I’ve never considered myself a slave to fashion; to be honest I delight in being quirkily unfashionable; shabby chic and more often than not, just shabby. As I was writing that last sentence I took a quick glance at what I was wearing and realized my socks don’t match. I’ve worn white after Labor Day which is apparently a crime against fashion in the US – nobody knows exactly when the rules were imposed or by whom, but I have an image in my head of a group of bored socialites with nothing better to do, deciding on a whim that ‘thou shalt only wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day’. Coco Chanel bucked the trend, flouncing around in white whenever she pleased, so I figure I can too.
Another of those strange fashion rules concerns hats. Although there are slight regional variations around the US, today, May 15th, is recognized as the official Straw Hat Day. It is time to stash your winter felt hat away and break out your boater. So to celebrate Straw Hat Day, I decided to have a shuffle through my travel shots to see what hats I could find. Here’s a rather steely Viking hat ‘o war from the Brian Ború celebrations in Killaloe, County Clare.
The Muffler Man in Amarillo, Texas, doffing his cowboy hat at everyone who passes by on Route 66.
The Master of Ceremonies wearing a rainbow cap, celebrating Wren Day in Sandymount, Ireland.
And finally, a fabulous straw hat-wearing boater out on the waters of Lake Atitlán.
Aren’t hats fabulous? I think the world would be a much better place if we all wore hats more often. Are you ready to throw your hat into the ring with your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:
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Cock your hat, angles are attitudes. – Frank Sinatra
How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. – Philip Treacy