So I have a confession to make. I love slouchy hats, but I am not at all confident in my ability to put the damn things on without the help of a three way mirror and about four minutes of fussing with it. Which is not precisely practical when you’re yanking a hat out of your coat pocket and shoving it on your head half a dozen times a day. So I decided to see if I couldn’t just find a way to sort out the slouch once and then lock it in and be done with it. And it turns out I could!
Plicate starts out like every other hat. But when you’re ready to block, you add a couple of secret drawstrings and get the back crinkled up just so. Then, once you’ve got everything set up just how you like it, you lock in the One True Slouch and it’s set forever (or at least until you block it again). Then, when you put it on, all you have to do is make sure the crumpled bit is in the back, which is much closer to the level of hat management I can be expected to accomplish on the fly (I know my limitations).
And I mean of course you don’t have to do it this way. If you’re more confident in your hat application skills than I am, you can absolutely skip it and just let your hat do its own thing every time you put it on. It’s a lovely hat and will absolutely be adorable either way.