Archive for the ‘Hats’ Category

The Modern Cowboy Sings from the Heart & Soul

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

6a00d8341c9e5b53ef00e54f4734328833-640wi With so many musicians that we have today, a joyful world of musical variety is offered to many music lovers to enjoy. Even the artists themselves are packaged in such a delightful manner, such as the like of Lady Gaga whose showmanship makes it worth your money and your time. Some however, still choose to present themselves the way our moms and dads liked them: just the right amount of rocker facial hair, sunglasses with just a hint of color, teamed with a cowboy hat and what do we have? Gruff that looks great, the Bono way. A distinctive fashion sense that is quite an attraction so much so that a lot of people emulate the same style especially if you are a Bono fan.

In many ways, the hat and sunglasses combination has become a fashion trend when their actual purpose, originally, were for protection. But people with fashion good judgment must have known that their use should not be limited to such and so now we have celebrities sporting cowboy hats as a fashion accessory. (more…)

The Royal Elegance of Tea Party

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

images (1)What is it about tea party that gives it that notion of elegance? Perhaps it is because tea parties are known to be a part of the royal blood’s daily activities to which they even change gowns for when it is tea time. Next to elegance of course are hats that add lady-like glamour to the ladies who attend tea parties. Needless to say, you will find tea-partying women wearing what else but tea party hats.

You would think that hats are just protective covering to keep the face and the neck away from harmful sun rays but even as the early days of kings and queens up until the present, hats make great fashion statements. Naturally, ladies who like to dress elegantly, they would want to do so from head to foot and with that is the hat for the head. You can be pretty enough with the right dress and the right pair of shoes but add an elegant hat and you’d sure look more sophisticated. (more…)

Animal Hat and Glove Set: Cute Accessories in Spring

Monday, March 4th, 2013

animal hat Out with February and in with March—so yes, spring is definitely upon us. And with the onset of the new season, this just means we have to do away with our winter clothing and accessories and start filling our closet with spring dress and hair coverings. So, are you thinking about getting new clothes and hair accessories this spring? If you’re a bit tight on budget, you can very much stick with your old spring wardrobe and spend a little on cute accessories instead. And when I say cute, I mean both for you and your children such as this animal hat and glove set.

Kids, in particular, love animals, so letting your little one wear an animal hat is definitely a good idea. Now, match that with equally cute gloves and his eyes will sure light up in excitement. Often knitted, this cute animal hat and glove set is the perfect spring accessory that you can buy to complete your kid’s getup. But hey, you can very much get one for yourself too. (more…)

Fashion Hats for Hat Lovers

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

black fedora hatMen and women alike love wearing hats; they do this for several purposes—one is to keep their head warm, two is to protect their hair, and three is to look more fashionable. Yes, hats do make great fashion statements too! That’s why, over the years, these hair accessories have become more popular than other types of hair coverings. So, what are some of the options available for you?

Fedora hats

Originally worn by men with their suits as part of their business uniform in the 1950s, these hats have evolved to become one of the most sought-after wholesale hats today. Designed with narrow, (more…)

Winter Accessories: Keep Your Body Warm Outdoors

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

As the weather gets colder, it becomes more difficult for you to stay outdoors for a long period of time. As a matter of fact, just the thought of walking outside to go to work makes you wish that you’re working from home so you can stay in the warmth of your bed the whole day. But there’s no genie to grant you that wish—so, the least that you can do is to keep your body as warm as possible outdoors. And this is where winter accessories come into play.

Ear muffs and beanie hats—these are just some of the popular accessories that you can use during winter. The earmuffs, for one, can be used to cover your ears and keep them warm. You see, the ears are among (more…)

Way of Dressing for the Amish

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Just like me, you too might have wondered why the gentle Amish people have a certain way of dressing. Even their hats make them quite a sight to behold especially seeing them attend church activities. They also have a way of dressing in their day to day activities in their community.

