Often I find myself having thoughts on the subject of the hat which are more complex than a little entry on Facebook will allow.
My aim is to keep it short and sweet and hopefully add some interest to your 'hat world'.
I have seen over the last few days and weeks a lot of media around the hat as it is Spring Carnival in Melbourne which means hats, fashion and horses.
What I found is that women wear hats on the left or the right side of their head. So which is the RIGHT side?
My hunch is that most of us have an opinion. I say: Try it out, see for yourself in the mirror, and pay attention to your gut feeling, not just your reflection.
There is a belief with some milliners that hats need to be worn on the right side. For me, this belief belongs to a long-gone era. I learned from a client very early in my career that there are women who feel inclined to tilt their hats to the left. It feels natural to them, which means they will carry themselves more confidently.
The trouble is that many hats which are made by manufacturers are made for 'right-wearers' which means they will feel wrong to a 'left-wearer', and also look wrong, as the trim is often placed in a way that doesn't look quite right when the hat is worn on the left.
The result is that some women walk away declaring that they just can't wear hats, because they don't feel or look good in them.
That is not so. EVERYONE can wear a hat! Don't just take my word for it. Try it out for yourself:
- First, ask yourself where you naturally tilt your hat. On your left or right side? Close your eyes, put on an imaginary hat and see where you tilt it.
- Next, think about which headpiece you're going to wear. A small something or a large something?
- Small pieces generally look best when placed over the part in your hairline.
- There is now a trend towards wearing hats in the centre of the head.
- Wear your hats where it feels RIGHT for you. Your milliner (or you, if you're the maker) can than trim it so it is flattering.
- Can you swap your part around for the day?
- Placing a hat elastic at the back under the hairline in the colour of your hair will help you feel safe. Make sure the elastic is attached in the right spot, or the hat/headpiece will slide out of position on your head).
You want your hat or headpiece to feel so comfortable and natural that it's almost a part of you. It needs to allow you to move freely and without being adjusted throughout the day. If you are worried it might come off, or it gives you headaches, or if there is movement and sliding going on then something is wrong.
A hat should be like a good-fitting shoe or bra. Do not settle for second best. Trust your feelings and instincts, and remember that it is YOU who wears the hat: a woman in the 21 Century who makes her own rules about what to wear and how to wear it.
Have a hatty day!