Hats are considered one of my favourite methods to decorate, from retro Audrey Hepburn or Princess Diana kinds to the baseball caps within the Louis Vuitton Resort 2022 assortment. But I’m fuzzy on hat etiquette (when is it acceptable to put on one indoors?) and I additionally battle with the right way to keep away from flattened hair once I take a hat off. Suggestions? — Jessica, South Orange, N.J.
As Jeff Bezos proved when he donned a cowboy hat for his first Blue Origin journey, hats are positively the assertion items of the second — for good or sick.
And although his alternative provoked a good quantity of mirth within the watching public, the proper choice can defend you from the solar, cover unhealthy hair days (or bald patches), and end a silhouette like no different accent.
To wit, the 2 hottest couture exhibits each featured hats: structured umbrella appears to be like at Demna Gvasalia’s first Balenciaga couture outing, and ostrich feather jellyfish at Valentino. Even Pyer Moss’ disruptive present/ode to Black inventors contained an announcement crystal-fringed lampshade toque. And milliner Stephen Jones is a key a part of each Dior present (this time round, with trompe l’oeil tweed baseball-meets-jockey caps).
Plus, there have been hats throughout “Hamilton,” and hats that made quite a few films memorable, from the fedoras of “Indiana Jones” and “The Blues Brothers” to the Detroit Tigers cap of Doughboy from “Boyz n the Hood” and the large Ascot topper of “My Fair Lady.”
Though Emily Post still offers certain guidelines for when and where to doff your hat — men should take off their hats in a private home, at mealtimes, during the national anthem, in public buildings and so on; women should do the same with baseball caps, but may leave “fashion hats” on unless they block someone’s view — fashion these days is so fluid, and so geared toward prioritizing the individual over the group, that most rules have simply gone out the window.
Indeed, Jones pretty much confirmed the above. “Ladies do not have to remove their hats indoors, although it is polite for men to remove their hats,” he said in an email. “For myself, even if I wear an evening hat to a red carpet occasion, I would always remove it at dinner.”
The good news is that means you don’t have to deal with the hat head issue, because it’s not necessary to remove the hat. (Though Jones also notes that the flattening effect you are experiencing could happen because a hat is too tight.)
If it does become a problem, however, Wes Sharpton of Hairstory suggests keeping some dry shampoo, also known as hair powder, to hand. “We often times only think about using a powder as an oil absorber, but there are powders that actually have some grip and can build instant volume, especially if applied at the root,” he emailed. You’ve heard of excusing yourself to powder your nose? This is the hair equivalent.
Just disappear for a moment, sprinkle some into your hands and scrunch. Then — well, chapeau.
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