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Spring fashion: Put a hat on it.

April 27, 2009
While in New York City a couple of weeks ago I decided to check out the Easter Parade on 5th Avenue. Hey, you don’t need to ask me twice to stroll along one of the most famous avenues in the world. There were plenty of people showing off their most fabulous Easter bonnets and the tourists came out in full-force with their paparazzi skills to snap photos of all the action. (Me included, of course.)
Fine Millinery

Fine Millinery

The two ladies in the above photo are part of the Milliners Guild. Their hats were incredible. Artistry at it’s finest. And their outfits and hairdos were top notch. If you are in the market for an original and fun hat, then you should definitely check out the websites of some of these artists.

As you know, I’m a fan of all things black and white so I was drawn to this head-topper. Even though his colour palette was simple, I thought this guy stood out and put together an intriguing ensemble.

Striped Perfection

Striped Perfection

And then there were those who thought the more the better. I know it was a parade and all, but I wonder if Project Runway Canada’s Brian Bailey would have told this guy to simplify his look.

Is it too much?

Is it too much?

So all this bonnet business got me thinking, Should fancy hats be strictly for Easter parades? I think not.

Perhaps the finest wearer of hats is the Queen of England who is rarely photographed without one that matches her outfit.

Queen of hats.

Queen of hats.

Here, Sarah Jessica Parker goes green at the world premier of Sex and the City while Paris Hilton looks angelic in white at the launch of her fragrance. They are both excellent examples of the fascinator hats that are becoming increasingly trendy.

Hats get the celebrity stamp of approval.
Hats get the celebrity stamp of approval.

How’s this for a quirky hat? Would you wear it on your next cruise?

Mini boater hat: Chapeau Claudette, $48

Mini boater hat: Chapeau Claudette, $48

Or, if you’d rather not call on your inner-Queen Elizabeth, perhaps your head would appreciate a slightly less theatrical hat, more suited to daytime and everyday dressing. The popularity of the fedora, for example, continues to stay strong with varieties popping up in a multitude of fabrics and patterns. A look suitable for men and women alike.

Zac Efron in a straw fedora

Zac Efron in a straw fedora.

Victoria Beckham in a grey fedora

Victoria Beckham tries a neutral fedora.

Then there’s the newsboy cap, although it’s not restricted to newsboys. When was the last time you saw the man who delivers your morning paper sporting one of these?

Two-for-one: Brad Pitt and his mini me

Two-for-one: Brad Pitt and his mini me.

(If only our newspaper came with this kind of delivery duo.)

Victoria Beckham tries black on for size

Victoria Beckham tries black on for size.

The wooly knit and fur hats have made appearances on several famous heads this year but I’m not sure how one pulls these off in warm climates.

Katie Holmes will have one Suri and one wooly cap. To go.

Katie Holmes will have one Suri and one wooly cap. To go.

Orange fur at Michael Kors.

Orange fur at Michael Kors.

From fine millinery details to large Sesame-Street-ish fuzz, there are plenty of hats on the market to suit one’s fashion needs. So is it time for you to embrace the dreaded hat hair that comes along with these interesting head-toppers? I conclude that hats, fancy or otherwise, should be a year-round accessory. Who says we have to wait for the Easter Bunny’s arrival?


Au Courant Blog recently wrote an article about the opening of a new hat exhibition at The Victoria and Albert Museum in London. This fun article about the new exhibit at the V&A, called “Hats, an Anthology by Stephen Jones”, also features an interview about hats with Roisin Murphy. Read about it here.

Images of Queen Elizabeth, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Paris Hilton courtesy of

Chapeau Claudette at

Images of Victoria Beckham, Brad Pitt, and Zac Efron courtesy of

Image of Katie Holmes courtesy of
Image of Michael Kors hat courtesy of
All other photos by Jordana.
6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 27, 2009 12:20 pm

    I love this new hat trend! And I love the NYC street style pics! I think I’m going to have to finally buy a hat. I mean, yes, I do wear a fascinator from time to time, but a hat is a whole other thing. Of course, any trend championed by the Queen and SJP is a must.
    – Johanne

  2. ladylixa permalink
    April 28, 2009 3:38 pm

    hats make me VERY happy, hot or cold, summer or winter…happy happy happy!sweet post.x

  3. Jordana permalink
    April 28, 2009 7:37 pm

    Thanks for your comments. And I didn’t even mention all the lovely little hat boxes you can get to store all this head gear. Very fun addition to your closet or travel luggage!

  4. May 11, 2009 4:31 pm

    Thank you for your mention of the Milliners Guild. Those of us in NYC trying to convince the world to dash their fears and wear a hat thank you. Our customers, who wear hats in spite of their friends and family thank you.
    May I add that hats are not trendy. Although new generations have yet to adopt them automatically, former generations wore them de rigeur, and therefore, hats are style. The difference is, for me, one of the Milliners Guild, that style remains while trends come and go.
    Our site is:…..come one, come all………..come and see our stores, and our hats……… part of this wave of omigodineedahat!
    Ellen Christine

  5. Jordana permalink
    May 11, 2009 4:53 pm

    Ellen Christine,
    Thank you so much for your comment. I agree. Hats are style. The artists I checked out on create the most fabulous hats. Works of wearable, original art! So lovely. And yes, hats are definitely style!

  6. Charlotte Jensen permalink
    September 12, 2009 2:42 pm

    Hey Where Can I Buy That Fur hats of michael kors ? Online Shop ?
    Because I’am From Denmark
    If i can buy it in Denmark Where ?
    If I not can buy it in Denmark Are There I Online Web Shob ?
    Do That Hat Come To Denmark ?

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