Ladies were encouraged to wear hats to the Ronald McDonald House benefit luncheon and polo match in Greenwich, Conn., the other day. But if they showed up without one, they were still in luck — on display were some 25 Eric Javits hats that were meant to be borrowed or bought.

“Why don’t you get a hat?” Lane Adams asked his mother, Louise, as they strolled past the colorful display.

“Well, I was going to — but they all looked terrible on me,” she told him.

Adams was one of the few who wasn’t sporting a chapeau as she strolled around the bucolic grounds of the Greenwich Polo Club waiting for the match between the Revlon and White Birch teams. It was scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., but was delayed about 20 minutes as the players waited for Peter Brant — one of the White Birch players — to arrive. Brant finally called just after the scheduled starting time to say he was in Montauk nursing an injured leg and wouldn’t be coming.

Still, no one seemed to mind the wait, considering the setting.

“I came from Rumsey, New Jersey, which looks almost exactly like this,” said Mark Gilbertson. “But on the way here I took a detour through the city where it was all dirty, and there was garbage everywhere. I don’t know which is reality, here or there.”

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