Then there is this fit factor, it needs to stay in its proper place. It cannot keep dropping over your face or keep sliding off your head to make you look like a sugar loaf ... or if it does look like sugar loaf, then it needs to be intentional and that needs to be obvious.
Hats can make a statement - and can tell much about their wearers and opinions. They truly are interesting, necessary but extremely difficult things.
So, I am guessing you have a favorite hat or at least a strong opinion what kind of hat fits you best. I have knit many hats during this long knitting career but all of them have been little bit "off" and I have given away almost every single one.
But last spring I knit a cloche-kind of woollen (coarse Finnwool) hat, lined it carefully with cotton fabric and intended to give it to my daughter. The fall came with the cold weather, and I still had the hat lying around and while going out one windy day with the dogs, I put the hat on. And I loved it. The fit is perfect, it keeps my head warm plus it has this girly swirl to it. And it totally did pass the spouse thing.
Now that Christmas is coming and red is just the color for this season up here, I am knitting myself a red one.
I sincerely hope you have found your favorite kind of hat. Keep looking, it only took me forty some years to find one.
Happy Thanksgiving and wool, as always,
(PS. I have this annoying piece of knowledge in the back of my mind that with age, one loses self criticism, so I am truly hoping this is not that.)