1. 30 % of your body’s heat is lost through the head. Keep your precious heat to yourself, (at least while you’re outside) by wearing a hat. (What you do inside, with or without a hat is your own business.)
2. Before the 1960’s a person’s rank and social status could be established based on the hat they wore. Nowadays we can wear a hat to prove the opposite is true; that we will not be classified! Creativity, uniqueness and one’s mood for the day can determine the hats we choose to wear.
3. We wear hats to show off our style and fashion sense! (You knew I was going to say that.) After all, you are a fashionista and wearing a fabulous hat is one way to tell the world without a large sign pinned to the back of your coat.
When you consider hats, you probably think of Princess Beatrice wearing that extraordinary beige hat to the royal wedding of Wills and Kate. She took a lot of grief for that hat. It was created for her by the all-star of milliners; London based Philip Treacy, who designed the majority of the hats for the guests of the wedding of the decade. But why was Priness B. criticized so? I have a theory. My guess is that Treacy created that hat as a metaphor. It looked like a Victorian picture frame to me, the kind that hang by a ribbon to the wall. I believe he was saying that the Princess was “as pretty as a picture.” A custom hat by Treacy can start at $3000.00. At that price you would expect your hat to do the talking. It’s just that some people can’t understand what the hat is saying.
If you hanker for an original Philip Treacy hat, or another exceptional chapeau, I have found you two sources. Samuel’s Hats on 255 West 36th Street in New York City carries some of the finest hats in the world by many of the world’s top designers. Understandably, a large majority of these milliners are based in London. These people understand what is required for the heads of those women who are off to the Royal Ascot or a Royal Wedding. A number of other fabulous designers carried at Samuel’s are from Italy, some are American. These hats broadcast to the world that you are not afraid to make a fashion statement.
Also in New York City, Barbara Feinman Millinery, located at 66 East 7th Street, hand makes wonderful hats for clients who want special, inspired, clever and distinctive head coverings that range from classy to funky. Feinman has elevated the hat to an art form. Her hats are investments. Take a look at the selection I’ve put into the slide show and you’ll agree with me.
There are about a dozen hat shapes which we see re-interpreted over and again. What shape is right for you? You need to try them on a see which best fits your face and your nature.
If cost is a concern and you’d love a hand made designer hat but the price tag doesn’t fit your financial plan, do what fashionistas on a budget do… visit the thrift shops and antique stores and start digging! Add a rhinestone brooch to a beret or glue on some pretty ribbon, flowers or feathers to a plain hat. The last hat pictured is a vintage fox hat I found in an antique store for $7.00!
Yea for making a statement! And yea for letting your hat do the talking!