"A Symbol Of Grace"
Sistahs have always been able to style in hats.
You know they got it going on.
Those women can wear hats from dust ‘til dawn.
You’ve got to be bold and have snap to sport a hat.
You’ve got to have it and know where it is at.
You’ve got to stop and cock it to the side.
Check them out and continue with your stride.
Profile it. Style it.
Then let them wow it.
Tilt it, lean it, or wear it straight in place.
A well worn hat is a symbol of grace.
You have heard people say it. I have too.
“Oh, she can wear a hat.
She sho’ ’nough knows what to do.”
Oh, a hat can get those oohs and aahs.
If it is totally bad, it gets applause.
Some hats are so bad, they are just bad to the bone.
People stop and say, “that girl has got it going on.”
Or say “You just go girl, you just go on, girl,
‘cause with that hat you’re the finest thang in the world.”
Big ones, tall ones, small ones, fruity ones,
pointy ones, veiled ones, flowered ones
and kufis too!
Do you dare to wear?
How do you fare?
Do you want to be bad to the bone?
Then, get you a hat and get it going on!
[Copyright 2000 by Glenis Redmond. Used with permission of the author. Photo of Virginia Postrel and Amy Alkon watching slide show of Kirk McKoy's photos of women in church hats by Karol Franks, from her DeepGlamour party set on Flickr.]