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Last updated: 22 August, 2006 - Published 11:33 GMT
 
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Why I love hats - Nicole, USA
 
Outlook listener Nicole LeBlanc tells of her love for hats.

"If we wore more hats we wouldn’t have to have so much Prozac," says Blythe Savage, a New York milliner, in the documentary “What is it about hats?” I think she’s onto something. Seriously. Wouldn’t the world be a happier and hipper place if more people wore hats?

Milliner Nicole LeBlanc
Milliner Nicole LeBlanc

"First of all, think of how youthful everyone’s skin could look with near-constant sun protection. Have you ever seen a prettier sunscreen than a hat? A hat will never grease up your hands or stain your clothes, and sunscreen won’t give you an air of mystery no matter how much coconut scent it has.

 If you don a hat, you’ll spread happiness and good cheer wherever you go.
 

"But it’s grey and wintry, you say? Didn’t your momma tell you we lose dreadful amounts of body heat right through the tops of our heads? I am famously cold-natured, and I can guarantee you that hat wearing has saved me from many a shiver. Maybe it even staves off the sniffles.

Outlook listener Nicole LeBlanc and some of her hat friends on Kentucky Derby Day
Outlook listener Nicole LeBlanc and some of her hat friends on Kentucky Derby Day

"Wearing a chapeau also promotes better mental health. Let’s face it, you know when you look good—and when you look good, you feel good. Having a bad hair day? No better cure than a cute hat.

Start small and simple

"You don’t like people staring at you? Start small and simple before graduating to stunning self-confidence. Don’t look good in hats? They don’t fit you? Poppycock. That’s like telling the cobbler that you just look awful in footwear!

 The only place a lady doesn’t wear a hat is inside her own house.
 

"If you don’t have a favorite milliner, you just shop and try on hats, the same as clothes or shoes. Some styles will suit you better than others, just as the cut of some clothes is more flattering.

"The hat must also fit properly—too small a headsize, it’s a cherry on top of a sundae; too large and you’re a little girl playing dress-up.

Get ready for the cascade of compliments

"Once you’ve found your shapes, WEAR them. Smile at yourself in the mirror and get ready for the cascade of compliments coming your way.

 A hat is like a tuxedo: it’s just plain attractive on a man.
 

"The only place a lady doesn’t wear a hat is inside her own house. That means every time your little toe crosses the threshold, there’s an opportunity to wear a hat.

"And for all you men out there, don’t feel left out. Get yourself a fedora—or if you’re feeling more daring, a Homburg. A hat is like a tuxedo: it’s just plain attractive on a man, whether you suffer from male pattern baldness or the dreaded comb-over syndrome or have the mane of a lion.

Strangers will smile at you

"If you don a hat you’ll spread happiness and good cheer wherever you go. Your posture will improve. Strangers will smile at you. Members of the opposite sex will compliment you. People will remember your name. Doors will open—literally and figuratively.

"Think of it as your civic fashion duty. If everyone were as nice to each other as they are when a hat is involved, I just know we’d find ourselves in a friendlier world."

 
 
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