It was in 1693 when the Amish came to be through Jacob Amman, leading a group of Swiss Mennonites. From their main body, the group broke free because of belief differences. Since then, they have been a community so uniquely their own even in their dress code. While there are some similarities, there are some differences that set them apart from other communities with similar way of dressing. (more…)

No Need to Study Hats to Know What Suits You

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

A hat is not just a hat but you don’t need to study them to know what suits you best. That is not to say though that you can think of the hat as something unimportant because, hats play a major role in our lives.

The hats were made for a good, practical reason. Whatever the weather outside, there is a hat appropriate to wear. During summer, you wear a hat to protect you against the harmful UV rays of the sun which may result to sunburn and other skin ailments. When it rains, a hat help keep your hair and makeup intact. In work places, hats are for protection too against injuries such as the hard hat worn by construction workers. The helmets used by bikers could have been derived from the very idea of headwear for protection. (more…)

The Beauty of Felt Hats

Monday, August 27th, 2012

One thing that makes felt a favorite material for hats is its pretty makeup of wool or fur that is nice to the touch. With a process that is as old as time, the water-proof material is made using pressure, heat and water. Felt is not women unlike other fabrics but processed through wet felting.

How felt came to be has been the subject of many discussions. One has it as having been discovered by the patron saint of hat makers, St. Clement. It was said that when he travelled, he protected his feet by filling his shoes with flax fibers and in turn, the combination of feet moisture, pressure and beating, produced the comfortable felt material. (more…)

The Early Years of Women’s Hair Fashion

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

Bonnet was the most commonly used type of hat among women during the early years of hair fashion, particularly the 1800s. It was the kind that had straps that can be tied under the chin so that the bonnet securely sits on the head.

As women became more and more active by the years, they got involved in more rigorous activities and bonnet became inappropriate. Cloche was introduced to address women’s needs for outdoor activity hats. With a shape that resembles a bell, the cloche goes well even for a woman who is dressed a bit more formal.

As the years went by, women wanted to dress more elegantly so by the early 1900s, the wide-brim hats were introduced. These hats were designed with a ribbon, tulle or (more…)

Understanding the Hat Act of 1732

Monday, August 20th, 2012

In an aim to protect the English hat makers who were toughly competing with the Americans in hat-making, the Hat Act of 1732 became a British Law. This means hats made in the US are restricted from being exported to English countries or the control of hat production by the Americans in the Thirteen colonies.

The act also gave protection to English workers as it controlled the hiring of non-English workers or colored slaves. With the law implemented, the inter-colonial selling of hats in England was also prohibited which in the process increased the sales and profits of English hat makers. A series of taxes that resulted from the Hat Act put a division between Britain and its American colonies. (more…)

Hats as Sun Protection

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Enjoying the sun and all the outdoor activities that go with it should not include skin damages caused by excessive exposure.But what about spending the day to enjoy all of the fun actions?

Of course you may continue to do so but be sure to provide proper protection from the sun and the most convenient sun protection is no less than a hat.
Not only do you protect yourself from sun burn, premature aging and skin cancer, you get to stay in fashion, too! While we all need a certain amount of sunlight on a regular basis, too much of it can be bad so we need to be protected. (more…)

The Latest Scoop: Hair and Hats in the News

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

in the news For the fun of it, I just Googled “hat’ and then “hair” to see if any interesting news stories popped up.  I thought I’d find some fashion reviews, or celebrity mentions, or something like that.  Well, I got two good stories – but they were NOT what I was expecting!

The best hat-related story was funny, in a horrible sort of way.  A woman got mad at her ex-boyfriend, and for revenge, she put 24 of his favorite baseball caps in the bathtub, doused them in gasoline, and lit them on fire.  She was arrested on charges of mischief and arson, (more…)

History of Headgear #11: Uniform Hats

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

chef hat When you picture certain people, you automatically dress them in certain clothes.  Think about the dress-up box in your kindergarten classroom – all those uniforms.  Wearing a uniform helps people recognize what a person does.  But how did we come to associate mortarboards with graduating students, or those tall white hats with chefs and bakers, and so on?

The first police uniforms were created in London in 1829; the first US police uniform was established in New York in 1853.  Those outfits were basically dark, plain versions of what most people wore back then. (more…)

History of Headgear #11: Bonnet

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

sunbonnet When you think of a bonnet, you probably think of Laura Ingalls Wilder on the prairie, or little girls in fancy dresses with frilly hats.  Can you believe that they used to be the height of French fashion?

