hat appreciation life

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National Hat Day was officially two days ago, but here in my scrappy little kingdom, hats are cherished every day of the year.  Of all the vintage in the world, I love headwear the best. A really excellent hat divides the women from the girls. The society dames from the sock hoppers. I’ve seen it happen to many a blogger. You start out repro-chipper in ModCloth and novelty prints. Then, by chance or by choice, you find your first hat. Maybe a pillbox, maybe a fascinator, maybe a wee little cloche. Suddenly everything changes. Your neck all but buckles under pounds of fruit and feathers. But what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and soon you’re carrying entire aviaries with ease. Your pinky begins, inexorably, extending. You develop a mid-Atlantic accent. Your legal name is Joan Crawford. (What, that didn’t happen to you?)

You come to love, or at least I did, the drama of pure form. A dress, however impractical, serves a purpose. A hat is concentrated art.

Black women in the South call their church hats “crowns”. The grander the crown, the better to catch God’s eye. Women in Nazi-occupied Paris spun feathers and ribbons, the only materials not rationed, into “resistance pieces”. Even in the toughest times, hat lovers fumble toward elegance. A hat tells those who’d cage you: I will never bow my head.

One day is simply not long enough. I’ve got a week’s worth of hattitudinal content planned, but first – a tour of some of my personal favorites.

greenhatii

1940s | Bos & Ruby Vintage | worn here, here, and here

hatsaucer

1940s | Gem’s Vintage Gems | worn here, here, and here

hatbrown30s

1930s | Barge Canal Market | worn here

bluehati

1940s | thrifted | worn here, here, and here

turbanhati

1940s | The Classy Closet | Worn here, here, and here

pinkhatii

1960s | gift from Mom | worn here, here, and here

hatwhite

1950s | thrifted | worn here

hatfloralfur

1930s | The Classy Closet | worn here

bowhati

1950s | thrifted | worn here

furhati

1940s | thrifted | worn here, here, and here

grapehatii

1940s | Luvsick Vintage  | worn here

hatfelt

1950s | Mode de Lis flash sale | worn here, here, and here

widehati

1950s | Barge Canal Market | worn here

headthimbleii

1960s | gift from Mom | worn here

pinkstrawhati

no idea | thrifted | worn here

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1940s | Fancy Lucky Vintage | worn here, here, and here

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1930s | thrifted | worn here and here

hatpleati

1930s | Barge Canal Market | coming soon!

hatpinkred

1950s | Lang Farm Antique Center | coming soon!

 

 

 

 

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