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Jon Caramanica is so opposed to hats that he won't even wear them in winter. "Falling snow is no excuse to live in a cage," he writes at the beginning of this week's Critical Shopper, which documents his quest for a hat shop that will change his mind. After hitting up Arth and the Hat Shop in Soho, World Hats and Victor Osborne on the LES, and Bencraft Hatters in Williamsburg, he finally begins to find his groove in midtown, where Worth & Worth and J. J. Hat Center help him come to terms with the essential masculinity of putting on a hat. Because ultimately, hat shopping is a Freudian exercise for men: "It’s a litmus test for becoming your father." [NYT]