Millinery: mil·li·ner·yˈmiləˌnerē/noun 1. women’s hats.
If there was such a thing as a hat nerd, I would be the poster-child for the term. I love hats. When I go shopping, I always dash by the accessory department to browse the selection of hats on display. I’m always trying on new hats and scrounging for bargains on hat styles I like. My collection of millinery includes dainty antique pillboxes and fedoras, wide-brim cowgirl “pinchfronts”, and classic “newsboy” hats.
Although there are no hard and fast rules to hat wearing, here are a few tips to finding and wearing classy, stylish hats.
1. Discover your style.
Grab a couple friends and find a place with a lot of different styles of hats. Most clothing department stores have a wide variety in the accessory department and antique shops usually have some antique styles. Try on every hat, even the ones you think won’t work for you and with your friends’ help, rule out the hat styles that don’t work and the styles that do work. Once you have an idea of your basic style, shopping for hats online or during sale days becomes easier.
2. When it comes to buying hats, think basic.
Now that you’ve picked out your hat style, it’s time to pick out a few hats to add to your collection. I try to pick out several styles of hats in 3 or 4 basic colors (such as black, grey, or brown) that go with pretty much everything I have. Other than 2 vintage hats that are in bright, bold colors, all of my hats are either black or grey and I’ve had no trouble finding clothes to wear with them.
3. Wear your hats!
“Life is like a new hat. You don’t know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in front of your own mirror.” (Shirley McLaine)
When I first began wearing hats, I wondered if I looked ridiculous to the non-hatwearing people and rarely stepped out of the house with my hats. However, once I overcome my initial skepticism in my ability to pull off millinery fashion, I fell in love with the world of hat wearing. Now, I’m often found sporting my hat pieces confidently in many different settings. There’s no formula to when I choose to wear a hat; if it adds to my outfit and I feel like wearing one, then I do! 🙂
When it comes to wearing your hats, be creative and don’t be afraid to make a fashion statement. Wearing hats should be a delightful practice that makes you feel confident and classy. If you’re worried that you’ll be out of place by wearing a hat, don’t stress too much about it. Hat wearing is a beautiful and feminine tradition that hasn’t died yet. Once you’ve taken the plunge of wearing hats, be warned; it may become a habit. 🙂
“The right hat may also enliven our imagination of the past….an old-fashioned cloche, a picture hat, or a toque trimmed with a pouf of polka-dotted veiling is just enough to make us feel as if we were living in another, romantic age.” (Unknown)