I have been watching so many period dramas and movies recently, and I have been obsessing about the power of the hat.
My grandmother, whose hay day was in the fifties, would go to great lengths to ensure each outfit was perfectly co-ordinated, and her crowning glory would be the most important accessory to complete an outfit. In fact, she wouldn’t go out without a hat and matching handbag and shoes – especially when visiting the Capital.
I remember trying on a multitude of hats when playing dress-up in her bedroom, and loved every minute. Milliners were then in abundance and every department store boasted a vibrant hat department.
To endorse my debate, the word Milliner actually came from Milan, which still is the height of fashion, and this is why I am thrilled that hats are making a massive come back. You can’t beat them as a major styling accessory, and can even create an identity. But nowadays a Milliner is actually someone who designs and makes a hat, and there are some fabulous styles to choose from.
We have seen it with Meghan Markle who loves wearing a French style beret, and Jenifer Aniston recently was seen donning a Fedora.
If you want a more urban image, there has been a surge in the more masculine tweed ‘peaky blinders’ style beret but worn by women, and for Winter some gorgeous beanies to enhance your ‘cool’ whilst keeping warm.
Stunnning organic cable cashmere hat in natural white – Pure – £55
The ultimately cool BBCo Elan Beanie – £28 by wildbounds
Classic Fedora by Joules – in felt oxblood – £34.95
The 30s style Floral wool pleated cloche by Kelkoo – John Lewis – £28
Chic grey wool blend plain beret by Swoop at Topshop – £10
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