So. Hats. Lids. Chapeaus. Sombreros. I LOVE ‘EM. I’m the granddaughter of a milliner, so hats are in my blood.
In the winter, though, I don’t just love hats, I need them. My head gets cold really easily and I even wear little caps around the house (I’m also a fan of hoodies, which I wear like a huge geek with the hood up and a scarf wrapped around my neck).
I have occasionally worn a knit cap to work but I find that while I appreciate the warmth and style of the look, I don’t want to look like I showed up in time to start a snowball fight. But my HEAD IS COLD! It’s always COLD! This could be a menopause thing! I don’t know! So I need to find hats that are warm enough to keep off the chill, lovely enough to look professional, and mature enough that I don’t look like I’m one mad second from running off to Brooklyn to join a hipster ukelele band.
I have great envy and admiration for African women’s beautiful textile head wraps but have no desire to look like I’m engaging in cultural appropriation by wearing one. Cotton babushkas are definitely part of my ethnic heritage as a Slovak, and I have always dug this French Revolution look (that’s the great Mary Wollstonecraft right there, people), but is it too eccentric with a skirt and blazer or sweater? I’d have to play around.
Here’s the kind of thing that I would actually wear (or have actually worn, with some trepidation):
I wore a knit cap like this, only a bit slouchier (not because that was the style, but because I have a small head) to a very casual church social event this past weekend. It is blue and green knit, and I wore a pair of black pants, teal blue boots, a charcoal sweater and a nice scarf in shades of teal and other accent colors. Someone thought I had arrived from a walk in the woods, and someone else didn’t recognize me, but smiled broadly when she did and said I looked cute. Neither of those reactions says “fashion disaster” to me, but I do want to be dressed respectfully and also keep myself warm. I have Chronic Cold Noggin!
I know that we have talked in the past about chemo caps for those of you who have walked that path while in ministry, but I would like to open this discussion up for broader reflection on head coverings for less much less serious conditions like Chronic Cold Noggin.
[Edited to add: I wore a wool beret yesterday to the office and felt like that was on the right track...- PB]