Once upon a time, no Easter outfit was complete without an Easter hat.
For many women, it was the star of the ensemble.
They’d start their quest as soon as spring clothes hit the stores, often finding the hat first, then tracking down clothes to match. Then they’d get dressed up and go to church and see what everyone else was wearing, enjoying the fashion show known as Easter Sunday.
It seems like a lifetime ago.
Literally so last century.
Today, the only people you’re likely to see dressed in Easter hats and finery in the United States are small children and Southern women. It’s a tradition that has sadly fallen by the wayside in recent decades, but one that still brings a smile to my face whenever I see a woman who takes the time to get “all decked out” in her Easter best.
If you’re thinking about your holiday ensemble and are considering wearing an Easter hat this year, here are some tips to keep in mind as you search for and wear that “perfect” hat.
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Easter Hats for Women
Formal hats can be outrageously expensive, but you have a couple of options:
1. Buy an inexpensive hat that matches your outfit:
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2. Buy a more expensive hat in a classic style that you can wear for multiple occasions, like Mother’s Day, a summer wedding, a premiere horse race, and the like:
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Other things to consider:
-The hat does not have to be the same color as your ensemble, but it should have some color or embellishment that matches or compliments your ensemble. It should always be in the same mood as your clothes.
-If your hat is elaborate, your clothes should be simple. If your clothes are elaborate, your hat should be simple. Don’t make different parts of your ensemble compete against each other for attention.
–Always store hats in hat boxes to keep them dust-free and in the correct shape. If your hat gets misshapen or damaged, take it to a milliner for repair.
Easter Hat Etiquette
So what are “the rules” for wearing Easter hats – or any hats, for that matter?
-Any embellishment on a woman’s hat will be on the right side of the hat band; men’s hats are embellished on the left side.
-In that same vein, if your hat is worn at an angle, it should lean to your right. To help remember this, think a woman is always right. 😉
-Wear fascinators forward on your head with the cap or brim hitting just above your right eyebrow. Do not wear them on the top of your head.
-Women’s fashion hats are kept on indoors for things like church services and while eating brunch at a restaurant. If the hat is utilitarian or worn for warmth – like a baseball cap or a stocking cap – it should be removed upon entering a building.
-Daytime hats should be removed at dusk because they are daywear. Evening hats may be worn with evening attire throughout the night.
-Large hats should be removed anytime they obstruct someone’s view, like at a wedding or at the theater. Hold it in your lap until the service or production is over.
Easter Hats: Bottom Line
So what’s the bottom line?
Easter hats aren’t just for children.
They can be fun and elegant for women too, so long as you follow these few simple rules. Match it to your ensemble, keep in on during services, and garner glances and comments wherever you go. You’ll wonder why women don’t wear hats more often!
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Diana Pemberton is an image consultant and author of Accessory Magic. Want to know how to wear hats, gloves, hosiery, and scarves plus dozens of other accessories? Then grab a copy of Accessory Magic.