People often ask me how to wear a hat. Or they say something like... "I LOVE hats, but heck if I can wear one". It's a complex issue, and I figured it was time I attack it HEAD on, right here. Right now.
Before you click away, convinced that YOU are not a hat-girl, let me ask you this... What would you have done if it were the 1920's and Carson and Mrs. Hughes had invited YOU to their wedding?
You would have found a hat that suited you because there is NO WAY in hell you would have missed THAT wedding!! I mean seriously...
All the women in the cast of Downton Abby have different face shapes, hair styles and body types... and they ALL look lovely in hats. If it's possible for them, it's possible for you too.
What's the old proverb... "Saying you don't look good in a hat is like saying you don't look good in shoes." ;)
So, now that I've proven YOU CAN WEAR A HAT AND LOOK GOOD DOING IT (you just need to find the right one), it's time we talk about WHAT IT TAKES to wear a hat.
To be honest, I'm not sure about all of the how-to-find-the-perfect-hat-for-your-face-shape charts you can find online. I swear my face doesn't fit into any charts, and I'm convinced one must consider more than face shape when buying a hat. But for those of you that are curious, the best resource I found online for finding the right hat for you face shape was HERE on the Goorin Bros website.
Here's MY advice. Go shopping. Try on every single hat you can get your hands on. If you live near a hat shop like Goorin Bros, go there and ask the experts. If you live in the sticks like me and shopping online is your best bet, then ASK A MILLINER (aka - hat maker)!
That's what I did!
A few weeks back I found fellow Vermonter, Kristen Silverman, a milliner at Silverhill Creative Millinery on Instagram, and messaged her right away and said LET'S COLLABORATE!
All of her hats are HANDMADE, and they are just WOW!
I wasn't sure which hat would work on me, so I asked Kristen, and she suggested a fedora and a cloche.
I could see the cloche, but a fedora?? Am I cool enough to wear a fedora?
I was leery.
The cloche was LOVE at first site. The color was perfect for my skin, the whimsical twirls suited my character and personality, and the style was indeed flattering.
And now, the fedora.
As soon as I put it on, I decided NOPE and took it right off. Then I tried it on again. Still nope. I took it off. I tried it again. Left it on. Walked around the house for a little while. Put on some BOLD lipstick. Added earrings. Then sequins. Checked myself in the mirror about one bajillion times. And then it hit me... I LOVE THIS HAT!
The fedora connected me to that part of myself that is LIVING AT THE EDGE OF HER THINKING.
The risk taker. The rule bender. The fierce lover.
The cloche connected me to my fun and whimsy, which is easy and comfortable for me. Like tinted chapstick.
The fedora, on the other hand, was like that first time I wore red lipstick. At first I panicked and said NO WAY, and then after a few tries, I fell IN LOVE!
I AM one of those gals that can wear a fedora!!
What kind of hat-gal are YOU?? Tell me in the comments about YOUR favorite hat style!
Let's hop on this hat-wagon together!
With Love & Gratitude, xo Stasia