I LOVE hats, that is my confession. I don’t know when my obsession began, perhaps when I was young, but it was never for the baseball hats that are so prevalent. The first hat I recall wearing with some regularity was a French Beret, exactly like this one with corduroy…the only difference, mine had pockets…one zippered where I kept my milk-money, one slip in…hey, be honest, you are jealous, or, you would have been in the late 1970’s when I wore mine. I was stylin’.
I don’t remember when or where I acquired most of my hats. I know my cowboy one, shown here, I’ve had since the early 1990’s and I bought it down in Mexico. I added the hand-carved band, and that gold on the side, is this awesome horse pin of galloping horses. Unfortunately, I let it sit in the window for a long time and it faded far beyond it’s brown color, and the cats used to lay in it all the time. It took a long time before I could get all that cat hair off it since it’s a crushed felt thing. The cool thing about the color is under it is the dark brown, and on top is the fading, it’s well-worn and comfortable. I wore it to Canada and loved it with my hiking boots.
My profile picture frequently shows me in my red Fedora. This is GCLS 2015 in New Orleans with me doing an author reading.
This really is my favorite. I save it for author events, it’s very distinctive, but I wouldn’t advise wearing it through the airport (that’s another story for another day) much less on an airplane…people do stare.
I don’t wear my hats for attention, I wear them because I simply like hats. I keep them up very well, store them, have a few that only come out at Christmas, one with deer antlers (and yes, that’s another story for another time). Even one that lights up.
The thing is, some people I’ve been with don’t like to be seen in public with me when I wear certain ones. My friend Jess had no problem with me in my top hat seen here.
God, we had a lot of fun that night, dancing our imaginations off! It’s when I start to talk about deer antlers, or rainbow hats, and these are just some of those I found, most of which I wouldn’t be caught dead in, just so you know.
They don’t want to be around me when I find hats that light up (let’s not mention the shoes), and other things I have fun with.
I really think it was because of the movies, yeah, that’s it, I’ll blame the movies. After all, who DOESN’T think Katherine Hepburn in a Fedora is sexy as hell?
Then of course it’s a few others with their accents, their debonair good looks, or just their style.
Who wouldn’t be influenced by these fantastic stars? Ingrid Bergman? Marlene Dietrich? C’mon, their beauty and class just ooze outta those hats and they are rockin’ them!
Maybe it was my mother who also loved hats…yeah, we can blame her too. Wish I could find the picture I have of her wearing an Australian Safari hat, isn’t that awesome that it buttons up on the side?
I have to say, I’ve NEVER been a fan of Annie Hall and even though she’s wearing a Fedora, I hate the way they kept that brim! Sorry Diane, it isn’t my cup of tea!
When I lost all my hair to chemotherapy, I had a straw hat that I went out and bought, I still have it but can’t wear it without painful memories. It was something like this and hid my baldness. Bald was not beautiful for me. Audrey Hepburn, I was not!
Maybe I should get a rainbow Fedora? What do you all think? Think the girlfriend would be seen in public with me wearing one?
I think I’ll stick to my Fedora’s, maybe my western hats, wait until my girlfriend sees my court jester hat!Yes, I do have one, mine is a bit more elaborate than this one, and no, I’ve never had an occasion to wear one. Better plan on Mardi Gras one year?
Or maybe I should get this one? I have it on my wish list and haven’t been ‘brave’ enough to get it…yet!I did recently acquire a blue one that I’m digging and enjoy wearing around town. It’s warm, it’s wool, and people do look at you oddly because no one wears anything but baseball caps or occasionally a cowboy hat up here. I consider it my ‘everyday’ hat, it also hides those dreadful ‘bad hair’ days. Yes, it’s an exact match to my red one. Ah well, I be stylin’.
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