Fall obsession? Hats!

I’ve just started a series of facial peels, in my unending search for my favorite skin care procedures and beauty rituals, and this has had an impact on my boudoir as well. I need hats! I’ve been slowly buying more to supplement my collection and to best protect my skin from the sun.

It’s hard to find a good hat. Not including the 10,000 knitted hats I own (that I’ve made but provide warmth and no shade) I began my millinery collection with only one hat, a Liz Claiborne summer straw hat that my husband bought me years and years ago, it engulfs my head and on occasion looks very silly, but provides great shade (especially when fishing). So last year I nabbed a black lace Schiaperelli that I bought more for the label than the look, I admit. Shade yes, but kinda silly on me. Add a leopard ladies’ tea hat (no shade), and a gray & white wool newsboy cap (decent shade), and that was it for my hat collection.

With the facial peels in progress, I have been religious about keeping my face out of the sun for the past month. And so, I started up with more hats. Found a vintage brown wool herringbone-patterned newsboy (decent shade), and just yesterday I grabbed the cutest gray and black bonnet from Target. So cute, and works in every season! I wore it out of the store, I loved it so much. My next favorite design is the 1920s flapper cloche hat, which j’adore but they provide no shade. Just a lotta look. Perhaps I should seek out a small hat with an attached veil? Certainly would provide a little sun protection, but in reality? Can you see me going to the grocery wearing a hat with a veil?

It’s interesting how many hat designs are taken from men’s fashion, such as the conductor’s cap, the newsboy cap, and of course, the fedora. I keep trying on fedoras because I want them to work, it’s a huge look right now thanks to Britney Spears, but on me I look like a BananaRama reject from the 80s. Not cute. The oversized knit Rasta cap looks pretty dumb on me too, that I can say.

Hats to try soon include the straw boater hat that Coco made so famous, nearly 100 years ago. Is there a hat type that works for absolutely everyone, and also provides decent shade?

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