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The Art of Wearing Hats: What to choose. Where to find. How to style.

The Art of Wearing Hats: What to choose. Where to find. How to style.

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The Art of Wearing Hats: What to choose. Where to find. How to style.

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44 minuti
Feb 11, 2016


The perfect and practical pocket guide to being a hat wearer for novices and aficionados alike, complete with tips on where to buy them, how to wear them, who wears them best and tricks of the trade (yes hat hair, we’re looking at you).

Hats have been a mainstay of fashion for centuries, but now they’re back with a bang – overtaking the accessories departments of Topshop et al and gracing the celebrated heads of Taylor Swift, Cara Delevigne, Johnny Depp and the like day in and day out. But which one should you wear? Which will suit you best, how should you wear them and when?

The Art of Wearing Hats answers all these questions and more. Broken down into chapters covering everyday, outdoor and special occasion hats, you’ll soon discover the full range to choose from, alongside who in the Googlable world you can turn to for styling tips, and fun facts about where each originated from.

Complete with illustrations and tips on how to grow your hat-wearing confidence, it might be an idea to start making room in your wardrobe.

Feb 11, 2016

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The Art of Wearing Hats - Helena Sheffield


A Brief History of Hats

3,300 BC – The earliest known version of a hat is preserved alongside its owner in the ice of a mountain on the border of Austria and Italy, proving that even in the Bronze Age people knew how to dress. Or just keep their heads warm.

3,200 BC – Tomb paintings depict Egyptian men wearing conical straw hats or headdresses.

AD 800 – St Clement, English patron saint of hat-makers, accidentally discovers felt. You could say that this occurrence ranks alongside similar accidental discoveries, such as penicillin and the Slinky.

1571 – An Act of Parliament is passed decreeing that people over the age of six must wear a hat on Sundays. Of course, this only applies to the ‘commoners’.

1597 – The above law is revoked for being far too ridiculous.

17th century – The term ‘milliner’ is first used to describe hatmakers. Milan is already considered a centre of fashion, so the term suggests that only ‘Milan-ers’ make hats.

18th century – The French Revolution makes hats unpopular in France (perhaps for the first and last time), as they’re seen to indicate social status. It’s deemed fashionable – and safer – to appear democratic, so hats drop out of use.

19th century – Women’s necks are considered too erotic for public display, so bonnets are fashioned with frills and ribbons at the back to cover them up.

1914–1918 – During the First World War fabric is scarce, so plumes of feathers and overly adorned hats are frowned upon for being unpatriotic. Hats become much smaller and simpler.

1920s – Women’s necks are apparently still considered erotic, as they’re all being shown off by shocking new hairstyles and hats that accentuate their length.

1939 –1945 – In complete contrast to the First World War, hats are one of the only items of clothing not affected by severe rationing. In France berets are adopted as a symbol of resistance against Nazi occupation, and explosions of feathers and flowers are admired rather than

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  • (4/5)
    I am not a hat wearer, but reading this informative book I can see the attraction.Watching old films and newsreels of the 30's,40's etc., it seemed that every woman wore a hat even just to go to the corner shop!Maybe this book will persuade ladies to take to the hat again -maybe I will also!