Why Yes, There Are 32 Hats in My Closet

The Collection

A photo of the 32 hats in my collection

I inventoried my hat collection and discovered that I own 32 hats, most of which were thrift store and final clearance sale finds. And I crocheted a few of them myself. As I actually wear all of these hats, I don’t suppose the number is excessive…

There’s just something about wearing a hat! The presence of a hat on my head absolutely makes my face look more distinctive. And wearing a hat is definitely a conversation starter. I get a lot of positive comments from both friends and strangers when I wear any of these hats.

The Allure

“A hat is a shameless flatterer, calling attention to an escaping curl, a tawny braid, a sprinkling of freckles over a pert nose, directing the eye to what is most unique about a face. Its curves emphasize a shining pair of eyes, a lofty forehead; its deep brim accentuates the pale tint of a cheek, creates an aura of prettiness, suggests a mystery that awakens curiosity in the onlooker.” 

—Jeanine Larmoth, Author

“Wearing a hat is like having a baby or a puppy; everyone stops to coo and talk about it.”

—Louise Green, Hat Designer

“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, Author

The Rules

Due to the long Jewish, Christian, and Western European traditions of women wearing head coverings and hats, it’s generally acceptable for women to wear hats at any time and in any situation—the rules for men wearing hats are a bit more complicated and subject to debate.

Here are some interesting overviews of hat-wearing etiquette:

Hat Facts–Hat Etiquette from The Village Hat Shop website

Hats Off! Hat Etiquette for Everyone from The Emily Post Institute website

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