Saturday, May 14, 2011

Hats Are Trending This Season!!

With the Royal Wedding and the Hot trend of just rocking a great hat, is this seasons must have accessory.  We thought we would give you a few tips on how to wear hats and some etiquette tips regarding when you should or shouldn’t remove your hat (ladies).  The custom of wearing hats came about in the 1940’s where ladies wouldn’t leave their homes without a hat on.  Then it came to a point where ladies would only wear a hat if they didn’t have there hair done or had been sick and lost their hair.  Now they are all about FASHION!! Everyone who wasn’t familiar with the Fascinators really got to see how beautiful they are when all the ladies donned Philip Tracey’s wonderful designer hats.

Then of course you know that you must have a Fabulous hat for the Kentucky Derby, the hats are large and make statements and most women don’t realize where that came from it started in Jolly Ole England, at the Ascot Racecourse in England, a link soon developed between high fashion and horse racing and in turn some 100 years ago the Kentucky Derby adopted the tradition and some ladies started wearing there “Lucky” hats to help in the odds of the race.

Which now leads us to this “The secrets of choosing the right hat, wearing it correctly and with confidence.” As Editor-in-Chief, I tend to rock a lot of different little looks and the hat has been one of my favorites ever since I could remember.  I would watch my grandmother getting ready for social affairs and she would put her hat and gloves on, and I would always say to her, “when I grew up I was going to be her.”  Needless to say my staff will tell you I will rock a Fascinator or a hat in a heart beat!! These little tips that we’ve come up with we think will help you to wear hats without looking or feeling ridiculous or out of place:

Tips to Remember when Selecting Your Hats:

1. Select a hat that fits your face and complements your skin-tone (another good reason to get a color-analysis). Remember if you have a long face you shouldn’t wear a hat with a lot of height. If you have a round face you will look better in a hat that has height it will slim your face some.  Always make sure you wear a hat that enhances your face because it will draw attention right to your face!! If you are olive complexion you will look good in browns and natural toned hats that will bring out the red undertones in your skin.

2. Changing your hair style, is really key for your hat or fascinator to sit correctly on your head.  For most hats its best to pull your hair back neatly in a loose ponytail or swept back softly off your shoulders.  Fascinators look great with up swept hair styles or simple curls framing one side of the face.  DO NOT style your hair around the hat that is the biggest no-no of them all. 

3. Size matters, please wear the right size hat for your head.  Your hat shouldn’t come down over your ears or fall off each time you put your head down or even tilt your head.  Make sure its not to tight then you may end up with a headache or that horrid red line across your forehead when you take the hat off. Your hat should be comfortable and almost like you don’t even know its there, it shouldn’t cause you to fuss with it and if it does then you this isn’t the hat for you.  You have to try on many until you find the right shape, size, color and look!

4. Sun hats should be worn on the back of the head, fedoras should be worn down over the eyebrows, Fascinators should be worn on the side or the front of the head depending on the style of the fascinator.  Remember that when you try on your hat try it on at different angles to see which looks best on you it may just need that little tilt to have it sit just so and look amazing on you.

5. Please, Please, Please match your hats to your clothing!! Do not come out looking like the circus just hit your head.  A fedora should never be paired up with a sundress this is just simply wrong and sunhats should not be worn during the winter months it has not correlation to anything except that you are a newbie at wearing hats.

6. Choosing the right hat for the occasion, if you are going to the theater or a dinner party make sure you select the proper hat for the occasion.  Do not wear a sunhat or a large hat that sits high on your head for the theater it will obstruct the view of those sitting behind you and they will most likely not say anything but, you will be the talk in a negative manner instead of being talked about in a fabulous manner for a great hat.  Something small and tasteful will fit this occasion best.

Those where are tips for you in selecting the perfect hat, now we want to move onto a few etiquette points for you to take with you:

Hat Etiquette Tips to Remember:

1. Ladies- Hats are a fashion accessories and are apart of your ensembles so ladies you ARE NOT required to remove your hats when going indoors. Gentlemen- This isn’t the case for you and you should remove your hat promptly when coming indoors at any affair.

2. Ladies- Dinning out at a restaurant you may keep your hat on in the restaurant and while dinning at the table. Gentlemen- Please remove your hat never sit at the table with you hat on be it a fedora or a baseball cap because this is poor etiquette and just rude.

3. Ladies- Removal of your hat during the National Anthem, its not required if you have a fashionable hat on such as a Fascinator but if you have a baseball cap on you should remove your hat. Gentlemen- Again you will remove your hat so as to show respect and class.

4. Ladies- If you choose to remove your hat at any time that is just fine but, never place it on the table or on the floor. Gentlemen- Once you have removed your hat please never place it on the floor or the table, when seated it can rest on you knee or check your hat as you come in.

5. Ladies/Gentlemen- At work you must remove your hats, no matter what the style.

Now that we have armed you with great tips and etiquette pointers, we think you are ready to go out and start looking for your hat!!


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