THEY’RE costly — up to R850 — and outdated. Or distinctive and “good for deportment”. Traditionalists love them, while some parents and children hate them. This then are the two ends of the stick when it comes to wearing school hats. Globally, the wearing of formal hats has become an anachronism. Where they were once an important indicator of social and class distinction, especially among men, the freeing of social boundaries in the 1960s changed all that and the hat became more of a fashion statement.