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Down Sizing: How to Avoid Sunglass Dents on the Side of Your Nose

For years I've been all about the six-inch minimum. But a decision to push a personal boundary has made me realize I can make do with less.
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For years I've been a size-ist. I feel no shame about that. As far as I was concerned, it was a minimum of six inches or bust. Frankly, I felt nothing but derision for anything smaller. But, unexpectedly, as a result of pushing a personal boundary, it seems my rigid view has relaxed a bit. Maybe I don't need six inches.

A couple of weeks ago, I received a jaunty straw fedora as part of a press package. Suddenly I thought, I should wear a hat sometimes. Now, it's not that I don't have hats. I'm a huge fan of floppy, six-inch-brim straw hats that cast a UV-safe zone over my face and décolleté, like this genius topper from Joe Fresh. But they're really not practical for mad-dash days on city sidewalks. Still, I saw little value in bothering with a small-brim fedora like the one Diane Kruger wears in the photo above. At best, the shade cast by that underwhelming brim could protect only the brow area. Not enough.

But when I got that jaunty straw fedora, I decided to wear it and discovered something new: The fedora's small brim provides just enough shade so I don't have to wear sunglasses to see comfortably on sunny days. That means no more oversized frames suctioning themselves to my face in the heat -- and no more glaring red dents on the sides of the bridge of my nose. OMIGOD! You know what I mean, right??

I still think a six-inch brim is tops for lounging poolside. But if you're already diligent with sunscreen, of course the size of your hat brim doesn't matter. So to anyone I've scolded for a less-than-six-inch-brim preference (you know who you are), I apologize for denigrating your hat choice. My bad. Fedora away!

Do sunglasses leave dents on your nose too? Are you with me on the fedora solution?