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Audrey Wears Hats

Yes, Audrey DID put the style back into hats, back in the day… Here’s a comment about how hats make the person…
 

 

audreywhen i was young it seemed like every Sunday my mother would wear a hat to church- spring, summer, fall and winter, straw, wool, or fur, wide brim, fedora, or pill-box. i always thought she looked so pretty and elegant, actually i still do. i love a lady in a hat and i love all these images of audrey hepburn in hats from the book of the same name.

in many ways my mother and of course perfect audrey have defined what i think a lady should look like, how they should carry themselves, what is appropriate and what isn’t, how to have restraint, but that it’s always important to make a statement, and always wear hats!

It’s sunday, and you don’t have to go to a horse race to wear a hat! enjoy!

for more of audrey visit my pinterest board on her.

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Hat Love: Norma Boyd

 Norma Boyd loves hats.  Can’t you tell? She had such pizazz when she recently wore this hat on  a  small trip with her family to Virginia Beach,  we asked  her could we post in on our blog!

She  is 32, and currently lives in  Montclair, VA. She just relocated from Texas with her family of 7  ( and counting…) and they are getting a home built in Spotsylvania, Virginia and loves taking care of her husband.  We interviewed Norma’s love for hats recently and she shared some wonderful insights about women and   the sex appeal of hats.


Why do you like to wear hats?
 I like the old-time look. Women used to look so modest, sophisticated and very sexy.
Has wearing hats become a regular practice or a legacy  to leave behind, for you?  
This is something that I want to just start doing for me. I love hats and the way a woman can wear it.
I am the first in my family to wear them, and I  actually hope to be able to pass this ritual down to my girls.
When do you recall enjoying the first time you begin wearing hats and what happened for you in that process?
 At the beach just recently. Made me feel more of a woman for some reason. Almost like a switch that made me feel so different and I loved it.
If you were to convince someone to wear a hat, what would be the reasons you would give? 
For women to look more elegant and sexy.  I feel women don’t have to show their body to feel alive and renewed. I absolutely feel that a hat can change a woman’s personality.
What ‘s the magic that happens when you put a hat on?
I feel like I stepped back in time during the “I Love Lucy show” women were different back then.
I feel more respected in some ways by men.
When do you like to wear hats and on what occasions?
Since I am new at this,  I still need to buy more hats I want to start trying to wear them during church, on the beach or whenever I can.

On Hat Legacy: Kia Knox

Kia Knox, Los Angeles CA.

Hat legacy!

It’s what happens when people have beliefs surrounding their philosophy about hats! In the next  few weeks we will share what people think about this hats and  how they make an impact on the world and leave a legacy behind!

Why do you like to wear hats?

I wear hats because they speak to my personality without me opening my mouth. Typically, the hats I wear are colorful, fun, large  with brims and I typically  wear them during the day.

Are wearing hats become a regular practice or a legacy for you? Have they been in your family for a while?

Hats are becoming more of my legacy. It don’t go to the mall without trying on hats. I love all shapes sizes but generally choose the larger styles.

When do you recall enjoying the first time you begin wearing hats and what happened for you in that process?

I first fell in love with wearing hats when I was younger. I loved seeing all the ladies at church on Sunday wear them for first Sunday. My grandmother had a hat to match every suit she had for church, and as a child I loved going to her house and I would put them all on and stay in the mirror for hours. I felt somewhat noble when I put on her hats and I’d strut around the house as if I were a ‘dignitary’.  I would Even sit down for dinner wearing her hats.

 If you were to convince someone to wear a hat, what would be the reasons you would give?

If I had to convince someone to wear a hat, I’d sell them on the fact that it completes their outfit. It’s one of the easier ways to dress up any outfit. It also shows the free-spirited side of a person. Hats are fun and wearing them shows that you are not afraid to be different.

Do you believe a hat can change one’s personality?

I definitely believe a hat can change one’s personality. It’s almost like you become a different person when you wear a hat. Certain styles of hats bring out a side of a person you may never get the chance to see. I think my confidence level changes the more I wore hats. Some think they are accessories to hide behind, but I saw them as a way to gain more attention.

What ‘s the magic that happens when you put a hat on?

