Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Hats I Have Worn, Part 2

1993: An extravagant red velvet hat that I bought in an Exeter charity shop, which looked not entirely dissimilar to this:

Needless to say, I didn't wear it out much.

16 comments:

Dave again said...

Respect.

As they say.

taigathefox said...

Lovely colour.

It says something like "The best I am capable of doing" in the frame of that painting...

cello said...

That's not a hat. He's just washed his hair. With "Gestalt".

patroclus said...

Ahh, cello - that made me laugh a lot. I'm still no nearer to understanding what "gestalt" means. I think it's just going to be one of those words I have a blind spot with, like "ontological", and "non-microwaveable".

Spinsterella said...

*laughs out loud at "hat". A lot*

*looks up "gestalt"*

Eh?

I'm not clever enough for this blog.

*scuttles off to Go Fug Yourself to look at Oscar frocks*

surly girl said...

*speechless*

patroclus said...

I may be exaggerating slightly.

Dave again said...

That has just remonded me of the video I have of me at college, wearing a biretta [I was young and foolish]. I must see if I can get a still image, for the blog.

patroclus said...

That's the fourth word I've had to look up this week! What's wrong with me?

Anyway, for those who are as in the dark as I am, a biretta is:

A stiff square cap with three or four ridges across the crown. Birettas are worn especially by Roman Catholic clergy and are black for priests, purple for bishops, and red for cardinals

Which leads me to conclude that Dave should definitely post a picture on his blog.

Dave again said...

OK, I've dug the video out. I'll see if I can take a picture from the TV. Don't hold your breath. It won't appear before Sunday, anyway, as I have entries already written for the next few days.

entropy said...

I'm pretty sure I learned the meaning of gestalt from Red Dwarf series 6 (Legion).

Was this just an indoor hat, then? (Visions of swanning round house in velvet "thinking cap" dictating bodice rippers to assistant)

patroclus said...

Yes, this was the kind of hat that I'd happily wear in the privacy of my bedroom, but as soon as I headed for the door, I would suddenly be overcome with an inexplicable sense of ridiculousness. Funny that.

I had some lovely hatpins to go with it, too, just remembered. Mm, hatpins.

Sadly I've never knowingly dictated a bodice-ripper, though. Or had an assistant, come to that.

Pashmina said...

It's essential to have at least one hat that you daren't wear out of the house, if only to take up wardrobe space and never be thrown away because "it's barely been worn".

Can you still buy hatpins then?

patroclus said...

You certainly could in the early 90s, Pash, I don't know about now. But I had some really lovely ones. Wonder what happened to them. Probably gone the way of my Spacemen 3 albums and that horrible armchair I had once.

Pashmina said...

"Spacemen 3 albums"? If that's a taste of things to come, I can't wait for your next post...

Tabby Rabbit said...

Fabulous. I think you should wear it to work.

Yes, you can still buy hatpins. Not that I have for a *long* time.