Every morning (when I make it on time!) my bus picks up an attractive young fella. He’s noticeable because he’s attractive, yes, but also because he’s very polite. He always thanks the bus driver, even when he gets off via the centre doors. He’s been known to give up his seat, and even to jog down the bus to help someone on with a buggy or suit case. And he wears a cloth flat cap.
I don’t know if this is an Oxford thing – I’ve certainly not noticed it in Leamington – but a LOT of younger men just now are wearing flat caps. I’m not talking your student indie boys, but late twenties and through thirties, often with tweedy jackets and trousers, open necked shirts and occasionally ties. It works with the oversized men’s cardis that various X-factor contestants made wearable last year. It appears a sort of 40-50s casual working class homage, vintage for men.
I have to say, I rather like it!