Thursday, October 06, 2016

Visibility and vanity, and a happy heart

I've been woozy with jetlag and missing my girls, but I don't want to dwell on that. I want to talk about my hat.

Are you a female over 60 with grey hair, and when you venture out do you feel invisible? 

Buy a hat. 

You know the new hat that Isaac and Wendy bought me for my birthday? I had to wear it on the journey home from Colorado because I already had hand luggage so I couldn't bring a hatbox. I managed to store it in the overhead locker without damaging it, but all the time in the airport, charging from one terminal to another, hanging around in waiting areas, queueing to board, I wore my hat. And I noticed people looking at me - all kinds of people - young, old, men and women. I was visible for the first time in years!

OK, they may have been thinking "What the hell has she got on her head?" but there were no rude comments, no nudges, no winks. And when I asked the stewardess on the flight to Manchester if she would help me find somewhere to store my case, and she took it from me, I watched her. She took several minutes to make a space for it, stored it away, and shut the locker. Then she went back and opened the locker and checked the address label to see who I was. Did she think I was someone famous? Poor sap.

On Tuesday I wore the hat around Bakewell (with some trepidation) and no-one looked at me. Why was that? Answers in the comments at the bottom.

I want to ask you, though...about the positioning of the hat. I think it's a fedora and i think I should be wearing it like this:

But for some reason I feel really, really happy when I wear it like this:

What do you think?


  1. very much like number 2 photo

  2. Love the hat. I always feel self-conscious in hats, I wish I felt more comfortable in them. I like it best in the second photo, pushed back a little in your head.

  3. Great! Thanks for your comments.

  4. Anonymous2:16 pm

    Happiness trumps correctness every time.

    And you look much better in the second - you look good happy, somewhat burdened by correct, if indeed that is what it is.

    Suits you!

  5. definitely the second.

  6. Brent7:52 pm

    Really love the hat. Number two is better but you might try combining positions by wearing it less away from your face and cocked slightly to one side for a bit of panache if you are in the mood. Love your blog also.

  7. Thanks for the suggestion, I'll try it. And I'm glad you like the blog.