What we'll mostly miss about Pope Benedict XVI is . . . his hats

For an octogenarian, he has an amazingly catholic taste in headwear.

Pope Benedict XVI may be resigning, but one of the things that'll stay with us is his enduring sense of style. His tastes in hats was always, ahem, catholic:

And often had pizzazz:

(It's important to stay safe in the sun.)

But despite his adventurous style his entourage was always trying to make him "push the boundaries":

Which he often did:

Not that standing next to other fashion icons didn't sometimes make him a little nervous...

And if he ever got stuck for inspiration, he would ask himself "what would Jesus wear?" The answer of course, is "probably a picture of his own face, like this one":

And even when things went a little wrong...

And continued to go a little wrong...

. . . he never lost his cool. After all, it's not "Vatican't", it's "Vatican":

Goodbye, @Pontifex.

Pope Benedict is resigning. This hat isn't. Photograph: Getty Images

Martha Gill writes the weekly Irrational Animals column. You can follow her on Twitter here: @Martha_Gill.

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