Friday, June 27, 2008

Proud owner of my 1st "lampshade" hat*

In a rare moment of brilliance, it finally occurred to me that the office of the doctor with whom I had an appointment yesterday is located on the same street as our favorite not-so-local kosher-shopping area. So, after my appointment, rather than hopping on the bus and heading back to the subway, I hopped on the same bus headed in the opposite direction. Ten minutes later, I was there. After picking up a few groceries not available in our neighborhood--too bad I can't carry as much in the backpack as I could in my younger years--I had another bright idea. It's bothered me some that, if we should ever get lucky enough to be invited to spend a Shabbat/Sabbath in an Orthodox home--just going to a local Orthodox synagogue wouldn't do, as, first of all, since neither of us was raised in a frum family and neither was ever privileged to spend even a single day in a Jewish day school, we're not sure of all the rules, and second of all, if I wanted to spend yet another Shabbat in a shul in which 80% of the attendees were old enough to be at least my parents, I could stay in my own synagogue--I wouldn't have anything dressier to park on my head than a baseball cap. So I called RaggedyMom, last seen here, and asked her where to go hat shopping. Many thanks to her for patiently putting up with my pesky questions.

Stay tuned. I'll link to a photo of the new chapeau on Flickr as soon as the hubster has a minute to shoot one.

*The term "lampshade" hat is the tongue-in-check description given by some Orthodox Jews to a woman's hat that has a) a flat, or nearly flat, top (or one that's sufficiently unstructured that it conforms somewhat to the shape of the head), rather than one that's "dented" like a fedora or specifically constructed to be rounded, like a bowler hat, and b) a brim that's either as straight, or nearly as straight, as the hat's sides--some might describe this as a "bucket" hat--or fairly narrow and unobtrusive, unlike a sunhat's brim. Here are some examples.

Saturday, June 28, 2008, 11:38 PM update:

Here's the promised chapeau shot, a Punster's Pic. (Thanks, hubby!) I don't look so great in black, but other than that, it's not a bad looking hat.

Thanks for the literal hat tip, RaggedyMom!

June 7, 2008 update:

Not being an experienced hat-wearer, I'm not sure at which angle to wear my new hat. Here's a shot of the hat tipped a bit further forward. Which do you prefer?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice hat. If you lived in Israel I would invite you for Shabbat in a heartbeat....

Sun Jun 29, 11:30:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks! Maybe next time I'm in Israel . . .

Sun Jun 29, 01:08:00 PM 2008  
Blogger RaggedyMom said...

So glad it worked out for you! Looks great!!

Thu Jul 03, 09:56:00 AM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks, RaggedyMom! Check out the new shot, too.

Mon Jul 07, 11:34:00 PM 2008  
Blogger RaggedyMom said...

Both angles are pretty for a nice, subtle variation (although likely one of those things that a man would say, "But nothing about it looks different at all!")
I'd probably go with the first since a) you have a small face and it allows people to see more of it if the hat is tilted back a bit more and
b) you will probably be able to see better if it is not as low over your eyes.

Happy Hatting!

Mon Jul 07, 11:49:00 PM 2008  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Thanks for the tip, RaggedyMom. My husband thought it was a bit low, too.

I have my mother to thank for my small face. It makes buying hats a bit tricky, since many hats are too big on me. But, on the other hand, people often think I'm thinner than I am because, apparently, a small face hides a multitude of "sins" from the neck down. :)

Mon Jul 07, 11:58:00 PM 2008  

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