When I wear hats I feel like royalty….All eyes are on me and I become the center of attention. I get the magical feeling like I can do anything,  and conquer anything. “it’s the feeling that I have commanded the attention of the room when I walk in.” A smile seems to easily accompany me when I wear hats.

When do you like to wear hats and on what occasions?

I enjoy wearing hats most on the weekends to the beach and the pool. I wear them to church and during every season. Winter is my favorite season.

HAT ENLIGHTENMENT

 Check your hat style & indicate what kind of person you are –  just by simply wearing  the hat style !

HAT  ENLIGHTENMENT

Clothing cue1. A highly expressive consumer product worn as a covering for the head. 2.Distinctively styled head garb with varied markings, colors, shapes, and fit, designed to communicate a wearer’s identitygenderoccupationmood, andfavourite sport.

UsageBecause of their prominence and proximity to the face, hats make impressive statements about social status, affiliation, and personality (seeHAIR CUE). Indeed, whatever we place atop our 15-pound head–which looms conspicuously above our upright body for all to see–will be interpreted as nonverbal signs.

ObservationIn hat stores, shoppers unwittingly reflect the strange power of head wear. After an uneasy smile, hats which fit the head but not the persona, are hastily removed. A proper hat, on the other hand, stays aboard and rides out of the store atop its new owner’s head. Self-conscious thoughts that “everyone is noticing” soon fade however (i.e., become old hat), as wearers assimilate the new personality.

Cap I. For men, wearing a baseball cap says: “I belong to a team.” Although caps display emblems of professional ball clubs, in a deeper sense the group they refer to is the generic association of men. Unlike women’s hats, which are designed to show individuality, men’s hats are part of a uniform to show membership on a team (thus explaining the generally standardized design of turbans, fedoras, fezzes, and military caps).

Cap IIWearing a baseball cap (the biggest selling U.S. hat) helps a man feel “stronger.” On the isopraxic principle of “same behavior” (see REPTILIAN BRAIN), cap wearers draw strengtha. from nonverbal bonds to fellow cap-wearers, and b. from the psychic power of male bonding in team sports. There is no better sign for judging a man’s unspoken allegiances with other men than through the messaging features of his cap.

Cap IIIThe startling coloration of some sports caps not only makes them more noticeable than hair alone, but also carries a hidden warning message. Blotches and bright flashes of color resemble the markings of dangerous animals such as bees, hornets, and poisonous snakes. Bold stripes and jolting patterns of black, white, yellow, red, and orange (which in the animal kingdom carry aposematic warning messages aimed at predators) are as common in sports caps as in skunks, tigers, and poison-arrow frogs. The markings say, “Don’t tread on me–I am toxic, noxious, and bad.”

BrimA hat brim suggests masculine “fierceness” by visually enlarging a man’s bony brow ridges, which are natural signs of strength in the male skull (though less prominent now than in Neanderthal times). Drawn down on the forehead, brims mimic eyebrows lowered in anger (as caricatured, e.g., by the cartoon character, “Yosemite Sam”; see FROWN). With its turned-down brim, the fedora worn by Humphrey Bogart made him look “meaner,” while its vertically ascending crown increased his standing height. (N.B.: Because a baseball cap lacks the fedora’s vertical stature,

some men reshape the rounded crown to produce a jaunty vertical riser in front; see HIGH-STAND DISPLAY. Young American men are self-conscious about the appearance of their cap’s brim shape, and strive for an insouciant curvilinear, rather than a senior’s flattened [i.e., unmodified], “stock” appearance.)

Media. Hats have become a form of mass media. “‘In the last seven years or so, licensed [sports] products as a whole started taking off and baseball caps became a fashion statement,’ explains Ron Meshil, chief operating officer of Manny’s Baseball Land, a sports merchandise store in Palm City, Fla” (Oldenburg 1995:D5).

Style. A woman’s hat, which shows style, individuality, and presence, can also suggest power and strength.

Cowboy hats and fedoras, among the best selling headware for women in the U.S., reflect allegiance to predominantly male “teams.” Alternatively, Floppy berets and Garbo slouch hats frame the face like soft-falling tresses of hair, to seem more appealing, approachable, and feminine.

