In another life, I was probably a captain of some kind. Naturally, I love the captain hat; worn by those in power and worn by leaders. As a full blown Aries I often find myself in a leader position. I am not afraid to take the reins, and I am not afraid of risks.
I certainly don’t care for ordinary.
There are days and events I attend where a captain’s hat does wonders. It is an unusual choice for a hat but it gives the wearer a commanding presence. When wearing my captain’s hats, it’s like a whole new take on the world. Confidence levels soar, a strong attitude takes over and by simply putting on a hat, the world is your oyster.
In this ensemble, I take on a entire persona. Nadya Kovalenko is her name. She came to America to further her education and to get out of her native land, Romania. Yes, I have thought this through. I have an entire back story for Nadya, complete with an excellent Romanian accent. When out and about in military garb, I tend to take on this persona. Not only is it great fun for me, most people get a kick out of it and enjoy interacting with “Nadya.” This captain hat is from the Romanian Airforce, specifically an aircraft mechanic’s captain hat. It dates to roughly 40 years ago. This particular day I attended a military antique roadshow and decided to go dressed up. The event was filled with mostly veterans, antique shoppers and older men. As I walked down the rows I had eyes glued to me and necks were breaking. It was awesome. I even had two fellows (much older fellows) give me their card and try to score a date. I politely and tactfully declined. Most were very sweet, complimentary and expressed their adoration for my ensemble. Had I gone in an ordinary outfit, it would have been an ordinary day… BORING!
This was on New Year’s Eve 2010-2011. This hat is Russian Airforce and dates roughly within the past 30-40 years. I was attending an all night party where fashion tends to be extreme. My favorite! In addition to my statement hat, I carried a wooden staff with a skull all night long. I joked with people and said he was my date. Great conversation pieces, yet another reason to take risks in fashion…
Unless you were on the Costa Concordia, you should always trust in your captain.