With summer quickly approaching it is time to get on the hat wagon and start thinking about hats and headpieces.
This hot season provides so many opportunities to wear a hat, from weddings to afternoon parties, from strolling on the beach to working in the garden. Not to mention the ultimate hat event, a day at the races! Why not approach this summer with a little “Hattitude”
Start at the core.
How often do you look at yourself in a full length mirror before stepping out the door? If you aren’t going to the gym you shouldn’t be wearing gym clothes. Take a good long look at how you present yourself every single day. Do you want the world to remember you in yoga pants, flip flops and a hoodie? Really?
This also means tossing the baseball cap unless you are heading back to the field to play ball. Seriously. A friend visiting from France once asked me, “is everyone here on a team? What do they play?” I had to stop and think about what she was referring to. The reference was made to baseball caps. She asked me why so many women here in Canada wear baseball caps if they are not playing on a team. I answered “that is a good question”. I still don’t know the answer.
Choose an outfit…or choose a hat?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? If you find a hat you love, you can marry it to the right outfits. Some casual hats are quite versatile and can be worn daily with a variety of outfits and styles. In more stylish situations, the outfit selection is typically your first choice. You may even have in mind the usual list of accessories, from shoes to handbags to earrings and necklaces. Why not a hat? At the turn of the century, all ladies wore hats, so few stood out. Today hats are returning to the style scene, yet are still scarce enough that people turn their heads and notice when a well sculpted headpiece passes by. Designers are pushing boundaries with new materials and ideas and we are seeing a renewed level of excitement in the millinery world.
So grab a few of your favorite outfits and go try on some headwear to see what jives with your look. You might just find something that makes your look pop! Summer is the season of freedom and rebellion. It is also a great time to refresh your look, and get some HATTITUDE.
For some hat inspirations look to artists like Bjork if you are feeling like pushing some boundaries or to millliners like Philip Treacy http://www.philiptreacy.co.uk/
For a great book on hats in general, get yourself a copy of "1000 Hats",by Norma Shephard. This book is full of great inspirations and history!