I’ve been enjoying the Blacklist, but I’ve been becoming increasingly obsessed with the hats James Spader wears. You really can’t wear hats like that these days if you want to be a normal acceptable person. It’s a little weird. You can get way with it if you are on vacation, or a hipster, an old old man, or somebody who is slightly off. But, you really can’t go to a business meeting in a fedora.
Unless you are James Spader. He makes it cool.
James Spader is in middle age. So am I.
James Spader is balding. Me too.
He’s a little pudgy. Yup.
Do you see where I am going with this?
If we have all this in common, and he looks good in those hats and gets away with them and wears them well, than it stands to reason that maybe I can, too.
I started doing some research and one of his main hats is a Borsalino Bellagio. This is a $400 hat. Probably not the best starting point. Sometimes he wears a Stetson Mercury Fedora which is just a $165 hat. Hmmm. So I ordered it, and it came today. I was pretty excited. I happened to be wearing a dark suit today so that would be a good test. I unpacked the hat, went upstairs and stood in front of a mirror.
I the put the hat on, tilted my head slightly and gave the mirror my best ironic, sardonic James Spader grin.
I have to admit that if I was one of the most wanted men in the world, leaving one of the fanciest restaurants in the world after double crossing the FBI, thwarting a terrorist plot, and obtaining something of value for my own mysterious ends, than I probably would have looked pretty cool. Really. It would have looked good on me in that context.
But, that is not who I am, and that is not what I was doing.
What I was was a middle aged pudgy balding guy trying to look cool by wearing a Fedora.
And that is EXACTLY what I looked like.