Women’s Vintage Hats!

I myself have 12 hats, and each one represents a different personality.  Why just be yourself? (Margaret Atwood)

My grandma was a milliner. I was impressed. I still am. She worked in New York, making hats in the 1940’s. How amazing is that?! I have always had a fascination with hats. I remember looking in my grandmother’s closet and seeing all of her hat boxes. I don’t have any hat boxes. I hardly own a hat; I own a few, but the “hat fashion” doesn’t exist these days like it used to. I love watching old movies, the black and whites, and seeing the beautiful actresses adorning beautiful hats. Why did that fashion go out of style?

I found this amazing website, The Vintage Hattery, which has so much information about vintage hats and even sells many different styles. I believe it would be difficult to find a vintage hat these days, unless you peruse the vintage stores or garage sales.

mil·li·ner  (ml-nr)

n. One who makes, trims, designs, or sells hats.
Feather Hat

Large Brim Hat

One style that I love is the floppy hat. It is made out of wool or felt. I think that women look so unique in these hats. I think we, “fashionistas” should bring this fashion trend back.  When I wear a hat I feel good. I feel different. I feel that I have dignity. I don’t know what it is about hats, but they certainly do add to a person’s personality. 
Floppy Hat
1960’s Floppy Hat

“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” (Martha Sliter) 
- Tracey


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