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Hat Dreams…

 
 

 

cutie hat“When you wear a hat, it is like medicine for the soul.

The hat is the expression of who you are as a women in every moment! The hat is your dreams of who you can be. It facilitates the different parts of who you are: With the wave of the hat, voila!

You are mysterious…no, you are sexy…now proper…now playful. “


Philip Treacy, An Awesomely Unique Hat Designer

Here’s Phillip Treacy in London – He says he likes a mixture of the fifties style and outer space…. is this your style? Truly extravagant, elegant, crafty and   versatile… he  is truly a cut above the rest…his style goes unwarranted…yet definitely not unnoticed.

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Here’s more about Philip in an interview from “Another” magazine:

Philip Treacy is one of the most extraordinary hat designers of our time. His handmade creations are a feat of craftsmanship, displaying an imagination so fervent that seemingly impossible dreams are realised through his designs. As well as being awarded the prestigious title of British Accessory Designer of the year five times, in 2007 Treacy received an OBE for his services to the British fashion industry. AnOther Magazine caught up with him to talk about the things in life that make his heart beat a little faster.

You have said that you dislike the term “milliner.” Why is that?

Because its not a true reflection of what I do. It’s an 18th- century term when a milliner was someone who decorated dresses a la Marie Antoinette. I believe that I am a hat designer, not a milliner.

Could you describe for us how the hats are made?

I start with a drawing, I then make a mock-up of the shape in 3D in the material, and then I send the shape to a block maker in Paris and he carves it in wood and then we make the hat on that. Everything’s made by hand, and so it’s couture manufacturing; someone using their brain to make that hat flow or come to life rather than stamping it out. What is the quality that makes the hat come to life?

The personality of the wearer and the hat makes the hat. I always design the hat with the wearer in mind, otherwise it’s an inanimate object. A lady who works in my shop was referring to the customers and what they were looking for, and she said to me, “You sell dreams.” It’s a hat, but a hat’s a dream. It’s an accessory of rebellion in a way.

Why do you think that hats are a form of rebellion?

Well at one time a hat was a conformist accessory, and today it’s a form of rebellion, so the hat hasn’t changed, but the meaning of wearing a hat has. In the 60’s hair became hats, so it became trendy at that moment to not wear a hat, but the hat, I believe, could be the future. It is an expression of individuality and we’re becoming more confident and adventurous. Wearing a hat is fun; people have a good time when they’re wearing a hat.

Who do you work with?

There is a small team of us and work experience kids, there are people who I’ve trained up and people that I will have just met this morning. I have a team of people who are passionate about making beautiful things with their hands.

There was a rumour of Lady Gaga doing work experience with you…

She has expressed an interest, so we’re going to check out her sewing skills and if she’s good enough, you never know! [Laughs.] She’s a great character, she loves hats and she is a very exciting customer because she is the hat wearer du jour, no?

You’ve collaborated with so many different and fascinating individuals. Could you tell us a little about some of those relationships and how they came about?

My relationship with Isabella Blow was more than just a collaboration, it was a kind of romance; a love affair about hats, not sex. And my collaboration with Grace Jones is about a happy coincidence of a hat lover and a hat maker and somebody who looks like a dream in a hat. And most of those relationships come about through friendships, really. It’s a passion for the kinds of things in life that make the heart beat a little bit faster.

And you have also worked very closely with some of the greatest designers…

I love working with fashion designers; I studied fashion design, which helps me to work with designers because I have a certain understanding of that side. I’ve worked with many designers but Alexander McQueen was the greatest of all of them. He was a really inspiring person to work with. He made you do things you never thought you’d do, creatively, and his expectation of you made you do your best. You didn’t want to disappoint him. Isabella was the same. People always say to me, “Did Isabella tell you what kind of hats she wanted?” Never, ever, ever, she wouldn’t dream of that, but she could drive you so crazy about the hat without saying what she wanted. She would be so in love with the idea of this hat you were making for her that you didn’t want to let her down. Isabella’s job description for a hat was one that nobody had ever seen or that had never been invented before – that’s what she expected from me when I made her hat, and that’s not easy!

Source: http://www.anothermag.com/current/view/374/Philip_Treacy_Hat_Designer