If you are a regular reader, you already know that I have quite an obsession with hats recently. You also know that where I live in the very northern reaches of New York State, we are experiencing one of the coldest winters ever. For example, this weekend it was reported that the blistering cold temperatures combined with very aggressive winds resulted in real feel temperatures of -50 degrees. I know for some of my southern friends, temperatures like that may be difficult to grasp. Put simply, that’s effing cold. Needless to say, I stayed inside all cuddled up and warm with my family this weekend. In fact, as I sit here typing this post on Sunday afternoon, I realize that I have not left the house since Thursday afternoon.
I figured with it being so cold outside, now is a great time to discuss some reasons for wearing hats this winter. You will probably find them pretty obvious reasons. But that’s okay. This is all for fun anyway. Clearly, I had to take my photos inside the house…because cameras (and people) freeze in these types of temperatures. And clearly, my Christmas tree is still on display a week into January. However, we did take all of the Christmas decorations down today…except for the tree. I like its comforting warm ambience and may leave it up for awhile. We are now calling it our living room tree.
Now you already know that I haven’t left my house in days, so you may be wondering why in the world I am wearing a hat indoors. That leads me directly to the number one reason for wearing a hat this winter.
1. Hats keep your head warm…which in turn keeps the rest of your body warm. And when it’s -50 degrees outside, it can get a bit chilly inside even with the heat going full blast. Yes, I wore this hat all day yesterday…inside my house. And I was comfortable and warm.
2. If you have to venture outside in this crazy weather and the winds are blowing at about 25 miles per hour, a hat will keep your hair from blowing all in your face and blocking your view. I know I hate it when a giant wind gust slaps me in the face and I get a mouthful of my own hair. So gross. It gets all stuck in your lipstick and you find yourself pulling off one scrawny strand at a time. Just be sure to wear a hat that is snug on your head on windy days. Otherwise, you may lose your hat!
*Jeans: Gap Factory (Old).
3. Hats hide your gray roots. Especially when it’s too cold to head down to the salon and get your color touched up! It has been about 5 weeks since my roots were last colored and there is a very evident silver sheen going on around my scalp! But you can’t see it, can you? Nope. Because hats are wonderful for disguising these things.
*Crochet Duster Cardigan and Long Tassel Necklace: Cato Fashions (Old).
4. Hats are also great for covering up bad hair. Maybe it’s just too darn cold to even wash your hair. Or maybe you are just learning how to use a curling iron at the age of 43 and haven’t quite figured out how to get the curls to distribute evenly over your head. (Do you like the curls sticking out of my hat though? The top of my hair is completely flat. And gray. But you can’t see the multitude of flaws going on up there. Hats are wonderful.)
*White Duster Cardigan: Fort Drum Exchange (Old).
5. Hats are freaking adorable. Once you find the right hat shape for your head, you can elevate any outfit and add lots of extra interest. Perhaps a pop of color is what you need. Or maybe you want a subtle pattern mix. Maybe you are going for an artsy vibe or you just need some wow factor. If you haven’t tried a hat yet, I highly recommend it! Hats have quickly become one of my favorite accessories ever.
*Booties: Old Navy (Old).
“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” –Martha Sliter
What are your thoughts about hats? Do you wear them? Which is your favorite style?
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