Well, maybe not the height, but certainly in style in various forms, for a good 150 years.  Technically, a bonnet is a brimless hat (hence the term being used to describe several hats that aren’t what you might think of as bonnets – particularly certain Scottish caps).  The predecessor to the sunbonnet were small caps worn to protect hair from dust and so on – similar to what might also be called a coif.  Early bonnets were very unstructured, and sometimes became more like turbans.

By the 19th century they began to take on more specific shapes.  They were made of both cloth and straw, and elaborately decorated with flowers and ribbons.   (more…)

History of Headgear #10: Cloche

Friday, July 15th, 2011

cloche The cloche hat is iconic of the 1920’s, but it is still popular today.  It is characterized by its bell-like shape (cloche is the French word for bell) and a close fit around the head.  Cloches can be made of felt or straw, and are worn low on the forehead.  They could be plain or elaborately decorated with ribbons, beads, applique, embroidery, jeweled brooches, or clusters of feathers.  A cloche’s brim can be worn down or, more typically, turned up.

They were first designed in 1908, but became wildly popular in the 1920’s, in the Art Deco fashion culture. (more…)

History of Headgear #9: Straw Hats

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Straw hats Straw hats are the perfect summer accessory.  They’re light, they shade you from the sun, and they come in every possible shape, size, and style.  And while they have a long history, they are anything but outdated!

Straw hats aren’t always made from straw, you know!  The term is applied to most hats made from woven or braided plant fibers.  Straw itself refers to the stalk of grain plants such as oat and rye. Other common hat fibers are sisal, raffia, rush, buntal, abaca, jute, seagrass, ramie, and toquilla palm (used to make those famous Panama hats).  These materials vary in color and texture, so they make a wide variety of hats. (more…)

The Freakiest Royal Wedding Hats

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Royal Wedding Hats Ok, I know we just did a blog post of crazy runway styles, but I can’t let a British royal wedding go by without pointing out some of the real screamers.  For Americans, the wedding-hat thing is pretty strange because it’s not the fashion in the US.  The idea of wearing one at all comes from the fact that until relatively recently, weddings pretty much always took place in churches, and people were expected to cover their heads in church.  Even though some churches have more relaxed rules now, and people are getting married in other venues, the connection between hats and weddings still lingers.  It remains to be seen whether all the hoopla will inspire a wedding hat trend outside the UK. (more…)

How to Wash Your Haircoverings – Head Coverings

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Washing hats We’ve done a few posts about washing and caring for your hair – but caring for your hairCOVERINGS is just as important!  If you don’t know what to do, you could end up ruining a favorite item.  Last summer, a bird pooped on my navy tichel with lurex stripes (yet another reason to love covering – at least it ended up on a tichel instead of my hair!).  Without thinking, I threw it into the regular laundry.  It came out shrunken, faded, and with broken lurex threads poking out all over the place.  Clearly, I need to be more careful with my washing methods.

How often you wash your headgear is up to you.   (more…)

The 9 Bizarrest Hats of 2011

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

leopard hat Does anyone else have trouble keeping track of which fashion shows relate to which future seasons?  After a year of blogging about accessories, you’d think I’d have learned the schedule by now.  Anyway, Fall/Winter 2011 fashion shows took place back in February, and I just came across the most insane runway hat styles this week.  WHAT are these designers thinking?  I just have to share the top nine wildest ones now!

1. First up is this teeny little gray dude by Francesca Biondi, (more…)

Popular Celebrity Hats

Monday, January 17th, 2011

taylor swift red beanie The UK’s Telegraph recently posted a gallery on their fashion webpage of celebrities photographed wearing various winter hat styles.  For those of you who like to see what popular actors, models, and other personalities are wearing, there’s good news: most of what they’re wearing is totally normal and easy to replicate on your own.

Simple beanies and furry “trapper hats” (remember the ushanka from last week?) appear to be all the rage among people who have their pick of the latest fashions.  Check out the gallery here, and then check out some of our best winter offerings below.

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