Hats are back, big time, I hear. I read this a while ago in a couple of on-line fashion articles. Apparently there were lots and lots of hats on the runways for spring and summer 2020. Lots of hats at various fashion weeks, when there were fashion weeks. Baseball hats in particular. But also bucket hats, straw hats, sun hats, panama hats, even something called “dad hats.” And, you know, it’s only lately that I’ve realized the significance of this trend.
So yeah, hat head can be a good thing. Is, in fact, a good thing. Who knew? Isn’t it great when trends and necessity meet?
I found these shots below to illustrate my point. I love the denim A.P.C. baseball hat. And young Kaia Gerber in her plaid coat with her matching sneakers and baseball hat is the epitome of easy, casual chic, to me. That’s a look that anyone, of any age, can carry off in my opinion. Those bucket hats made me scrounge around in my storage drawers and haul out an old fishing hat that Hubby bought for me. The plaid one is Burberry and the green one is Etro. That green one almost makes me want to shop for a cool hat.
But that pseudo baseball hat with the crochet by Stella McCartney is a bit, ah, puzzling. And silly. Nothing like protecting your face from the sun and creating a patchwork of red and white lines on your forehead at the same time. This hat is strictly runway, I think. It reminds me of the post I wrote eons ago which included a bulky winter turtleneck that was missing a sleeve. Because in winter it’s good to be all cosy and warm with one freezing arm. Ha. The equivalent of thrusting one leg from under the covers when we get hot in bed, maybe? Fashion hyperbole can be so good for a chuckle.
But hair hyperbole, now that is no laughing matter. And the pandemic has created hair chaos for many of us. Okay, maybe not chaos exactly. But certainly a weekly evolution of colours and styles… or lack of colour and style. I’m not joking when I say that if I were not colouring my hair, I’d be 100% white-haired. And if I cut my hair today at the length I normally wear it, I’d be 50% white. But since I began to go grey in my late twenties, that’s not surprising. Lately I’ve been playing around with my hair, pulling it back off my face to try to visualize what I’d look like with all white hair. And you know, I’m not sure that I’m ready to go there yet.
As my hair has been evolving, I’ve also been pinning inspirational hairstyles to my “Bad Hair Made Better” Pinterest board. Looking for styling ideas for my growing locks. You can see that board here, if you’re interested. For the first time in years, my hair will be long enough and faded in colour enough that, when I finally see Carmen, we can try something completely different. And I’m not the only one, as you can read in this post on Disneyrollergirl. Navaz Batliwalla says she’s contemplating her post-lockdown hair choices as she “continues to grow [her] fringe.”
In the meantime, I’m going to attempt a different style the next time I wash my hair. And look for new and fun ways to achieve hat head. This is my old bucket hat. Hubby bought it for me as a fishing hat years ago. I’ll be employing it if the new style attempt is a disaster. And of course wearing it in the garden in the weeks to come.
And by the way, my new box-cut tee shirt was finally delivered from Everlane. I really like it. It’s pale pink. The cotton is really soft and quite heavy. Not nearly as sheer as my Vince tees. The crew neck is nice and high, and the boxy shape is just what I wanted, more fitted around the neck and shoulders, and loose around the middle. I ordered a size large. I’m wearing it partially tucked into my sweatpants in both shots, but when untucked it hits me at my mid hip. I’m going to order the box-cut tee with the pocket as well, I think. I did a tee shirt inventory and I am sadly lacking in tees to wear at home.
You know, I’d never heard the expression “hat head” until one winter in the eighties. Hubby was on a bus with his students travelling to Mount Tremblant for a ski day. And after everyone and their equipment was loaded, and he’d finally boarded, plunked himself down in the front seat, and told the driver to go, he pulled off his toque. The two girls in the seat across the aisle started giggling. He looked over at them inquiringly. “Sir,” one sputtered. “You have a mean case of hat head.” Then they burst out laughing.
I should say that back then Hubby had much more hair, and thick and curly hair at that. Since he’d left home at 5:30 A.M., having shaved the night before, and with no time to brush his hair before he rushed out the door, I can well imagine what it looked like when he pulled his hat off. A mean case of hat head, I guess. Ha.
So, yeah, hat head is a good thing now. Thank goodness. I always wear my baseball hat when I’m walking, but I think I will utilize my casual hats when I’m running errands. Maybe I’ll even try wrapping a scarf on my head. Although I admit, I’m much more of a baseball hat kind of person than the scarf turban kind. Still it’s better than displaying half a head of white hair, I think.
It’s lucky when our fashion needs dovetail with a current trend, don’t you think? But whether that’s kismet, karma, or plain old pragmatism, I have no idea. I’ll let you be the judge.
So, do tell, my friends. What methods are you employing to keep pandemic hair issues to a minimum?
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