Physically in Atlanta, mentally in Panama… 

Jesse Mills Wearing J Crew Panama Hat, Suit Supply Suit and Noble Breed Lapel Rose 4

Besides just being a cool hat, the Panama Hat actually has an even cooler story. It was originally named the “Panama Hat” when president Theodore Roosevelt wore it on his first trip to the Panama Canal in the early 20th Century, somewhere around 1915. Since that time, with it’s lightweight, handwoven construction, it has been a gentlemen’s staple for leisurely summer looks.

In the last couple years classics like the Panama Hat, Fedora Hat and others have made a reemergence as the go-to trend hat accessory. They’ve literally been everywhere, on everybody you can think of, so I’m always weary of wearing the trend, but have also realized that nobody can do it in the fashion that you (I) can.

“My view on trend(s): we can wear the same thing, but no two people can ever wear it the same way.”

Jesse Mills Paulmann J Crew Panama Hat

Jesse Mills Wearing J Crew Panama Hat, Suit Supply Suit and Noble Breed Lapel Rose 5

Jesse Mills Wearing J Crew Panama Hat, Suit Supply Suit and Noble Breed Lapel Rose 7

With it being one of the last weekends of summer I’d been eyeing this J.Crew Paulmann Panama hat and wanted to mix it in with one of the brunch ensembles. The natural straw color and chambray band is neutral enough to blend well with almost anything, so I rocked it with a chambray button-up, linen/silk blazer, and a linen blend trouser. Finished at the feet with my favorite wingtip boot by Hugo Boss.

I have no idea why I wore the pink lapel rose, but they’re just one of those things you throw in to break it up when the look seems too predictable. Noble Breed is my go-to source.

Jesse Mills Enjoying Grand Marnier Raspberry Peach with Friends Jesse Mills Wearing J Crew Panama Hat, Suit Supply Suit and Noble Breed Lapel Rose 2

Cheers to summer,

‘Champagne Jesse’ Mills