May 17, 1957
Let the record show that there was once a time in Los Angeles when something other than a backward baseball cap was deemed the height of fashion in men's hats. [I mean, guys, at least take them off in restaurants--unless it's a truck stop].
Although its origins are shrouded in the mists of fashion history, Los Angeles' straw hat season began in mid-May and ended in mid-September, when felt hats returned. It was a practice that was embraced with enthusiasm beginning by 1894 and lasted until 1967, when the last holdout--Bullock's--gave up the idea.
The fashionable chapeau, 1906
The ever-popular sailor, 1924
An array of straw hats, 1930
Love that puggaree band, 1935
Miss Foreign Trade helps pick a hat, 1942
Walter Slezak, 1953. Note the disturbing disappearance of a brim. This could get ugly.
Uh-oh. This is not a good look, 1960.
A dorky straw hat to accent the equally dorky wingtip loafers (are you kidding me?) from Bullock's. Fashion doom, 1967.