I know what you’re thinking, I’m thinking it too and guess what: I think it’s super weird that I keep forcing summer accessories during winter months on to you also. Between last fall’s call to wear a beach bag through February, this winter’s imminent straw hat (do see above) and between us, I’m wearing espadrilles with camp socks today, it has become severely evident that I will neither let summer go nor winter fully come.
But hear me out — does that have to be a bad thing?
Must I be judged for putting forward a state of mind that can be concretized by the fell swoop of an accessory that will not affect my quest to remain warm? (As in, this hat won’t make better or worse my motivation to avoid hypothermia.)
I just feel like I spend so much time self-medicating by writing about how to get through the winter blues without experiencing that winter blues feeling. Simultaneously, I have practically elected myself the president of enforcing a strict wear-only-what-makes-you-feel-like-the-best-version-of-yourself dresscode policy. So why not officiate the marriage between my presidency and tendency to self-medicate and come up with actionable ways to feel like the best version of yourself throughout the winter blues — right?
One really good way to kick start that program is with the introduction of a panama hat, which I am pretty sure you already own. Mine has painted pineapples on the crown which is practically like the clothing equivalent of an anti-depressant but that doesn’t mean that un-tarnished one won’t work the same magic. Pineapples are not a mandatory accessory in one’s pursuit to feel paradoxically perfect. Paradoxically perfect because: how stunning are both the visual and intellectual concepts of a thick wool scarf and a straw hat? Like meatballs coupled with pasta, it just works. You don’t know why. It just does! So try it using this recipe, would you?
1 summer hat (bucket hats do not apply)
3 parts winter outfit; I would opt for a sweater, wool pants and either a boot or slippers depending on whether you’d like to add an element of grandparental reference
1 tablespoon accessories; for me that meant eccentric optical glasses and a cuff with shit tons of chain hanging from it.
Now spin around three times and ace that drunk line test, ey?
Photographed by Krista Anna Lewis