How Cars and Hygiene Killed the Middle-Class Hat

Few accessories have been more roundly mocked in the past several years than the lowly fedora. Once associated with cool guys like Humphrey Bogart and Indiana Jones, the wide-brimmed beauty has become synonymous with online harassment and a steady diet of Hot Pockets.

To establish why that is, one has to examine why anyone wore hats in the first place and what changed to render them unnecessary.