008Today I wanted to take Will to get a last-minute-before-school-hair-cut, and I myself had a mess of a head. I had a lazy pony tail going, but not in a cute-messy-way, in a mom-who-has-given-up-kind-of-way. So I thought to myself, “Yay! An excuse to wear a hat.” I throw on the hat and do what I normally do after putting one on- stare at myself in the mirror for 10 minutes trying to decide if I can ‘pull it off’.

Why do I need an excuse? Do I think I am going to run into someone I know and have an exchange like this:

Random acquaintance: Hey, Candy, is that you?
Me: Yeah, hi how are you?
Random acquaintance: I haven’t seen you since high school!
Me: Has it been that long?!?
Random acquaintance: Yep…what’s with the hat?
Me: My hair was really messy so I threw it on. I swear, I’m not trying to look cool.

I can tell you that I have approximately 5 hats that I have worn for a total of four times. I don’t know what you look like at the boutiques- throat clear- Target, but I look like this: try on a hat and stare at myself, I turn my head to the side a couple times, freak out about whether I look like an idiot, tilt my head down/up, look at the price tag, put it in my cart, take it out of my cart, circle the store, and buy it compulsively. “I’ll take that receipt!”

The funny thing is is that I actually think I look okay in hats. I will totally rock a hat on vacation! I have no embarrassment. I think that the strangers just think I am some trendy lady who just knows what she likes. Unlike reality, where I worry about everything.

Is it possible to wear a hat and NOT look like a douche? Seriously, I want you to answer me!

I am fashionable enough to recognize when other people look adorable in hats, and to know which hats are “IN”, but I can’t judge myself.

But, do you know what is more embarrassing than getting caught looking like an idiot wearing a hat? Giving 2-shits about what other people think of me in my hat! If I like it, why do I care if you like it? Am I worried that you are going to talk to all your friends about how I looked stupid? Am I worried that some guy from high school is going to find me unattractive? So silly.

So, here we go, declaration time: If I like it, I am going to wear it! And so should you! Your style is your style is your style! Confidence is way sexier than trendiness anyway! đŸ™‚

It is decided.