Corporate merch dilemma
I currently work at a reasonably prestigious CRE advisory firm but no one outside the industry knows who we are (think JLL, CBRE, etc) which kinda bothers me.
So I recently got my hands on a hat from a super prestigious law firm (think K&E, Wachtell, Skadden) which I have started wearing in order to garner prestige in public and have been successful in doing so.
Here is the problem though: last weekend I ran into a more senior colleague at a bar who noticed and asked me why I wore it to which I gave some made up excuse that I got it from a friend and it was just for fun. If I am caught again I am afraid it would put me in an awkward position, should I just stop wearing it or come clean about it? If so, how (my colleagues dont understand the importance of prestige, clearly, since they dont even own the latest airpods)