I’ve been working on my closet… tossing out a lot of things and deciding what’s needed vs. wanted. Tough, isn’t it?!
Got to the top plastic bag, with the gorgeous extravagant winter hat I’ve never worn… I started looking up how to care for it, how to clean/dust it… and that got me further interested. But I’ve always loved hats! So this has been more of a reintroduction and education. Thus my raid on library books and web wanderings.
Hats have a very ancient tradition, which several books brought out. Since that’s not my interest, I glanced through and got to more contemporary styles. It’s surprising how many styles used in the 20’s and 30’s are still used today. The winter black hat is a cloche (French for
hat bell), which adds to its cachet as far as I’m concerned.
I also love the veil, which I discovered is called Russian veiling, and always has the little squares & triangles. It seems readily available, at least in black and white.
I realized the hat pin is genuine but alas, not vintage. Silver’s not my color, so I’ll look for gold or brass (preferred).
Because I generally wear glasses, I’ve always been concerned about combining them with hats. Seems as long as your eyebrows show sufficiently between glasses & brim, you’r fine. Considering so many wear hats & sunglasses, don’t know why I worried, but I did…
Facial shape also affects which hat might or might not look suitable. But there’s so much variety between shapes and proportions, and so many different acceptable “looks” that I’d leave it to the wearer to decide if s/he likes the hat in question.
I did learn the proper way to try on a hat – and you MUST try it on before purchasing!!! With 2 hands, take the front & the back (generally the label is there) of the hat and slide it onto your head from forehead back. That’s also the easiest on the coiffure.
But the important step is the second one: working the hat. Move it backward, forward, tilt it slightly to either side. You can even try in on backward! If something works, it works. If not, keep trying on other hats.
The extra benefits of wearing hats, besides keeping warmer in winter and shadier in summer, are wonderful! If you’ve not been a hat-wearer, I urge you to give it a go!