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No head for hats

Don’t know what the world, or more specifically, my country, is coming to – but this morning at the bus stop, I happened to eavesdrop on a conversation between five red-blooded young males of the teenage variety on their way to school, and do you know what they were talking about? It wasn’t the football results. It wasn’t cars or any other form of motorised transport. It wasn’t even an upcoming German test they hadn’t studied for, or something. No, it was hats. Ladies’ hats.

You see, yesterday was Prinsjesdag, a day of pomp and circumstance when the Queen opens Parliament and reads out an address in which the government sets out its plans for the coming year. And all the women MPs dress up for it, making the corridors of power look like Ladies’ Day at Ascot for the day…with one crucial difference: with one or two exceptions, Dutch women don’t know how to wear hats. They often make entirely the wrong choices: their hats are either too ostentatious or too bland…rarely suit their owner’s faces and on the whole, are just too cheap and tacky.


No wonder the boys at the bus stop were scathing in their condemnation – which bodes well for the future in that they’ll probably grow up not afraid to tell their wives/partners that they look silly in hats, but OTOH…could they really not find a more manly topic of conversation?

In other news, I've decided to give Desperate Housewives another chance. For some reason, about half way through last season, I kept forgetting when it was on (same as with Lost, really), and even though I've already missed the first two episodes of S2, I happened to see the third yesterday and was quite entertained by it, so I'll try to remember it's on Tuesday nights. Which is the same night Gilmore Girls is on, making it easily the best night in the week for staying in to watch TV.

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meko00
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:03 am (UTC)
*scrubs eyes* (lye included in operation)

Well, I ... actually, I don't see why fashion should be restricted to women and gays. I have male friends and relatives who are more into fashion than I, as a matter of fact. Then again, I'm often choosing to spend my money on books and films instead of on clothes. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested. (Just that I hate dressing rooms and cheap, prefab fashion-for-the-masses.)
meko00
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:04 am (UTC)
Obviously, I didn't get enough sleep last night. Sigh. Fitting rooms.
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dalmeny
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:39 am (UTC)
I think that first red hat's quite nice.
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:54 am (UTC)
That first red hat is quite a nice hat; it's just that it doesn't suit the woman who wears it. She's got rather a round face, and the small hat and irregularly shaped rim just draw attention to that fact.
onecheekyhobbit
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:41 am (UTC)
Wow...
five red head guys.
THat's my idea of heaven.
And those hats, are nasty.
K
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
They are indeed.
bogwitch
Sep. 21st, 2005 11:59 am (UTC)
Oh dear, oh dear. Call the fashion police!
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that one look at this motley crew and even they'd run screaming for the hills!
curiouswombat
Sep. 21st, 2005 12:01 pm (UTC)
Hmm - yes - the large red hat is not a good look if you have a large (reddish) face!

The floral one is .... well OTT might sum it up.

At least the tyre one had a purpose - even if it doesn't have anything else going for it!

I can almost see why the lads found them a talking point!
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
I think the floral one takes the prize for most hideous, with the multi-coloured pillbox-y hat in the first picture coming a very close second.

The tyre hat as you say serves a purpose, even if I think it's mostly to get Christa van Velzen (the woman wearing it) in the papers -- God knows she never gets in them at any other time -- she wore an actual bird's nest, complete with egg, on her head last year, and claimed she was protesting against the government's stand on protecting the environment. This year's creation though, must have weighed a tonne, so kudos to her.
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vegmb
Sep. 21st, 2005 01:52 pm (UTC)
In general, I love hats. (I don't wear them often, but I love buying them and wearing them when the oppertunity presents itself. It just doesn't get cold enough here in the winter and I spend too much time indoors.) However, those are a bit much. Boys making fun of poor fashion choices is rather amusing and at least lets you know they are paying attention to current events, which is more than can be said for much of todays youth.
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
I love hats, too, almost as much as shoes -- but I don't have nearly as many. ;-)

And the boys reviewing the ladies' hats made me smile more than anything.
sanda56
Sep. 21st, 2005 03:38 pm (UTC)
Ghastly! There again, I might just wear the flowery hat if Laura ever gets married! Very me I think.
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 04:16 pm (UTC)
And I'm sure you'd look lovely in it ;-)
halliggye
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
Good grief! Those hats are SCARY. Except possibly the red one, if worn by someone else! O_O
gamiila
Sep. 21st, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
Except possibly the red one

It really is a nice enough hat on its own, isn't it? Too bad it got purchased by totally the wrong woman for it.
enigmaticblues
Sep. 21st, 2005 09:33 pm (UTC)
LOL...man, those are some hats right there! I'm blown away, and very amused. Thanks for sharing.

I didn't realize you watched Gilmore Girls. My roommate got me hooked on it, and now I'm really enjoying Tuesdays nights like never before. :)
gamiila
Sep. 22nd, 2005 06:31 am (UTC)
I didn't realize you watched Gilmore Girls.

It's something of a recent development. I'd come across a couple of scenes and half-episodes before, but I didn't really get into it until a few months ago when the last season (4?5?) was on constant repeat in the early evening. I like Lorelai, and Luke, and I adore Emily.
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