A hat is a very particular article of clothing. Some people think you pick the hat, but that’s not true. The hat picks you. You don’t have to know the right color or the right style. You don’t even have to know the right kind. But when you put it on, you know.
You slide a newsboy cap over your head, and it looks weird. You replace it with a cowboy hat, and though you think you might be able to pull it off, something doesn’t sit right. A fedora slips loosely over your forehead, but you stare in the mirror and know it’s not what you’re looking for.
Then it happens. You pick up a baseball hat and everything just clicks. It’s worn, slightly coming undone at the seams. There’s even some discoloration. But none of that matters. Once you see it you know you’ve found the one.