I'm really not the trend following type. Actually, let me come totally clean: it's not that I don't follow trends, it's that I'm really not fashionable in the least.
There, I said it.
I think I've gotten pretty decent at putting a room together, but I have not yet mastered that skill when it comes to my own outfits. So please take this post in that spirit. Either I'm going counter to my nature and embracing a big trend, OR I'm getting way into something that's not at all trendy, and therefore I'm underscoring my lack of fashion sense. Naturally, I don't know which it is. :-) But here goes anyway...
After watching the royal wedding all those weeks back, I decided that I. LOVE. HATS. Love them. Need to have them. Fedoras, fascinators, bring it all on.
These photos, from People.com, are some of my favorites from the royal wedding, though the first one, of some of the Spenser family women, is like the Real Housewives of Westminster Abbey.
Though Americans have not been embracing hats in recent decades, I think it's high time we brought them back. They're so fun and clever. And they show off the wearer's sense of self-confidence. (However, I'm not sure that I actually possess the fashion confidence to pull any of these off!) Of course, a few did go overboard...
Okay, so let's get practical. Those hats were worn mostly by the rich and famous at the royal wedding. Not quite appropriate to everyday wearing by regular folks. But, this is summer wedding season. I can't think of a better time to take a fashion risk.
Check out these more wearable versions from Tiaras and Fascinators on Etsy, mostly in the form of hair combs and headbands, ranging from low-key to extravagant:
Oh, to have the stones to wear that last one! Maybe one day. And don't want to order your headwear all the way from the UK? There are loads of choices on Etsy for fascinators made here in the States.
Want a more DIY approach? There are some great tutorials out there, like:
How to make a fascinator hat base, by Threads Magazine
How to make a floral feather fascinator, by the Spotlight Inspiration Room
How to make a steampunk/burlesque fascinator, by MarySew
Will I actually muster the guts to wear a fascinator in public? Only time will tell. But I did buy a sweet, beachy fedora at Marshall's last week, and I've been wearing that. Baby steps...
How about you? Are you liking hats any more these days? Not so much? Always liked 'em and scowling at us bandwagon hoppers? :-)
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