Hat delight

hut 1When I saw the footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to the Republic of Ireland, my first thought was not about what a historic date this was, and now wonderful the two countries can take another step towards reconciliation and forgiveness, but … wow, what a hat! My next thought was, I want a hat like that! And my next, I want occasions to wear a hat like this!

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want to be a princess, less a queen. I just wish I lived in a society where wearing a really smart hat would not mark you as weird, but as excellently well-dressed. I don’t even insist on a color scheme as daring as the one the Queen wore. Ordinary hats would be fine with me. And I’d also like really good hat shops to buy them in, of course.

My face suits most hats. As fashion now stands, I wear woolly caps in winter and fun straw or linen sun hats in summer. Don’t get me wrong: I love them. My mother-in-law gave me a voucher for the best department store in Munich this year (Beck), and I spent it all on a lovely Italian hat. One like this (the colors are different – mine is more blue-greyish with a pale beige flower – but the design is the same):

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Here in Germany ladies don’t usually wear hats to weddings, and now that, following a colleague’s near-fatal bike accident, I have taken to always wearing a bike helmet, even the occasions for wearing a summer hat are getting thin on the ground. But I still love wearing them!

When do you wear hats? What’s your favorite kinds? And what do you think of Queen Elizabeth’s hats?

– Rike Horstmann

15 thoughts on “Hat delight

  1. Victoria S

    Rike, the hat pictured the queen is wearing is fabulous. Between the hats the queen is often shown wearing, and the hats on display at the royal wedding, makes me wish I had more hats. The only occasion I have to wear hats is to church. I belong to a traditional Baptist church, and some of the more mature ladies wear some fierce hats!! I never wore hats before, because I had too much hair and a rather large head. I have recently cut my hair and am thinking about getting into hats (even though my head is still the same size). I wear a little more casual attire to church than a hat is called for, but I have been contemplating looking for hats that are a bit less formal. I think hats, like shoes, are a fun fashion, and am looking forward to exploring this new (for me) option. Wish me luck!

  2. DabneyAAR

    I love hats and have lots. It’s hard for me to find ones big enough for my head, however. I just bought a fabulous fascinator in Boston from Galvinized Headware–check out her work! She’s amazing.


  3. DabneyAAR

    Now if I only had a place to wear my fascinator! I’m going to Europe with my husband this summer and plan to take it. I envision us eating at some glamorous place in St. Petersburg where my fascinator will fit right in. If I wore it here, out to dinner in North Carolina, I think I’d get some stares!

  4. LinnieGayl

    Wow! That site is amazing, Dabney. I love hats, but rarely find one that looks decent on me.

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