January 15th is National Hat Day. Although no one knows for sure its no doubt that National Hat Day was created by a hat loving individual. As far back as I can remember my love for hats began when I was about 5 years old. When I look back at my childhood with great affection I remember with gratitude, my impeccably dressed and groomed grandfather in his full formal attire: London fog trench coat, formal trousers, crisply ironed shirt with a wing tip collar, cuff links, silk socks, black leather shoes and of course his fedora which sat on his perfectly combed head of hair.
My grandfather was a man of great dignity and reserve. He belonged to a world of formal manners and strict rules of behavior. He was handsome, debonair and dapper. No one had more swag or was cooler than this man that I adored with all my heart. But that was only one part of my grandfather’s character. He was also the kindest, most generous person I have ever known and when he let me try on his favorite hat I felt like a star.
Hats continue to do that, they instantly make you or any outfit more sophisticated. It gives you that celebrity vibe.
This season hats are everywhere. From floppy, wide brimmed hats, berets, scally cap and fedoras, all the way to beanies or knit caps better known as toque hats in Canada.
The Beanie is definitely having its time in the spotlight right now. You can either go for simple styles in basic colors, or have fun with the infinite number of designs, colors, beads, appliques, faux fur, sequins, studs and even veils.
The fedora will always be my star accessory but there are plenty of styles to choose from and you can play whatever character you wish from effortless Parisian girl to posh socialite. So whatever your fancy throw on a hat this weekend and enjoy!
Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine