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I have always loved hats, even as a small girl. Everything from toques to beanies to fedoras. There’s something easy and comfortable in throwing on a hat to complete a look-a touch of unique flair added to (almost) any outfit. The key here is in finding the perfect fit. One that fits your head (I have the head size of a small infant), one that doesn’t have a brim too large for your body size and unless your shielding yourself from the sun, it should never cover your face. It takes a committed heart and a lot of searching to build a strong arsenal of versatile hats. And then there’s also the old adage, if you can’t find your perfect fit, borrow one until you can.

The hat I’m wearing here is just that, borrowed. By definition, borrowing is an act of using something that is not permanently yours, that which you intend on returning. There is something special in borrowing an article of clothing from someone, sort of like buying second hand clothing in a vintage shop. Like in wearing something that was once someone else’s you carry a piece of them with you, either for the lessons or for the memories.

I borrowed this hat from someone who I also borrowed time from the past few months. I watched this hat bring joy to parents at Shabbas dinners and many laughs to friends at birthday parties. I remember putting it on playfully one day and hearing, “It looks better on you than on me. Take it for a while.” And so I did. Every time I wear it, I am reminded of our time together adventuring around LA, eating the best food and taking endless pictures. At the risk of sounding like a TOTAL cliche here, Carrie Bradshaw once said, “Most love stories aren’t epic novels, they’re short stories. But that doesn’t make them any less filled with love.”

And although I don’t intend on returning any of the time as I will be keeping that close to my heart, I will be returning the hat and in hopes, giving some of my energy and love back along with it.

Photography by Ashley Streff

Hat: J Lindeberg

Sweater: Vince (similar here)

Jeans: Rag & Bone (similar here)

Purse: Mansur Gavriel

Boots: Vince (similar here)

Sunnies: Garret Leight California Optical

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