Swing Discussion Boards > hat or no hat while dancing?

Discussion in 'Swing Discussion Boards' started by Diavo, Jul 22, 2004.

  1. Diavo

    Diavo New Member

    The pros and cons of wearing a hat (any swank hat) while dancing:

    - it falls off during complicated moves
    - it's hot!
    - it messes up your hair

    + it covers up your messed up hair :wink:
    + it looks good
    + you get lots of compliments
    + if you're the only person with a fedora/porkpie then people will remember you as "The guy with the hat."
    + you can pull off cool moves to pick up that hat while dancing if it fell off...
    + you can use it while dancing as a gesture (ex: I'll send the girl out for an outside turn and at the peak/max of it I lift my porkpie straight up and bring it back down; the girl's always smile!)
    + chicks in fedoras rule! :D

    Any other comments on it?
  2. swinginstyle

    swinginstyle New Member

    it can definitely be styling', but I hate the resulting hat hair.
  3. danceguy

    danceguy New Member

  4. salsachinita

    salsachinita New Member

    :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

    I love hats & look good in them, but my preferred casino style has moves that are not so hat friendly :roll: !

    I find that guys seem to be able to keep hats on, as opposed to girls who generally cop more of the over-the-head-under-the-arms moves (at least in salsa) :? ..........

    On the other hand, hats/bandanas are excellent bad-hair-day cover-ups :wink: !
  5. swinginstyle

    swinginstyle New Member

    I could so pull off the purple
  6. etchuck

    etchuck New Member

    Hats I have seen in swing dances are rather cool. Still, to me you need to choose a hat that goes with your clothes when you're dancing. In a sense, to me a hat is part of a "costume". The only hat I have is my cap from graduation, and that won't stay on my head. :)

    Now I would like to wear a tam. There's one guy who dances salsa here who wears an all-white outfit and a white tam.

    In salsa, I would agree bandannas work very well.
  7. HepcatBob

    HepcatBob New Member

    A gentleman always removes his hat when he is indoors.
  8. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member

    I'm not sold on hats for dancing... they don't bother me or anything but it says to me that the wearer is more interested in his outfit than dancing and definately doesn't care about the happiness of his hat!! ... and all that sweating and how often do you think he launders it?

    Often it comes across to me as someone just wanting attention and, well, that doesn't impress me much :roll: let the dancing speak for itsself

    Now I've owned and wore my snapped brim cap more than five years before I learned to lindy... I may wear it to a dance but I don't dance in it-- I care about the longevity of my hat and I care about my dancing (which will be ill effected when I get hotter than nessesary)

    ... but on second thought... do you guys think you dance better while wearing a hat? I could see someone thinking that they look really sharp and so feel better about themselves and their dancing.... what do you think?
  9. Diavo

    Diavo New Member

    I have to humbly admit that I do feel better when I'm dressed well (hat or no).
    Hey, when you look good, you feel good! and that's one of my mottos.

    But wearing a hat or not doesn't affect my dancing, nor my confidence. Now, the difference between jeans & slacks might...

    As for actually dancing *better*: only in the sense that as I mentioned, I use my hat while dancing for the occasional gesture or move. :wink:
  10. twodance

    twodance New Member

    Like my wife says "It's not a hat, it's an attitude."
  11. cocodrilo

    cocodrilo New Member

    Ha, ha on the attitude comment! That's so true, sometimes!!!

    I think guys look great dancing in hats! I could never imagine myself wearing a hat while dancing as it's hard enough for most men to get their arms over my head to begin with(I'm 5'8"). A hat would most definitely complicate things. :lol:
  12. Swing Kitten

    Swing Kitten New Member


    I guess that's something to note on--- it's 'hat attitude' which I have seen overwhelm the guy's 'real' personality at times
  13. Diavo

    Diavo New Member

    "It's not a hat, it's an attitude."

    LOL! :lol:
  14. benh

    benh New Member

    As I discovered this weekend, another disadvantage is when you have been wearing a hat all night it gets soaked with sweat (the old newsboy type hats - not sure what they are offically called).

    I was having a dance and the follower I was dancing with took the opportunity to grab my hat at the end of the song for the finish and put it on ... a move that she regretted as soon as she had done it!!!

  15. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Ew! :shock: :lol:

    Welcome to the forums, benh. :D
  16. westiemonkey

    westiemonkey New Member

    In my opinion hats are fine dancing if they don't interfer with dancing with your partner.....if it does... take it off.... if it doesn't keep it on. I love wearing hats but sometimes 3 or 4 spins and off goes the hat... if that happens i take the hat off.....just not fair to my partner if I'm always focusing on the hat and not him.

    Have a great day.
  17. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    I got to get a hat!! Just haven't been able to find that perfect one. The image that I have in my mind has never materialized into actuality. :(
  18. etchuck

    etchuck New Member

    I have too many ballcaps... and I don't like wearing them at anything other than ballgames now.

    You can leave your hat on when you dance. ;)
  19. Diavo

    Diavo New Member

    I have had experiences where the chick (uh, "follow" :wink: ) takes off and wears my hat for the duration of a dance, and although being Italian I sweat a lot, my hats don't get wet (well, not soaking).

    If I show up to a dance with a girl <space> friend of mine or two, one invariably wants to wear my porkpie all night long (I prefer porkpies over fedoras, they're jazzier). I guess that's the "save the last dance for me" cue. :wink:

    --Diavo 8)
  20. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Uh ... chick? :lol: :lol: Too funny. Sharing hats is kinda sexy, in an unsanitary sort of way. :wink: :lol:

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