Can a man wear a hat without looking like a tool? It's a debate that's split the Esquire office and one that isn't easily answered, because the hat is an enigma; an item that cannot be judged in strictly binary terms: good or bad.
Overwhelmingly the hat wearer ends up being worn by the hat itself, crushed under the burden of trying so hard to look cool that you can practically smell the insecurity seeping from their pores, "Look at me! Look at me!" But that doesn't mean it can't work for a lucky few. A lucky few that includes David Beckham.
Of course it works for David Beckham...
In attendance at The Queen's Club in London to watch some pre-Wimbledon tennis, our most-famous style export dressed up his denim granddad collar work shirt and Wayfarers with an actually very cool felt fedora in a slightly battered, casual shape that blended well with the overall low-key nature of his look.
Yeah, he might have the kind of 1/1,000,000 bone structure that makes hat wearing look easy, but the real reason that Dave pulls the fedora off is that it compliments, rather than dominates his outfit.
While we can't tell you for certain if that Lock & Co. hat that you've been window-coveting for months will actually work out in the real world, the most important thing to remember is that you need to feel relaxed and confident in a hat. If you're thinking "Fuck, fuck, fuck what do people think of me in this hat? Do I look good? No, no, I look terrible. Actually maybe I look ok?" Then you'll end being that guy in the hat, rather than a guy who sometimes wears one.
You can probably guess which one David Beckham is?