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Mike Roberts and Laura Glaess at Lindyfest 2011.
Some really cool folks from Austin, Texas (represent!). They’re awesome dancers, swell people to be around, and they’re married! It doesn’t get more fun than these two. Mike even set up a little Jazz combo in the hallway at one of the late nights and played the ukulele for us!
P.S. the song (one of my new faves} is Long about Midnight by Louis Prima.
What the Well-Dressed Lead is Wearing: Hats.
Put A Lid on It!: What’s hot this summer, and how to do it on the dance floor:
Use your head (and all other head and hat maxims you can think of). Get yourself looked at, look the part, or just look damn good. These hats are seen more and more on the streets, and the dance floor is the perfect place to pull them off with ease.
Two things to remember when stepping out with a lid: First, felt and wool are for fall and winter, and straw is for spring and summer. There will be some exceptions (I’ve yet to see a Newsboy cap in straw…) but that is the general rule of thumb. Second, it’s proper etiquette to remove your hat indoors. But I feel the dance floor is different. Rock that lid all night.
Here’s Lids 101:
1. The Fedora
Channel your inner classic crooner. Straight from the 50s and 60s, this hat will probably never go out of style. You can dress it up or dress it down. Wear it with a suit or a tee shirt and you make a statement. Some secrets: Straw hats this summer; your head will thank you. When dressing up, set it forward and cocked to one side. When dressing down, tilt it back on your head for an easy going look. Keep the brim small, and pair it with something similarly vintage (suspenders, tie bar, bowtie, etc.). You’ll look like a million bucks.
2. The Porkpie
A few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have suggested this. But then I saw Max Pitruzzella and Nick Williams pull one off flawlessly in the same night. So here it is. Taking its name from a likeness to the British dish of the same name, this hat is round and flat, sometimes adorned with a small feather. Think Buster Keaton, or French Connection era Gene Hackman. These also look great with a suit or a polo. Try an ascot to complete the look. Once again, straw for summer. Save your felt for the colder months.
3. The Newsboy
Golf caps. Newsboys. Gatsbys. Whatever you call them, almost anyone can look classy in one. For summer, find a cotton or linen cap, like the one above. For winter, wool and leather are a go. If you want to update the look, keep it reserved. A lot of excess hat falling around your ears will make you look like you walked out of a Fitzgerald novel (unless that’s what you’re going for. Then by all means baggy hats are for you.)
4. Hats to avoid:
I’ve yet to see a Bowler accomplish anything other than “I wish I could pull this off like Charlie Chaplin.” Grow a Chaplin ‘stache first. Unless, of course, you’re Prince William. That man can wear a Bowler.
The Derby is similar. It can come across as Hobo the Drunk Clown if you’re not careful. If you’re gonna rock the derby, dress it up (never dress it down), go vintage (super vintage) and hold your head high (because you rock.)
Also avoid the Top Hat, the Sombrero, the French Foreign Legion, or the Tri Corner Hat. Trust me on those.
So there you have it. Hats. Of all shapes and sizes. The great thing about all these rules is that they were made to be broken. Maybe you kill in a 10 gallon Stetson. Maybe you’ve got your grandfathers Fez that you’re proud to adorn your head with. Go for it. And hold your head high.
Have a hat you rock?
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