A hundred years ago, etiquette demanded that a hat be worn whenever you left the house. Nearly every adult, at all levels of society, wore a hat in public. Some well-to-do women changed their hats several times a day depending on the activity. But the twentieth century brought the demise of the once de riguer headpiece.
Coco Chanel and JFK are credited with sparking the hatless mode in women's and men's fashions respectively, but the truth is that millinery began to decline in popularity as a result of the social upheavals around World War I and World War II.
Nowadays, almost every hat seems like an affectation rather than a necessary part of looking pulled together. (Baseball caps are a notable exception.) But it's that air of affectation that emphasizes just how stylish the hat wearer is. Since hats are no longer required for the sake of politeness, choosing to add one to your look means your style game is on another level.
The power of the hat is real, y'all. My lovely mother and I got to try out a few of these hat-style helmets while checking out the fabulous Palo Alto shop A Street Bike Named Desire.
These helmets consist of a unique base that conforms to US CPSC standards, but has a lower profile than traditional styrofoam styles. The compact size means these helmets can be covered with actual hats. Not just helmet covers sewn to resemble caps. But actual hats that are designed to look fabulous.
My mom and I had a lot of fun trying out the different styles and posing for pictures.
The hidden base helmet is vented, lightweight, and very comfortable. It's padded with soft foam and lined in quick-dry fabric. It feels very luxurious, especially compared to the standard foam pads in most helmets.