In Defense of the Hat: An Editor's Perspective

I'm a hat dude. For the last few years, if you see me, you see a hat: beanies (always Neff!) and porkpie hats in the winter and baseball caps and fedoras in the summer. To be honest, I never really wore hats prior to two years ago—I never thought it was really my thing. But after sitting next to a guy in the coolest topper at brunch (yes, I'm okay with some hats at a restaurant table, despite what etiquette aficionados say) one Saturday, I started thinking: Here's this normal person in a standard outfit (jeans, a pullover, and sneakers), but somehow he looks different from the rest and, in a way, a whole lot cooler because of that one accessory. That afternoon, I stopped at a boutique on my way home and picked up my very first real hat—and it kind of spiraled from there. Now, it's become my signature. 

But there are other benefits to my hat game than just looking cool. The right style can frame your face, make your entire vibe feel inherently special, and so on. And I'm not the only one that thinks this (of course). I chatted with one of my favorite brands Goorin Brothers to get president Ben Goorin's perspective on the benefits of hats to back me up. 

Scroll below to check out five reasons why hats are awesome, along with some of my favorite styles to shop now. And if you're not a hat person yet, watch out, it's coming. Plus, what better time is there to embrace the #hatlife than this weekend in honor of the ultimate "hat-scapde," the Kentucky Derby!