You don’t need an excuse to wear a beautiful hat. They’re terribly en vogue right now and the right hat can make you look confident, elegant and individual.
But if you’d like an excuse to wear a hat, here are a few: Easter on April 20, the Kentucky Derby on May 3, Mother’s Day on May 11 and, of course, any time spent outdoors under the sun.
“I think wearing a great hat is a good confidence booster,” said Marla Cook, milliner and owner of Ladies & Gentlemen Fine Millinery Shop in The Paseo District. Cook opened the shop in October. “If you want to stand out in a really good way, I think a hat is the way to do it.”
Cook’s shop stands out in a lovely way on Paseo Avenue. Her hand-painted window lends a quaintness that harkens back to the Paseo’s early years, when it was a hub for shopping, dining and entertainment.
Inside, the decor is refined and elegant, with Cook’s handmade hats displayed along with the many other hats from milliners across the country. All her hats and hat boxes are made in the U.S.
“I think they’re a nice statement piece,” said Lee Murphy, owner of Gretta Sloane, 6476 Avondale Drive. Many apparel designers are getting into the hat business, she said. In autumn, her shop will carry new hats from Rag & Bone.
She loves fedoras, for both men and women. For warm weather, a nice straw fedora in neutral colors is a great accent with many spring and summer ensembles.
For a day at the races, try a classic wide brim style with ostrich feather trim to block the sun’s hazardous rays. Get as colorful and bright with the trim as you dare. If you care for some recognition, enter the Derby Day Hat Contest at Remington Park on May 3. For information, go to Remingtonpark.com.
If an Easter hat is your preference, consider a lovely and lady-like cloche. Reminiscent of the stunning styles of TVs “Downton Abbey,” the cloche (or bell shape) hat is a classic choice that is guaranteed to up your elegance.
The hats of “Downton Abbey” and “The Great Gatsby” have influenced today’s styles, Cook and Murphy said.
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