HATS! The Neglected Fashion Accessory

I have always had an obsession with hats. Those of you that know me personally know that my own collection of hats is, well….tremendous, multifaceted, and yes….obsessive! I simply don’t feel dressed until I select the appropriate hat style, color, and fabric. I live in hats, except when protocol requires going hatless. High Mass, Weddings, and Funerals make that very short list. Otherwise etiquette be damned I’m living in my hats. 

When I think about the most beautiful women in history, particularly film stars we all love such as Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly, I invariably remember them in Hats. Here are a few of the best hat designers and their exquisite creations.  If you’re not wearing hats yet, I urge you to find your style. Once you find the silhouette that flatters your facial architecture, you’ll share my mantra that you’re never fully dressed without a Hat!  

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Vintage, 1950’s, Christian Dior, the Hat Steals the Scene!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

Carolina Herrera, Her luxurious interpretation of a Fedora. Oh those smoky eyes!

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

A hat fit for a Queen! Philip Treacy is a favorite of the Royal Family. This confection is beyond words.

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at  www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

Another work of art by Philip Treacy. Visit Philip at www.PhilipTreacy.co.uk

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

If this beautiful woman seems familiar, its with good reason, she is Lady Kitty Spencer, Diana’s niece wearing a Philip Treacy original design.

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at  www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Rachel Trevor Morgan. Discover her world of hats at www.RachelTrevorMorgan.com

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Eric Javits remains one of my favorite hat designers. His designs are classic and timeless, easily becoming family heirlooms that defy trends and time itself.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Ralph Lauren always conjures a story, a sense of drama that adds to the richness of life. Here a black and white stripe hat that captures and holds the eye.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

Perfect for your spring garden parties. This apple green straw hat is by Guy Morse-Brown.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.

I love ending with this dramatic red hat by Rachel Trevor Morgan, design star to Britain’s Royal Family.