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!)
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.
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 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