It turns out playing ultimate Trump fanboy wasn’t the worst thing the “Bawitdaba” singer did yesterday.
Kid Rock has come a long way from entertaining fans on the high seas. How far? Well he’s on dry land again. And he’s in the White House. Yesterday, the musician—real name Robert James Ritchie—put on his finest (only?) collared shirt and his fanciest fedora to join political luminaries Sarah Palin and Ted Nugent for dinner with President Trump.
As the failing New York Times noted, Kid Rock “wore his signature backward fedora,” to the big event, which is a style move that we’ll admit we weren’t familiar before and prefer to never see again. A fedora is already one of the riskier hat choices, a topper that if not worn properly and by a man capable of convincingly wearing it, will torpedo any guy’s chances of looking good in it. The best case scenario is that you’ll look like Bruno Mars or a young Frank Sinatra, while the worst—and more common—scenario has you looking like Punk’d-era Ashton Kutcher circa 2006 (yeah boiiii).
So to throw on a fedora and wear it backwards (so the curved brim faces front) is the sartorial equivalent of attempting a 720 double kick flip on a 2×4 with wheels. It just doesn’t make sense. And to be clear, we’re all for a menswear hack that makes something look better (breaking the collar on a new tee, rolling jean cuffs just right), but this isn’t one of them.
This is hardly the first time Mr. Rock has worn a fedora like this. But if the self-proclaimed American Bad Ass wants to be taken seriously as a potential Senate candidate (an actual sentence we have to write in 2017), he should give up the reversed headwear for good. Also he should maybe stop supporting people who are turning our government into a circus. But he should start with the hat.