Crazy about Hats!
Let me say this right up front. I’m crazy about vintage style hats. Late 1940s to early 1950s (even one or two very early 1960s). Pillboxes, and little caps, structured and stylish, there’s a lot to love about them.
A lot of my girlfriends also love vintage style hats but unlike me, rarely if ever wear a hat because they believe hats don’t suit them. I am here to say, there is a hat for everyone!
When choosing a hat there are several things to take into consideration; personally I think the most important thing is how does the hat make you feel?
For instance, I’ve been told I look really good in a large brimmed hat but it usually makes me feel completely swamped. I’m a lot more comfortable in a smaller more contained hat.
My girlfriend on the other hand, with a larger than life personality and appetite for life is definitely more at at home in a larger brimmed hat that really makes a statement. So how do you begin to work out what style works best for you? Start with a little research to see what styles appeal to you.
A close fitting little headpiece with flowers or perhaps even a little tartan fabric? A soft gentle shell shape or a more bold red number that sits proudly on the back of your head? Which shape makes you smile?
Where will you be wearing your hat? For special occasions or more on a daily basis? How practical do you need it to be? What does your wardrobe look like? I know it’s starting to sound a bit complicated, but it’s not really.
For example, I wear a lot of black during the day; it’s practical when I’m shooting or creating hats. I do, however, splash out with colour now and then. I’m the kind of of person that likes my hats to be practical, which is to say well fitting (so I don’t have to worry about them blowing off) and of a strong construction because I know I’m tough on my wardrobe.
My girlfriend is all about colour, is less concerned about how well it will stay on her head because she has gorgeous long hair that will take a hat pin or comb to hold her hats in place. Her personal style is bright, bold and eye-catching. Our styles are very different, yet there are definitely 1950s style hats that allow us each to shine.
I am not a fashionista by any stretch of the imagination, so it’s a little funny to find myself here writing this; but what I am is totally addicted to the beauty and the fun of vintage style hats. I might not have an individual outfit for every occasion, but a fabulous vintage style hat can lift any outfit, and your spirits in the process.
(This article was first published in December 2015 issue of “Kustom Kulture Life“).