hut 1When I saw the footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the Republic of Ireland, my first thought was not about what a historic date this was, and now wonderful the two countries can take another step towards reconciliation and forgiveness, but … wow, what a hat! My next thought was, I want a hat like that! And my next, I want occasions to wear a hat like this!

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want to be a princess, less a queen. I just wish I lived in a society where wearing a really smart hat would not mark you as weird, but as excellently well-dressed. I don’t even insist on a color scheme as daring as the one the Queen wore. Ordinary hats would be fine with me. And I’d also like really good hat shops to buy them in, of course.

My face suits most hats. As fashion now stands, I wear woolly caps in winter and fun straw or linen sun hats in summer. Don’t get me wrong: I love them. My mother-in-law gave me a voucher for the best department store in Munich this year (Beck), and I spent it all on a lovely Italian hat. One like this (the colors are different – mine is more blue-greyish with a pale beige flower – but the design is the same):

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Here in Germany ladies don’t usually wear hats to weddings, and now that, following a colleague’s near-fatal bike accident, I have taken to always wearing a bike helmet, even the occasions for wearing a summer hat are getting thin on the ground. But I still love wearing them!

When do you wear hats? What’s your favorite kinds? And what do you think of Queen Elizabeth’s hats?

– Rike Horstmann