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Photo booth shots of vintage hats for fall

Vintage photo booth shots were my inspiration for taking pictures of vintage hats for Fall 2016. So often in the past, women had these photos taken in hats, and I just love the images of proud ladies in their best.

Of course, then there are the silly images—Hat or no hat, this sartorially-splendid woman looks like she’d be fun to know! 

Here are some of my hat shots for fall, with one foot firmly in the vintage photo booth:



Please stop by and see all my vintage hats!

P.S. I am forever grateful to BeFunky for the photo filters that help me do creative things with my shots!



The best hat for you

It’s spring, so it seems like the perfect time to consider wearing a hat—whether for Easter or for some other occasion.

1939 French fashion magazine image, offered by


If you have hats and you love them and feel confident and beautiful in them, hooray! If you feel awkward and afraid you aren’t right for hats, keep reading. I say thehat just isn’t right for you .

Most every modern woman, at some point, has considered her face shape when choosing how to wear her hair. I’ll bet you know how your face compares to oval, round, square, diamond and heart shapes and how your hair interacts with that shape.

Women used to know these same things about hats. I have purchased collections of hats from the estates of women I never glimpsed, but I could tell you things about them, maybe even their height, coloring, face shape and style.

There are some basics.

If you are petite, a small hat will highlight your look without overwhelming you. Cloches, as well as the fitted hat styles of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s may work best. Also consider small pillbox hats from the 1950s and 60s. If you are more statuesque, the opposite can apply. Too small a hat might be lost on you, and you can balance your features with something on a larger scale. There are choices going back to the Edwardian era as well as wide brim cloches from c1930. Look for picture hats and outgoing shapes from the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

This face shape diagram (grabbed from

this Pinterest board

), seems to date from the early 1940s. Look at the way the face shape is enhanced or altered by the hair style and the hat.

That said, there are so many rules that are better off broken. Do you have wide-set eyes? The conventional wisdom would be to deemphasize the width at that point on your face. But if you love to emphasize this interesting feature, then let a line of your hat be at eye level. 

Eyes in general will be a strong focus with a hat veil or a tilted brim. Slightly hidden, any feature is more alluring, but especially the eyes. Does asymmetry or symmetry work best on your face? Hats can emphasize or deemphasize. Your whole face is in focus with a hat. Don’t be afraid, your hair is already doing this, so a hat just gives you even more options.

Consider a hat in a color to complement your own, and your wardrobe’s. 

Shape, size, angle, symmetry, era, color—does this seem like just too much? 

Don’t we paint miniature scenes on our fingernails in 2015? The effort is all a matter of perspective.

What we have going for us in 2015, hat-wise, is free rein. Many are wearing different eras of clothing and accessories with increasing knowledge and sophistication. Sometimes a vintage hat is part of a single-era costume, at other times it adds some playfulness to a modern style. Allow your taste to answer the question,

does this work?

It sometimes helps to get impressions from famous faces with varying hats. Era aside, which hat do you most like on each of these women? Why?

Brigitte Bardot

Ava Gardner

Marilyn Monroe

Audrey Hepburn

Jackie Kennedy

Gene Tierney

I know what you’re thinking...these women are all so beautiful they could wear anything and look sensational. But look at some “regular” women, would any of them look better without her hat? I don’t think so either.

My collage of photobooth shots

Want to try on some fantastic modern hats in all shapes, sizes and colors?

has a try-on feature where you can upload your own photo and see yourself in millinery by the likes of Gina Foster, Noel Stewart and Philip Treacy. Some look very vintage-y, while others are completely avant-garde It’s both a virtual delight and pretty darn educational about what works on you. I loved this one on myself. (Shall I tell you when my birthday is?)

It’s Spring—almost Easter—why not try on a hat?

P.S. If you are sure you can’t find a hat that works well on you, let me know. I will find you one that I believe is YOU.



Real women wear vintage hats

I asked on Facebook and Twitter if anyone had a photo of herself in a vintage hat that she would be willing to share. I knew women were wearing hats out there, but wow, look at these stylish women!

Real women wear vintage hats...very well. How about you and me? I’m putting one of mine on right now.
Image found on Galakospeculoos Tumblr


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My green hat collection

A few years back I was all prepared to sell this green hat at the same time I was selling the green suit. I took photos of it then got a huge lump in my throat...I loved the hat so much that I decided I couldn’t let it go. Because I know I have a vintage business to run, I don’t allow that to happen much, but in the case of this hat...

Then another green hat came along and the same thing happened. Maybe its my reddish hair and green eyes. Maybe I just like green. Now I have a small collection of green hats.

I can’t imagine anything more flattering than the right hat, whether it is for the shape with your face shape or the color with your coloring. We keep toying with the notion again, wearing decorated headbands and fascinators—which are great—but what about all those vintage hats? There are decades of hats out there and I believe it just takes finding a few that work for you and you will be hooked.

My green hat eye candy collection on Pinterest: How green was my hat

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September resolution: Wear hats

My September vintage resolution, as I wrote in January:
I have some beautiful vintage hats and I tend to wear them for special occasions if at all. Everyone tells me they love hats, but just can’t bring themselves to wear them. Maybe they need someone to lead the parade?
So here I am.



Letting vintage hats go to my head

My most recent Flickr set shows just a few of the Vintage Hats I had a chance to try on during the past several years. I have a big head* and I never thought I could wear hats, so imagine how happy I was to find out how many great hats don't have to fit down on your head! Now I can't possibly get enough!!

*brains, of course