On Saturday mornings I put my weekend hat on. I mean this both figuratively – I am not in work mode and am an all-round more relaxed and casual version of myself – and also literally, because I have an actual weekend hat.
In fact I have four weekend hats and they are all baseball caps. I love baseball caps. I don't care that they make me look like a teenage boy or Soccer Mom depending on what leisure ensemble I have thrown on from my 'round the house/ not leaving my local area' drawer.
The very act of putting on a baseball cap signals my intention. It marks my weekends as very different periods of time to working days, which are always sans chapeau. I dread to imagine the look I would get from ELLE's fashion director Anne-Marie Curtis were I to wear a snap-back to the office.
My black and white IVY PARK baseball cap is my Saturday showpiece hat. I will even wear it out of my local area and into London's fashionable West End if I am shopping or running errands. It is not a socialising hat however. Unless I'm going to a music festival or gay club and then it can be re-appropriated as such.
A fashion stylist friend gave me a Filles A Papa cap and assured me it was a very cool label. It says Filles A Papa in big letters on the front of it and this was my Going To The Gym baseball cap until I discovered Filles A Papa means 'Daddy's Girls' and that was a bit embarrassing because I am a 34 year-old woman and the Deputy Editor of ELLE magazine. So this is now my household chores/ working in the garden baseball cap.
My purple LA Lakers cap is my new exercising hat but I recently learned that if I wear it in LA people want to talk to me about sports. Which is troubling. So when travelling in the states I swap it in for my normcore khaki cap which is non- branded and makes me look like a boy scout troupe leader.
If I wear my baseball cap back to front I really mean business and I will tackle whichever hat-specific task I am doing – exercise, housework, grocery shopping, general leisure – with gusto.
There are all sorts of fashion rules about when, where and how one should sport a baseball cap. Beyoncé even has some thoughts about bending the peak claiming in her interview with ELLE UK that one should not bend the peak if one is from New York as that is an 'LA thing'.
But as far as I'm concerned I can't go wrong, as long as the only place you'll find my baseball caps from Monday to Friday is in my gym bag.