A hat used to be a vital part of men’s and women’s wardrobes. The choice was guided by specific rules. Today, we wear this fashion accessoryfor entirely different reasons, mainly for protectingfrom the cold or the sun, so the choice of the model has more to do with aesthetic factorthan strict norm. Thereare still rules,’s; to wear a hat before the sun goes down and to adjust the color and level of sophisticationappropriateto the occasion. So don’t forget that a sports capis only appropriate on the sports field or with sportswear, andthat an elegant hat is neverappropriate with sporty combinations. When underdressing, first take off the hat by holding it in the center; the only exception is a cylinder hat, which is the only one you can hold at the rim. The rules of hat-etiquettedifferfor men and women.
Men have more restrictions and have to mind taking the hat offbefore entering a room (with the exception of a synagogue and a hotel lobby) and when in the company of a woman. When a man passes a woman in the street, it is appropriateto tip it to say hello, and if a conversation begins, they have totake it off. The manmust always take the hat off in a car, even if he is alone. Women keep their hat on when greeting someone and in a closed space, they only take it off in a movie theatre or restaurant when they sit down. Petite hats are the only exception and women can keep these on even while dining. We all have to take off everyday knitted hats, when we enter a room (with the exception of a synagogue). Some special and formal occasions even require a woman to wear a hat. It has to be very sophisticated and elegant and we don’t take it off during the ceremony. Keep in mind: a hat is off-limitsduring weddingsin the afternoon; otherwise it’s allowed, if the mother of the bride wears it, and furthermore”en chapeau” has to be written on the invitation (but that’s very rare nowadays). At other events, check in advance, if the majority of women are wearing a hat, otherwise you risk overdressing or even looking inappropriate.
I like that a hat hides you, but still enables you to watch the world around you. Just like an umbrella, it provides some mystery and flirting, because you’re less exposed, but you can also be more noticeable, depending on the model. In the comingsummer, we’ll be able to wear all kinds of models, either to the beach to protect from the sun or for a stroll around town and every other occasion, when you want to stand out a bit. Just as hair accessories are embellished with flowers, beads, bows, and glitter, so are hats. There will be many styles that look like they could complement a wedding attire, but are actually meant to be worn with jeans or a jumpsuit to provide the right amount of style and eccentricity. Oversized hats with inscriptions are trendy, although they may be challenging in an everyday setting. They’re more like stage props: you’ll look gorgeous in the picture, but the smallest breeze will make the hat fly away like a seagull, because it’s hard to keep a brim that size in place.
The lovely and natural raffia is back, and it will play an important part in the summer. In this sense, you can style hats with bags, which are also made of raffia, wear a breezy white linen piece, and you’ll be perfect. When it comes to models, I have to point out that berets and baseball caps look sporty, even though I know many women like them. Always keep in mind that if you’re looking even for just a bit of elegance, a baseball cap is forbidden, because it simplydoesn’t suit an elegant outfit. You can try a turban, which can have a floral pattern, polka dots or stripes, and can havea bow and pleats, justto mention a few possibilities.
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