I met Karen at a Bible Study I've been attending.
We hit it off.
One day she tried on one of the hats I was wearing and I quickly realized that she had a HFP.
HFP= Hat Friendly Profile.
The two very minor downsides of owning a lot of hats are:
1. Not having enough time/places to wear them.
2. Not getting to see how they look on other people.
So I invited Karen to come over and try on some of my hats for fun.
I asked her if she would be willing to let me photograph my hats on her when she came over; she agreed.
I suggested wearing a simple solid color top...she chose a black tank top.
You tell me...what hat doesn't work with a simple black top?
Black slacks or a skirt, or another basic color combo works
with wearing a hat.
No fuss...no muss!
She's got a couple of kids in college/grad school.
And no, she didn't have her kids as a teen!
Funny how people say only the very young look good in hats.
She probably tried on thirty plus hats; only one decidedly didn't flatter her.
(A fact that earned her immediate HFP status!)
Isn't that turban cool???
We discussed Dolly Madison's turban preference, and the time periods when they were popular.
Making a well draped turban takes considerable skills.
No wonder the rich and famous were the ones to sport the look.
This is a more daring hat, by modern views.
Karen rocked the look without a single moment of hesitation.
I used a Frank Olive straw hat that had no trim and beaded it, added the vintage lace, then added fine black veiling under the brim.
We both agreed...black top, skirt, jeans and off you go to do your errands.
(I have worn this hat grocery shopping. The only downside was getting stopped in each aisle by people wanting to discuss my hat.)
This hat belonged originally to my "Belle of Memphis" grandmother, a society lady who probably had a lovely navy suit to match.
An Italian straw that I shaped and trimmed and never have worn as it is too small for my head.
I imagined only a very young girl, school age, could make it work.
We discussed what made a hat a fascinator vs. a "hat".
(Fascinators are one size fits all...hats have to fit one's head size, the same way shoes have to fit your feet size.)
One of the very first hats I ever made...back when I really didn't know what I was doing.
I made it to match a suit.
It is a blocked buckram shape covered with a silk, then trimmed.
With the exception of the turban and my grandmother's navy hat, each of the hats are ones that I personally made or trimmed.
Karen...she made them all look wonderful.