Now quick, bang on something with a wooden spoon and repeat,
"Bring out your hats!"
"Bring out your hats!"
For fellow Monty Python fans out there, doesn't this sort of ring true? Hats are such a great accessory, but unless their sole purpose is to keep the snow out of our ears, they sort of get left for dead. Rarely does anyone wear a hat just for adornment purposes anymore. And all these beautiful vintage creations of felt, rhinestones and netting are slowly deteriorating in their boxes.
Well, honestly, I'm not any better at wearing my vintage hats. Several of these are perfect matches to outfits that I've worn on more than one occasion, but do I ever grab the hat? Nope. So this past Sunday afternoon, I dumped them all on the dining room table and played dress-up. I had a good time reminding myself just exactly what a hat can do for one's attitude, and my nine year old daughter enjoyed the entertainment, laughing at all my faces.
Another 1950s vintage hat that fits both my hair style and several outfits in my closet is this white buckram hat. I love the wrap around detail in the front (which eliminates the need for pins!).
This black velvet number is a creation of mine dating back to when I first got hooked on peacocks. I still adore peacocks, but sadly have never worn this one.
Continuing with my apparent love of tiny, back-of-the-head-perching hats, is this silly red one I picked up at the Hunnert Car PileUp car show in Illinois several years ago. The top decoration is actually repeating rows of skinny ribbon stitched down to the base. And I think the maker decided against the propeller in favor of the "wings" on either side. Super silly, but it makes me laugh.
Another hat I purchased at a car show is this classic, faux fur leopard hat. It's my single, bonafide designer hat, labeled "Saks Fifth Avenue." And while I do use a leopard purse all winter, do I ever break this out of it's tissue paper? (hanging my head in shame)
Ironically, the one hat that does get used is my mother's nurses cap. This, of course, has made for the perfect Halloween costume more than one year. I have even inherited the white bobby pins (still on the card). But somehow, you just can't beat the original...
...my mother in 1962 training as an x-ray technician.
Wire9Vintage advertised a sale over at her etsy shop, and as this was already on my favorites list, I jumped on the chance! The front is trimmed with white mink and the back has a large satin bow. Now should I get all my sewing done in the next month, this will look smashing with my Easter dress. Because Easter bonnets are one tradition that hopefully will never die!
So hopefully I've inspired you to search the back of your closet for all your lost hats. Whether you're in the mood for sultry netting or Little Rascal-esque beanies (see left), this simple accessory can put an extra spring in your step!