So many hats and just one head!

Three of the greats. Humphrey, Frank and James knew the importance of the Hat.

I need to start by stating that anyone can wear a hat. Saying you don’t look good in a hat is like saying you don’t look good in shoes! You just need to find the perfect one that you love, then your look will fall effortlessly into place.

The hat is my favourite accessory. Whether it be a handmade Panama hat, or a stylish trilby, I simply think that when added to a look, they complete it. My love for them was passed on to me from my dad. His hats live on. When you wear a hat, you become the dream that started when the hat was conceived.  The original energy that was put into the hat doesn’t die, it only changes forms and owners.  The dream is passed on from generation to generation.

( surely the Greeks who invented them just wanted to keep their heads warm Style Angel? Ah yes indeed but even back then they were stylish looking!)

These Greek boyos sporting the earliest recorded hat the ‘Petasus’ in the 16th Century.

I wonder did the Greeks think that one day there would be a ‘Hat Person of the Year Award’. Look what they started! 2010’s winner of the award was the effortlessly cool Johnny Depp. One day the Headwear Association will award me with ‘Hat Person of the Year!’ You watch this space Johnny.

Panama Hats, Bowler Hats, Top Hats, Fisherman Caps. Hat snobs will claim you have to wear all of the above a particular way. I say wear your hat whatever way you want. I rarely wear ladies hats because they are too prim and proper for my style. I like hats which look like they are old and have a bit of history, something a bit rough around the edges,unkempt, a bit wild and wonky looking, so ladies ‘racing day’ hats don’t do it for me!

Any male readers this is especially for you. Certain hat etiquette is expected such as the following:

  • In general, any circumstance where you are in the presence of a lady, you are to remove your hat. The only time when this might not be practical is outdoors in a storm (where you would get drenched) during a brief encounter.
  • It is also customary to remove your hat when in an lift (elevator) with a lady. This is considered a private setting, similar to an interior room, but if the elevator is very crowded, keeping your hat on saves it from getting crushed and inconveniencing other people.
I think doffing of ones hat ( taking it off) is only expected nowadays when someone enters a church or enters a persons home, but surely this is old fashioned? I don’t take my hat off for anyone, but I’m a lady so I think I’m exempt from the ‘gentleman’s’ rule. I do think I’ll start ‘tipping’ my hat, which is the slight tilting action to the front of it. I may do this when I greet people. I think it’s a very polite gesture!

Enough about hat history and lets get to what is available today.There is a vast choice online and in stores currently so I have picked out my top 10 to give you a decent selection. I think you’ll be happy that there is a hat out there for any price range or occasion so here are some beauties.

No 1 : The ‘Band Hat’ From Beyond Retro £45 Clearly quite unusual, you may need a shot of confidence to wear this and a ‘fuck it’ attitude to follow up as a chaser!
No 2 : The Straw hat from Heatons priced at €4 you can’t really go wrong. Perfect for summer days..and sure if it blows away in a gust of wind it was only four euro!
No 3 : This Vintage 80’s Blue Satin Bow hat is from www.itsvintagedarling.com. Priced at £30 I think it is a beautiful statement piece that would add a special glamorous touch to any look.
 No 4 : This fresh Corsage Trilby is from Republic and costs £14.99.
No 5 : This stunning Swarovski crystal pin-embellished straw hat is from Lanvin and costs a crisp €610
No 6 : Straw Hat from Diesel at littlewoods.ie €50
No 7 : Why not! Sherlock Holmes Hat £ 24.95 from www.hats&caps.co.uk

 

No 8 : Beautiful Bright Straw Hat from O’Neill  at Debenhams  €21

No 9: This sophisticated Savanna hat is incredibly slick and can be found at www.fanclothing.com for $38

No 10 : For Vintage style Fedora this bright orange spectacle is perfect. It’s from Peekaboo Vintage Store and costs £45

If you don’t like any of the hats above why not check out having your own custom hat made by the ultimate Hollywood Hat Maker? This is the place to get incredible hats. They have been making hats for many years for every genres of film. Celebrities are queuing up outside to get their hands on their custom designs. Check them out at www.baronhats.com
Why hide them away in hat boxes! Bang in a few nails and get them up on a wall where they’ll be superbly easy to access.
“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter
Kate Moss doing it for the girls in a leather Fisherman Hat
So here’s your hat what’s your hurry? Go and get yourself one of the most stylish accessories to don and join the stylish hat brigade.

2 thoughts on “So many hats and just one head!”

  1. Hi..
    Your site is fabulous! I came across it via Nadine Roberts.
    I was amazed with the extensive article on hats! Of course I would be! I’m a milliner!…LOL!
    We go back to 1960, when my late father started a hat factory in Malahide, Co. Dublin.
    If ever you need hats for models/photo shoots let me know. My hats can be seen in Cow’s Lane Designer Studio, Essex St West, Temple Bar and you can see images of what I do on my business Facebook page:
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shevlin-Millinery/328642344109

    I look forward to being at the show next week!

    John Shevlin
    (SHEVLIN MILLINERY)
    087 24 555 65

    1. John thank you so much for your lovely posting,

      It was wonderful to hear from a fellow hat lover! I can’t wait to check out your hats. I think the history with your Dad starting up the hat factory in Malahide back in the 60’s is just brilliant!

      I will definitely be in touch next time I need hats or maybe to arrange an interview with you? I think it could be something very special.

      Looking forward to meeting you on Friday.

      Style Angel

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