I bought this white on white hat in my 20s, soon after the navy blue and white hat. Unlike the black on black hat, which I basically forgot, I’ve always loved this hat.
When I wear this hat, I remember when I bought it, being in my early 20s—owning my first car, moving out of my parent’s house into a studio apartment, having my first serious boyfriend. This white hat isn’t a time capsule, though, because I’ve continued to wear it over the years. It was my go-to for Easter, since it goes with every spring dress. In my 30s and into my 40s, I wore it to the church where I got married. I wear it now in the new church I go to.
Though I often go for the flashy in my attire, this hat is a simple thing done well. I like the gauzy ribbon with the cute edging. I like how it hangs over the brim of the hat. This hat fits really well too, neither too small nor too big. It’s the peanut butter sandwich of hats, the vanilla soft serve, the oatmeal with fresh strawberries. Something simple and satisfying that I can come back to time and again and enjoy.
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Ann Hillesland writes fiction and nonfiction and collects hats. In this blog she vows to wear (not just model, but wear out of the house) every one of her hats, blogging about their histories and their meanings for her.