Wednesday, September 8, 2010

G is for Gentlemen's Hat

Hello my Dear Readers! I hope you are having an absolutely FABULOUS week so far! Today I am sharing another excerpt from the book The One Hundred by Nina Garcia..."A Guide To The Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own." It shares the A-Z staples each woman should have in her wardrobe, and today we are continuing on with the letter G. :)

G is for Gentlemen's Hat:

Ms. Garcia writes:

"WALKING into a room with a man's hat on is much like walking into a room with sunglasses--it will attract and deflect attention at the same time. It will most definitely get you noticed, but you will be able to hide beneath it as well. Every woman should have a gentlemen's hat that she feels comfortable with. There are few things sexier than a woman who just threw one on and walked out to greet the world.

Types To Choose From:

*The Fedora: A felt hat creased lengthwise down the crown and pinched on both sides. The fedora is often associated with gangsters and detectives, and though it has found its way to high-fashion heads, it still carries the illusion of menace and mystery. So wear it with attitude. Lots of attitude. 
Famous Fans: Greta Garbo, Madonna, Keira Knightley, Frank Sinatra, Al Capone 

*Trilby: Similar to the fedora, but with a narrower brim. The trilby has always been popular among jazz and soul musicians. It has recently gained a following among the indie and emo kids in the UK. 
Famous Fans: Agyness Deyn, Justin Timberlake, Victoria Beckham

*The Panama: It is made of plaited toquilla straw and usually has a broad brim and a dented crown. It is light as a feather  and has the great advantage of not losing its shape after you roll it up, which makes it perfect for traveling. In an early twentieth-century movie, if it was summertime and the actor was meant to look elegant, you can be sure that the costume director put him in a Panama hat.
Famous Fans: Bob Dylan, Clark Gable

Fashion 101: What's In A Name...

Fedora: Though the fedora is often associated with men, it gets its name from the female character who wore the hat in an 1880s play, Fedora.

Trilby: This hat's name also derives from a play, based on the 1894 novel Trilby. A hat of this style was worn in the play in the first London production and the name stuck. 

Panama: The Panama hat is made in Ecuador, but when the Panama Canal was built, thousands of hats were imported from Ecuador for the construction workers to wear. In 1904, U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt returned from an official visit to the canal wearing one of the hats, and they were forever after known as Panama hats. 

THE HAT TRICK: Commit to it. If you don't wear it with confidence, it takes away all the cachet."

"Cock your hat--angles are attitudes."
-- Frank Sinatra --

(All information above is from the book)

All the ladies who love to wear hats have quite a selection of retailers to choose from these days when searching for a new one to add to their collection:

The Fedora:

The Trilby:

The Panama Hat:
Urban Outfitters

How do you feel about wearing a Gentlemen's hat? Do you own one that you wear often? Are you looking for one? If you don't normally wear one, are you willing to give the look a try? Please do share! :)

*If you happened to miss the post about the Talbots contest that ends on 9.15.10 , you can see it here.

Have a beautiful day! :)


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