Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hats Are Back In Fashion

People have covered their heads since time immemorial. Over the centuries head coverings became symbols of social status, authority and an art form. In fashion terms, the hat is the most noticeable fashion accessory anyone can wear.

At the turn of the 20th century both men and women were rarely seen out and about without a hat perched upon their head. By 1960 American men and women decided "en masse" to drop an item of apparel that for centuries had been considered a vital part of a wardrobe. Most likely, the demise of hats can be traced to changing hair styles and the ongoing trend towards more casual life styles. Yet hats are due for a full on resurgence with today’s star and celebrities paving the way. Over the past five years sales of hats and caps for both men and women has increased by more than 80 per cent. The sustained increase "led by baseball and sports caps” would suggest it's more than a “passing phase."

Hats are both functional and stylish. They can cover a bad hair day, keep your head warm, hide a receding hairline and shade your eyes from the sun. A cool hat can quickly become a signature piece and give you extra swagger like many rock stars and celebrities. The sporty flat and puffy news boy cap can be a stylish way to add interest to a casual outfit. When worn at a rather "jaunty angle" a sporty cap can give tired jeans and t-shirts a stylish touch.

The Fedora while once the go-to-lid for men in the 1930’s. Today both men and women seen sporting fedoras are considered trendsetters. For more formal occasions, the fedora is the answer though when paired with a blazer and jeans and tilted slightly forward a Fedora can add a sense of panache and sophistication.

In adopting the hat as your signature piece, you must also accept the responsibility of "hat etiquette." Often ignored, hat etiquette will show that your uniqueness extends not only to you choice of head wear, but to your manners as well. So  always remove your hat upon entering a restaurant or someone’s home. Touch the brim of your hat lightly when greeting a friend and raise it by the crown when meeting a female in public. Never put your hat on the bed as its bad luck, similar to opening an umbrella in the house. And unless you’re a catcher, baseball caps should be worn in the direction that your life is heading.

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