Hello ladies (and gents!)
Hats aren't the essential article of clothing they once were but are still worn by both sexes for fashion and for function. Knowing when to remove a hat is as important as wearing the right hat for the occasion.
Hello there! Recognize me?!
Shirt from P.S. Fashion
Skirt is something my mom passed on to me (thank you!)
Lady bug ring is from a trip to Graz
Green bangle from a thrift shop
Green earrings - also thrift shop
The HAT from La Sorella
While ago, I found an article on www.fedoras.com followed by a lovely quote:
Here's the amazing What-When-Where-Who:From national anthems to indoor occasions, there really is a right — and completely wrong — way to wear one, so be sure to keep this list of manners handy when donning, doffing, or tipping your hat. Trust us, with the proper hatiquette, you’ll be the smartest, snazziest, and most polite person at the party. Not to mention, you’ll avoid all hat hang-ups and embarrassments, too.
This is the most detailed Do's and Don't's explanation put in a form of a picture-guide, easy to understand and easy to follow.
The different rules for women developed in the heady days when everyone wore hats. The hats worn by women were an integral part of their outfits and were never removed. Would you ever take off your dress in public? Women would be naked without their hats. In any case removal of one’s best hat would be impracticable in most circumstances as the hat may have been fastened to the hair severely by a series of hat pins. This was certainly the case in Victorian and Edwardian times.
Edwardian lady looking dashing.
Women are typically permitted to wear hats that are part of the outfit indoors. But Emily Post advised that a hat should NOT be worn with an evening dress (to me this seems more of a style point than a matter of etiquette). The style mavens of the 1950's and 1960's advise that daytime hats with large brims not be worn inside in the evening. Smaller brim hats should be worn if any hat is worn. Some would say that any dress hat can be worn indoors without exception. After dinner is the appropriate time to remove your hat if so inclined. A woman would not normally wear her hat in her own home even in the old days.
Hats were made to be suitable to any and all your daily outfits - so,
there was NO REASON to take it off.
Wearing hats at an upscale restaurant is acceptable especially for fancy luncheons and High Teas. Indeed many ladies get together for High Teas where hat wearing is mandatory and is a fun event. Some advise that the hat should be part of your street clothes – a nice dress for example.
Ladies having their tea - look at those lovely hats!
Let me end this (I don't dare call it a lesson) with a lovely quote by Martha Sliter
"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!"
Spotting what I'm trying to show here? My hat, naturally.
So, put your hat on and enjoy your day..
♥♥ Pinky Honey