link between the donning of a formal hat, by a white person, and his white identity.
Such is the link between the wearing of formal-style hats, and whiteness, that a business that caters mainly to whites has only one way to depict whites, exclusively, in its advertisements without being accused of “racism”: It must show them as “ye olde whites”. Such whites are shown wearing hats of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Trader Joe’s is famous for this.
Hats are indeed coming back among whites. Willamette Weekly recently had a photo essay called “Feathers in Caps“. That hats are now commonly worn by the younger, white, crowd would be too obvious to devote an article to, so they specifically featured the feathers some choose to adorn their hats with.
Of course non-ghetto blacks also wear formal-style hats, but (except for some older blacks) they are few in number. I do not believe that the average hat-wearing black is making the same statement as the average hat-wearing white. A black, by virtue of his very features, expresses his blackness. He is taught, from a young age, to be proud of it. But a white person is taught to be ashamed of his whiteness. So if he wishes to express it in a positive way, he must dress in code. I believe the formal hat is just such a code – and I love the way it looks on them.