Monday, November 21, 2011

Hats!! (aka "Judith, This One's For You")

This post is dedicated to Judith, author of the blog Style Crone, and a fellow hat aficionado. She has an enviable collection of hats which she wears regularly and is a creative, caring, and courageous woman who inspires me to smile more and complain less.  

I seem to be amassing a rather sizeable hat collection, and I've learned that with the acquisition of hats, particularly vintage ones made from wool felt, comes great responsibility.  If I want them to last and not be chewed on by insects, I'll be investing in some hatboxes, acid-free tissue paper, and a hat brush. I had posted a photo of myself, wearing one of the hats I had purchased in New York in an earlier post, below are photos of the other two:
This little 60's hat was $10, and while I can't decide if it's a flattering shape on me, I loved the black velvet flocking on the orange-y background, and it makes a nice little display piece on one of my styrofoam mannequin heads.
I couldn't resist the feminine fluffiness of this large brimmed plush hat from Saks Fifth Avenue Millinery Salon (says the label inside)--paired with a little black dress,  I could pretend that I was an extra from the film "Breakfast at Tiffanys".
I picked up this wool felt fedora made by Artistique of Montreal at The Sentimentalist before I went to New York, and after seeing the prices that vendors were charging for similar hats at the Vintage Show, I came home with a new appreciation for the stores we have here in London.
And speaking of The Sentimentalist, look at this fabulously chic women's fez that was on display when I was last in the store.  I couldn't carry it off, but I know there's a woman out there that will be able to do it justice.


  1. You really do suit a hat, just like Judith!
    All of those beauties were too fabulous to pass up. I'd love to see you in that elegant fez! x

  2. I am honored Shelley! Thank you for the dedication and you really know how to wear a hat. Every photo is magnificent. I am in love with the red and black fez!

  3. uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!
    LUV the great big plush black hat from Saks. Looks like fur felt. Hard to come by these days, so you got real lucky! (You didn't say how much it was, and I'm soooooo curious!!) When I buy vintage hats, I wrap them in plastic (like dry cleaner bags), and stick them in the freezer for a month. I was told the cold will kill whatever might be hiding out. The plastic is for protection, but also keeps possible six legged stowaways from traveling for hats unknown. (I was also told NOT to open the freezer 'cause that will raise the temperature, however briefly, and I was also told not all freezers freeze at the same low temp. I am too lazy to adhere to those specifications, but to date I haven't had ANY bug problems. On the other hand, I don't buy any hats with bits of their fuzz missing, or with mangy feathers.) Any professional archivist will tell you dry cleaning bags are a no-no because of "offgassing". I use them unapologetically (for storage too), and won't regret it unless I ever try to sell my hats and they get rejected because they're wrapped in plastic.

    Oh, and you're right about Judith, the Style Crone.

    Idiosyncratic Fashionista