This Old Hat Makes a Comeback

Photo by Kira Ross

I love wearing hats. I have always loved wearing hats. I am the person who can’t pass through a department store without checking out the hats and accessories first. Always tempted to buy a new one, and I often do – especially cozy, winter hats. You can imagine my utter surprise when I found this one-of-a-kind hat, forgotten in the very back of my coat closet. This brown knit hat is at least 30 years old – I remember the moment I first found it at Loehmann’s – I knew it was too special to pass up.

But somewhere along the way I forgot about it. I traded it in for newer versions and more modern styles. It was gone so long that I never even knew how much I missed it! But I did miss it and now that I rediscovered it, I haven’t stopped wearing it. I was reminded again of a very important rule of fashion: before buying something new, shop your closet first.

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Hats are hot at The Kentucky Derby

A woman wears a hat in the paddock prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

A woman wears a hat in the paddock prior to the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 4, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. UPI/Kevin Dietsch

Tomorrow, Saturday May 3rd, marks the 140th anniversary of The Run For The RosesThe Kentucky Derby. I may not know the details, but I know one thing: women will be wearing hats, many colorful, some outrageous and all – unique. NBC’s Today Show featured Al Roker with guests and dynamic duo, NBC Sports team Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, donning festive hats themselves, and featuring a Kentucky Derby fashion show of hats by designer and owner of Christine A. Moore Millinery. Fascinators, hatinators, and ‘the-go-big-or-go-home’ styles all seem to have a place at The Kentucky Derby.

But, what is the story behind the hats? Forgive me; not just hats – Derby hats. Continue reading

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70s inspired

70s inspired black and white dressing - Photos: Alexandra Queripel

70s inspired black and white dressing – All photos by Alexandra

Black and white are meant for year-round dressing and are always clean, crisp fashion choices. These Rachel Zoe Jett Wide-Leg Tuxedo Pants were on my radar the minute I saw them; as luck would have it my patience paid off and the pants went on sale. With a bit of alteration in the length and the proper undergarments I am now wearing them. Today it was the farmer’s market. Tomorrow, who knows? Feeling inspired by Rachel Zoe herself, I added a black 70s-style wide-brimmed hat. It’s a good day!

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Kentucky Baby

Photo courtesy of: Robb Carr/Getty Images

Photo credit: Robb Carr/Getty Images

In the category of: In case you missed it, this fashionista-in-the-making wore her bonnet beautifully at Saturday’s Kentucky Derby. We are never too young to be stylish and fashion forward.

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Kentucky Woman

Rene Dailey, Wilmington NC at the 2013 Kentucky Derby  Photo Credit, David Goldman - AP Photos

Rene Dailey, from Wilmington NC,  at the 2013 Kentucky Derby                                                            Photo Credit: David Goldman – AP Photos

Kentucky woman she shines with her own kind of light – She’d look at you once and a day that’s all wrong looks all right – And I love her – God knows I love her – Kentucky Woman …”  song and lyrics by Neil Diamond

The Kentucky Derby is an American tradition and one of the few times that we collectively dress with pomp and circumstance. Splendid hats rule the day and we get to be like our British friends across the pond. This particular chapeau caught my eye!

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College Bound!

Beanies

Beanies

I’m off to college … not for me … for my son! I leave today to tour colleges with my 11th grader and I don’t mind telling you that I find the whole thing a little freaky! How is it possible, when I remember being in college as if it were yesterday? I guess time flies, though, because it really wasn’t yesterday, but actually, the late 70s/early 80s. Oh well …

My college friend Sarah tells me to be on the lookout for students – men and women – wearing beanies. According to Sarah it’s definitely a trend: a beanie, like the kind you can find at urban outfitters, is a slouchier version of the skullcap. I’m on the lookout …

Be back in a few days! Will miss you! Wish me luck!

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Hat head

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Having a bad hair day? Try a hat!

When you are out of sorts, you will do anything to feel normal again. Here is a tried-and-true fashion tip: When having a bad hair day, put on a hat! Hats are the solution for off days; chic and warm, they cover your hair without anyone knowing what lies underneath. It is a win-win!

This is the season for warm and woolly hats and there are so many styles from which to choose. During these last two crazy weeks when I didn’t have a moment to think, I opted for a hat. It worked every time!

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Wild horses

I am on vacation in my beloved Outer Banks of North Carolina, where beach and bay share the same slim, gorgeous peninsula. At the tip of the Outer Banks, you can still find wild horses roaming free. I will have to settle for my bronze friend. And my favorite cowgirl hat.

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In the pink

 

Me and my pink friends …

It is a beautiful day but my hair is not cooperating. What to do? Add a hat! Fortunately, I found one that fits my mood and the mood of the day. A few pink friends seem to agree … maybe a little too much.

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Spring bonnets

 

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Once I read a story about a butterfly in the subway, and today, I saw one. It got on at 42nd, and off at 59th, where, I assume it was going to Bloomingdale’s to buy a hat that will turn out to be a mistake – as almost all hats are.”   Kathleen Kelly, “You’ve Got Mail

Hats and Butterflies. Both are sure signs that spring is here. I have a thing for hats; I am always trying them on when I find myself in a department store or boutique, and I imagine myself wearing one. Suddenly, a powerful feeling comes over me that I need to have that particular hat; that my life will be more exciting when I wear that hat. However, too often I have bought hats that sit in my closet, never to be worn in the outside, real world.

The other day, I tried on a straw cowboy hat at Nordstrom. It was sitting there, lonely, just near the exit, waiting to be tried on. So I obliged …

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