Hats, Hats, Hats! (and Hat Etiquette)

Oh deary darling me, aren’t hats simply lovely?
They’re eye-catching, elegant, alluring and oh so feminine.

Of course we have the lovely princess Kate Middleton to thank for bringing hats back onto the fashion radars of youths, but people like Dita von Teese and other lovers of pinup have been fans of vintage millinery for many years.

And I must agree – there’s something utterly charming about a lady in gloves and a hat. As you can tell from my opinions on my ideal silhouette and thoughts on gloves, I’m increasingly trending towards a modernised version of Victorian fashion tied in with some of the vintage vogue elements of the 1950’s.

Personally I prefer polite perch hats myself, so most of my collection are vintage church and cocktail hats, with a few wide brimmed floppy sunhats and fedoras. (That I always forget to wear my sunnies with. Actually, I always tend to forget my sunnies. Tragedy.)

Since I love good value, I get most of my hats from ebay by searching for ‘Vintage Hat Lots’ – these are lots of two or more hats that are sold together. I look for the hats that are in the style I like, and evaluate whether the lot is worth buying. If it it then I either place a bid or go ahead and ‘buy it now’ from the seller.
I won’t find a great lot every time, and I won’t always win my bids, but I have managed to get a few great hats in this way and expect I shall find more in the future.

Hat etiquette is fairly simple, and here’s what Emily Post (the UK version of Debretts) has to say on the matter :

Women – Fashion hats can be left on…

  • In someone’s home
  • At luncheons, weddings, garden parties
  • At religious services
  • At a movie or any indoor performance
  • When the national anthem is played
  • When the flag of the United States passes by, as in a parade.

Women — Take your fashion hat off…

  • Anytime it blocks someone’s view, such as at a wedding or in a theater
  • Indoors at work.

And according to my Dearest Beloved‘s darling grandmother (who is teaching me many of the fine details of manners required to fulfill the role of being a polite Lady) hats should be worn in the daytime only and not after dark.

Well, I’m off to ebay for some hat shopping now. Wish me luck!

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Fabulously eccentric TV host, curvaceous model and founder of Hong Kong ’s first luxury corset brand, Pearls & Arsenic. I love sharing my passion for all things elegantly old world and live with my Dearest Beloved and a fluffy Angora rabbit named Lord Pemberly III, who is a ridiculous snob.
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