In the history of fashion, hats have always played a significant role. Some hats told the story of one's social status, while others were a way of portraying culture. But ever since the mid 1950's, hats have been on a rapid decline. Whether we have the Kennedy family or modern transportation to blame, we can say with certainty that the age of everyday hats is gone. Nowadays when you see someone wearing a hat, it's probably for a more practical reason like staying warm or for a special cultural reason. Hats are simply not as common as they used to be.
But why am I talking about hats to much? Because hats are great and should come back! In modern times, a hat can transport any outfit to a whole new level. A hat is a way of expressing just how social you want to be that day. A hat can frame the face in a new flattering way. Most of all, a hat can hide a bad hair day like it's nothing (and I have a lot of those!). Hats as we know them, are a first impression of our inner selves. Going into the new year, I've decided to direct my style toward a life I want to lead. I'm going to dress more like me. I'm turning 24 this year and I don't want to look back on my twenties thinking, "gosh, I wish I had more fun," because sometimes the difference between the pumps and the sneakers is the difference between meeting your future life partner and a night of adventure with your besties. Honestly!
I think it's important for every twenty-something to stop and re-evaluate his or her personal style from time to time. Honestly, what's the use of having a closet full of clothes you have no place to wear (goodbye, cutout leggings!)? And why would you ever wear something that didn't reflect your current being? And so I'm deciding to wear more hats. I love them, they make me feel great, and maybe if I wear them enough, I'll inspire others to do the same. In the photos below I'm rocking a beautiful handmade blue beret with an embroidered red flower by Jedrzejko, made from 100% wool by a team of folk-loving Polish folks with some serious talent. I first discovered Jedrzejko in 2013, when I ordered two plain berets at a surprising $11 each. Every time I wore the red one (#26 "Red" - available on Etsy!) I got compliments and strangers asking where I'd gotten it. Now, nearly three years later, I'm excited to share with you my secret "hat dealers," whose collection of folk-inspired products is awe-inspiring.