Tell me what hat to buy

by DataPacRat1 min read8th Aug 201526 comments


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For years, I've taken being a classic nerd, geek, and hacker as a point of pride - eg, consciously trying to judge people by the code they produce, or whatever else they write, as opposed to judging them on their appearance, to the point that I prefer /not/ to know what my favourite authors look like. I've tried to make what strengths I can out of the resulting weaknesses, such as reducing decision fatigue by keeping a single hair-style for many years, wearing whichever t-shirt is on top of the clean shirt pile, and so on.

I'm no longer satisfied with this. I want to become stronger.

Last month, I bought a dozen button-up, collared shirts... and have noticed slight, but consistent changes in my workflow when I wear them. I want to leverage whatever other clothing-based self-improvements are within my budget.

For some years, I've worn a floppy boonie hat to shade my delicate eyes from the burning rays of the sun. (I've even been seen wearing it with a photographer's vest instead of a daypack while tromping around my hometown.) I'm thinking of trying out the 'Crasche' safety inserts mentioned in the recent Open Thread while hiking far from medical help, which would require a baseball-like cap with a sweatband. Given my proclivity for taking something that works and sticking with it for years, I might be wearing that cap for a very long time.

Thus, a multi-layered question: Which hat should I buy? Which factors should I take into account... and which shouldn't I? Are there any subreddits, forums, or other online discussion groups whose members would be willing to take this question seriously and with only a minimum of mockery?