When a gentleman “dons” his hat to exit a gathering or “tips” his hat when meeting a lady, or “doffs” his hat to “say” – hello, thank you, my pleasure, excuse me, goodbye, or you’re welcome – I think it really is a noble and charming gesture! Yeah, right now you may be going all “blah blah… this is Africa, we don’t do no tipping nor donning nor duffing or all those ‘serenren’” but regardless of what continent fate tossed you into, you will agree with me that hats add a significant touch of class to your style when rightly worn.
A woman’s place in public is to walk into an assemblage looking terrifically suave, sit with majestic grandeur, say little, radiate warmth, exude uttermost confidence, shoulders straightened, heads held high and yes, hats in place.
Cloaked in African print gowns, dashikis, polo, jeans, slim-fitted suits, flowery or plain dresses, Niger-Delta native wears, or even loosely-worn pinafores – adding a hat transforms your every look! From fedora to panamas to bowlers; from straw hats to beanies to cowboy hats; my newest obsession is proving to be more than just a covering. How a hat makes you feel is actually what the hat is all about.
The Hat is a Free-flyer, blustering with the moisture-laden south westerlies, blowing in from the Ocean.
The Hat is a Protector, keeping sunlight, drizzles and falling rocks off the crown of your head, weathering all storms.
The Hat is an Edifier, gently highlighting the subdued colours, bedazzling it with an uncommon spice of elegance.
The Hat is a Concealer, perfectly solving a bad hair day situation, your pride and chicness undaunted.
The Hat is a Disguiser, conveniently aiding invisibility, offering the chance to waltz through a crowd almost unnoticed.
The Hat is a Transformer, effortlessly modifying a bland outfit, transfiguring it into a runway apparel.
Etiquette and formality however play their part in hat wearing.
Gentlemen – Hats can be left on when outdoors, at athletic events, on public transportation, in post offices, airports, hotels or office lobbies and on elevators.
Men take hats off in someone’s home, at mealtimes, while being introduced, in a house of worship, when in an elevator with a lady, indoors at work, at eateries and at the movies. Men remove hats during the national anthem and place it over their heart – I don’t know the patriotism this portrays but, oh well.. it sounds like dramatic stuff.
Ladies – Fashion hats can be left on at luncheons, at weddings, in someone’s home, in churches and mosques, at the movies and when the national anthem is being played.
Women take your fashion hats off indoors at work and anytime it’s obstructing someone’s view, such as at a wedding or in a theater.
You might be wondering why the rules differ for men and women especially in this era of a widely promoted gender equality. Men, however, can easily and swiftly remove their hats as opposed to women who wear more complicated hats adorned with “orisirisi” like bows, ribbons, beads, trimmings and flowers. There is also a possibility of women messing up their hair if hats are removed and replaced too often.
Hats are not made for a selected sphere of the world or for some distinguished individuals, no, hats are for anyone who dares to make a fashion statement. Top off your favourite look with a smashing hat today!
?: Ekins Concept
?Dress: St. Gloria’s
? Hat: Siano
? Shoes: Atmosphere