I’m pretty sure Lisa gave me the hat as a joke.

Actually, I’m certain that she did. Lisa and I, we seem to have this running gag that’s sprung up between us about hats.

It all started with this one, which I bought in Lisa’s company on a chilly but sunny day when we got miserably lost on the Lower East Side (I was the one that got us lost. Sorry about that, Leese).

Look at this photo and consider the fact that I am legally allowed to vote. And drive a car.

“You look positively mental,” she said, using that license that only friends and family have – that ability to tell us, without any offensive given, and without any offensive taken, that we have the appearance of someone who is entirely unhinged. I promptly lost that hat that night, to my chagrin and Lisa’s bemusement (“How could you lose it? It’s enormous and furry.”). I had been wearing it with a strapless black cocktail dress, which I still maintain was a brilliant move.

A few weeks later, Lisa sent me this hat in the mail to replace the one I lost:

Am I crazy for thinking this is totally wearable with everything from pajamas to sundresses?

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I was kind of giddy about it. I’m sure Lisa intended it as a gag, but I actually wear that hat all the damn time.

So when I saw her again just last week, and as we sat in a dark bar in Belfast, she handed me a wrapped little package, noting that it was a belated birthday gift, you can just imagine how excited I was.

“OH MY GOD,” I said, unwrapping a soft, fuzzy hat with a giant pom pom on top. “I am NEVER going to take this off.”

Lisa thought I was kidding. I was not. I wore that thing all over Dublin. One tour guide stopped mid-sentence when I whipped that sucker out, and just stared at me. And let’s be fair: the hat isn’t even that weird.

What?

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She told me that her youngest daughter reminds her of me.

“You would not believe the outfits she puts together,” Lisa says, showing me a photo of a redheaded toddler wearing what looks like a tea cozy on her head, and a pair of Lisa’s shoes.

Man, I envy that kid. I haven’t had the chutzpah to pull off a tea cozy since the 90s.

I’m thinking I might need to send Lisa this hat for her little girl. Or this. Or even this.

But first, I need to check if they make them in adult sizes.

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Comments (21)

  1. 26. Sep, 2012 / Kristina Cline:

    Ha! I am guessing you have a brush in your purse in case you must remove hat when the day/venue gets warmer. Probably why you lost the first one. I don’t really look good in hats so I envy you, the hats really bring out your eyes. And yes, I need to buy “even this” for my niece. Its going to happen.

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  2. 26. Sep, 2012 / Charlie:

    Ooh, I am torn between recommending either the robot or yoda … But I think it should be for your friend herself … You’re never too old to have young hats I reckon!

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  3. 26. Sep, 2012 / kokopuff:

    You look like a fierce Russian villainess from a Bond movie in the first one. One who is hiding a shiv someone on her person.

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  4. 26. Sep, 2012 / ring:

    HA! “Losing a hat” is a euphemism my brother and I use for nights (or days, we are no respecters of fixed party hours) when the extremeness of of sampling the local libations has caused us to misplace things….usually things like hats, but sometimes it extends to temporarily misplacing one’s self and waking up in disarray and questionable circumstances….but I digress. Why just the other night we lost a hat after the ennui of a local Shakespeare production drove us to a nearby wine bar to drown our boredom. Carry on.

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  5. 26. Sep, 2012 / Janet T:

    you look amazing in your new hat- and I vote for the Yoda hat for Lisa’s daughter

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  6. 26. Sep, 2012 / Penny:

    ohhhhhhh…the Yoda hat.

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  7. 26. Sep, 2012 / cosmoHallitan:

    You look great in hats! I have a smaller-than-normal head so most look ridiculous on me. But darn it if I don’t wear them anyway! I especially love my fleece lined one that my hubby says gives me “mushroom head.” I owned a really fab one once in my early 20s but I lost it at a bar after our company’s holiday party. I’m pretty sure I was wearing it with my cocktail dress too.

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  8. 26. Sep, 2012 / Sylvia:

    I was at one of the Paris fashion shows today (Guy Laroche), shooting the models and I have to say, you’ve got the fashionista look down with that bonnet.

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  9. 26. Sep, 2012 / Jeanette Jayne:

    Go for the yoda hat, or get the mini lumberjack beardy face one!!

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  10. 26. Sep, 2012 / Katie:

    I’m going to buck the trend here and vote for the robot hat. Yoda is soooooo our generation, but people of all ages can relate to robots. Plus, when robots finally supersede us and become our overlords, perhaps the hat will keep her safe.

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    Everywhereist Reply:

    Ah, see, I’m so caught up with the impending zombie apocalypse that I never consider the robot takeover. Good point.

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    Suzanne Reply:

    The matching gloves will also be a must. The Matrix would have ended very differently if Neo has rocked a hat and gloves instead of leather.

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  11. 26. Sep, 2012 / Lisa Myers:

    Hahaha! That’s brilliant. Only you can get away with walking around wearing these mental hats :) the very annoying thing, is that you, along with my daughter can, pull off the “Cindy Lauper” look. Love you crazy lady xx

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  12. 26. Sep, 2012 / Lisa Myers:

    Ps: I SO want to get Isla that Yoda hat. That’s Awesome!,

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  13. 26. Sep, 2012 / Jess:

    OK, so not nearly as wacky, but totally cute: the strawberry hat! Second only to the eggplant hat. Because who doesn’t want to wear a fiber eggplant on their head?

    And yes, I agree, the blue hat isn’t weird. But maybe I’m not to be trusted?

    :)

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  14. 27. Sep, 2012 / ilse:

    Nr one is very seventies early patti smith, number 2 is acutally illegal and Nr3 is CUTE

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  15. 27. Sep, 2012 / Montecristo Travels:

    I LOVE HATS!!! just love them. Have summer, spring, fall and winter hats. Large brim, and fun old school 1940 “military” inspired hats. 1930s cloche … I am really wanting a super nice mini top hat. I do fascinators too. LOVE IT! never understood why North America just hasn’t caught on. I have a fabulous teal faux fur hat and matching scarf for the winter … very … Dr. Zhivago! WEAR THEM with PRIDE!

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  16. 28. Sep, 2012 / Ned:

    Here’s a hat I think you’d wear, and it’s even in an adult size: http://www.etsy.com/listing/39323512/adult-bear-hat-coverall-hat-balaclava

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  17. 29. Sep, 2012 / Super Size Screens:

    My husband bought me a pink and green hat just like the last one you showed there. I wear it everywhere in the winter time, and I get the funniest looks from people. Oh well. I love the hat.

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  18. 06. Oct, 2012 / Audrey | That Backpacker:

    Or how about a bright coloured Peruvian hat?! ;)

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  19. 10. Oct, 2012 / Camels & Chocolate:

    Is it weird that I actually think the purple one is quite becoming on you?

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