Ah yes, The Hat. The Hat is an artefact of much power and mystery, which has been handed down through the generations. It's origins are lost in the mists of time, but it has great power to change the perceptions of those who view the wearer.
Oh, ok. I've had the bloody thing for years. I wear it almost constantly at festivals and gatherings to keep my bald spot from being burnt to a crisp (or getting waterlogged). It's got to the stage now that I've had people say "I didn't recognise you without the hat". And that's it :)
The beard comes and goes, but the hat is eternal!