I’ve heard it said that hats are not for everyone. Or- “I can’t wear hats, they look terrible on me.” I need to disagree with that statement, I really think there’s a hat out there for everyone; it’s just a matter of finding the right one for you. Personally, I think most people don’t have the nerve to step out wearing a great hat. But isn’t that what fashion, and more importantly, style, is all about? Having the guts to go out, rocking your own look?
I’ve been collecting and wearing hats, probably since I discovered vintage way back in my teens. I used to have quite a large collection of vintage hats, but have gotten rid of lots of them, partly due to lack of space, and also because I wasn’t utilizing them as much as I should have. I remember having a really crappy white bolero that I found at some thrift store, and I wanted it to be black- so I spray painted it! It didn’t turn out so well, but I didn’t care, and I wore it lots, with my jodhpurs, or my 70’s suede jacket. It was pretty great with my Jean Harlow hair that I had at the time. When I returned from living in Finland for 2 years, the hat was gone. My mom hated it, and had thrown it out.
Somehow, after all these years, (around 25!) I got it into my head that I really wanted a bolero again. I’ve been looking for a few years, and even enlisted my husband to search for me, while he was on tour in Spain. Finally I spotted this hat at Del Monico Hatters online, and it’s exactly what I wanted! It’s really well made, wool of course. Not thrifty by any means, but I love it, and I’m sure I’ll wear it for many years, and make a statement with it wherever I go.
The rest of the outfit:
- cashmere dress from Club Monaco-thrift store find
- bright fuchsia tights that I had kicking around for years
- wing tip shoes that I picked up last week at the VGH thrift store for $8!!
- boyfriend jacket that I found at Value Village a few years ago for $10
- silly black and white plastic drop earrings that I’ve had forever
Sorry mom, you never really got rid of the hat! (By the way, my mom is one of those people who thinks she can’t wear hats!) And of course I’ve decided to make more of an effort to wear the hats that I do have, and go out in the world, doing my thing, and not caring what anybody thinks. Because why not? I’ll be 50 before you know it!
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