Sunday, 20 February 2011

The Bobble Hat: A Love Story

I'm hoping you're starting to know me by now, so you can probably guess that the prospect of losing my hair had me straight on asos for ESSENTIAL accessorising opportunities. I bought the following:

1 x grey felt cloche hat
1 x knitted turban in black
1 x same knitted turban in tobacco
2 or 3 or 4 (I forget) patterned or plain scarves

I must point out that I was quite cheery at this point because deep down I felt like my hair wouldn't fall out, I just couldn't see it happening. And shopping always makes me happy.

My consultant told me "you'll definitely be a glamorous hats and scarves woman", I thought "I'll definitely be a wig woman", but I smiled pleasantly and agreed, feeling mortified at the thought of my boyfriend seeing me bald. The hats were purely for home use (I'm going to admit it - the scarves were for bed time, I couldn't bear the thought of him seeing me bald. Stupidly it turns out, since he is the only one I'm truly comfortable with seeing it now).

Asos order arrived, I sent the cloche hat back, I can't get to grips with the whole scarf thing, and the turbans remain untouched in my hat n scarf drawer. Turns out I am naturally pre-disposed to the humble bobble hat. I live in the same two - one is an old faithful, the other is an on-loan from best friend Katie - she is never getting it back.

I keep them either on my head or by the front door so I don't freak out the post man/delivery boy/unexpected guests,  They're like a comfort blanket, and when it comes to comfort, fashion is as superfluous as Richard Keys and Andy Gray.

Comfortable, slouchy, misshapen, classic bobble hat(s), I thank and love you.

p.s. Knitted turbans only look good with hair coming out the bottom. I trial and error so you don't have to. You're very welcome...


  1. Turbans always remind me of French and Saunders!

  2. You remind me of Sarah Shahi in the second photo, still gorgeous even in a ebanie!

  3. Love you Soph. And I'm liking this girlie pink profile. Much easier on the eyes xx

  4. Hi! You look fabulous! Please send me your address and I will send you one of my hand-made, custom-made double-thickness headscarves to try out. I WISH I had had one of these when I had no hair. All the best... Tish (Hatiheri) /

  5. Thank you so much for all the wonderful comments, makes me smile! X

  6. I so much love that you are chronicling your ourney in a blog and wanted to say thanks for doing it! I have a close family memeber going through the same thing and she's super glamourous and is collecting an amazing selection of wigs and, like you, loves a good hat!

    Looking forward to reading more x

  7. Thank you for documenting this!