The WSJ had a nice post this week on the rediscovery of the hat. Young men are looking to the 40s, 50s and before for hints on style. It has caused a lot of confusion. And, there are meny who do not appreciate the non-ballcap trend.
Just 20% of hats sold in the U.S. are made in the U.S versus 90% in the 1940s, estimates Mr. Lambert, who is vice president of headwear company Dorfman Pacific.
In the 1930s, ’40s, and parts of the ’50s, a man wasn’t considered fully dressed unless he had a hat on. But by the 1960s, hat wearing fell off, partly as a result of longer hairstyles, cars with lower roofs and resistance from some World War II vets who didn’t want to wear things on their heads after wearing helmets for so long.