Vintage bloggers share their top tips on vintage hats
By Lena on May 15, 2010
In days gone by no respectable lady would have even thought about leaving the house without her hat and gloves on. Over time, the convention of hat-wearing slipped by the wayside, and women everywhere started going bareheaded. Because of this, vintage hats are comparatively cheap to other vintage accessories. But how to wear them? And even more confusing, how to look after them? Angel Cutsforth has asked some of her vintage blogger friends for their top tips when it comes to vintage hats.
Kristin of Leproust Vintage suggests that a vintage hat can be worn with a vintage outfit to create a ‘period’ look or with modern clothing to create an edgy and fashion-forward style. “I think a vintage hat wearer cannot go wrong styling the hat in her own way, whether it be with other vintage, or modern piece.”
“Frank Sinatra himself said: “Cock your hat – angles are attitudes”. This tip is fantastic, because sometimes a hat can look ridiculous until you angle it forward, backward or to the side. German stylist Alex Kruse, when showing Jodie Kidd around Berlin, said that smaller hats and fascinators should be worn more on the right side of the head. One of my personal mantras is that berets should be worn slouching to one side or to the back. It creates a style that looks relaxed but still stylish and polished. Just play around and experiment with angles.”
Hailey of Style Symmetry talks about how to wear specific types of hats and gives some inspiration. “Honestly, I constantly hear comments like ‘I could never wear a hat like that’ or ‘I can’t pull that off’. But all you really need to wear hats is a love of hats. A beret is super cute with a skirt and fitted blouse or will spice up a basic pants look. A special hat is great with a more simple outfit to let the hat stand out, think a solid printed dress or basic black and white look. Wide-brimmed sunhats are for just that, sunny days. They work great with sundresses, flowy maxi dresses or wearing with shorts and your bikini at the beach. Sun hats are the perfect way to help protect your hair, scalp and face from the hot summer sun.”
“Menswear inspired hats like the bowler or structured brown tweed are great with a fitted business-like vest to go for an androgynous look, neutral colors for a pulled together casual look or really top it on any look and see if it looks good (hint: it probably will).”