We love that kids have no inhibitions about dressing for the occasion. We have four little ones in our Limelight family so every day is an adventure – the mere suggestion of popping out into the garden to feed the birds results in a rush to the long row of coats and hats hanging in the hall to find the appropriate garments.
A hat is the perfect finishing touch to any outfit for any occasion.
A hat can be functional, formal or fun!
“A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armour and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat.” – Martha Sliter
The Easter Bonnet
With Spring in the air and Easter just around the corner, we are all sorting out our wardrobes and choosing outfits in brighter colours for the new season. Traditionally when lent finishes, fasting gives way to celebrating new life and the onset of Spring. The wearing of new clothes, including hats, represents this renewal.
Easter bonnets, however date from before Easter itself. The first bonnets were simply a circlet of fresh flowers symbolising the cycle of the seasons. Later hats were also adorned with pine cones, feathers, seashells ribbon and paper flowers.
The Sunday of Joy following the ending of the Civil War allowed mothers and daughters to come out of mourning clothes and wear bright colours again.
The famous Easter Parade in New York began in the 1870’s and here hats really came into their own as ladies paraded proudly, showing of their new Spring clothing and lavishly adorned Easter bonnets.
Our kids absolutely love making and wearing hats for Easter – long live the tradition!
This year, at Limelight, we have sold more hats for mothers of the bride and groom and for the races than ever before. Our clients are telling us they want statement hats and Max & Ellie are producing just that. Hats, fascinators, discs, hatinators and pill boxes (sooo Jackie O) are now arriving by the boxful in all the new Spring colours – we love flo green and mulberry.
Did You Know?
- Hat makers are called milliners because the best hat designs of the highest quality came from Milan.
- The saying mad as a hatter came about because the fumes from the mercury used in making felt hats were inhaled by the milliners and made them deranged.
- One for the boys …… a hat trick is so called because in cricket a hat was awarded to a bowler who dismissed three batsmen with three successive balls.
- To stop bar room brawls wrecking their property, saloon keeps would erect a boxing ring in the bar area. If customers wanted to fight they would throw their hat into the ring. A saying which is still used today for anyone wishing to enter a competition, race or politics.
- The saying to set your cap at someone means you fancy them. Long before the days of central heating, young women used to wear caps indoors to keep warm. If a lady was expecting a gentleman caller she liked, she would set her best cap on her head in the hope that he would notice her.
Which hat shape will suit my face?
Ladies Day at the races or a wedding day is the perfect occasion to look and feel your best by making a statement with what you wear. So what sort of hat SHOULD you wear? It’s all about proportion. If you are small, a large hat with a wide brim can be overpowering. Look for something smaller. If you are tall, look for styles with more width.
Round faces: create length in your face with a hat with a tall crown which will give you height. Look for medium to long brim fedoras, porkpies and trilby styles. Avoid anything low to the head and rounded which accentuates roundness.
Oval Faces: lucky you – pretty much any style will suit you – go for something fashion-forward and make a statement!
Oblong Faces: need a little width and a shorter crown to balance out the length of the face. A medium sized floppy, cloche, crusher, or bucket style works.
Square Faces: to soften the angles choose a curved silhouette. Floppys, cloches or bowler styles will help to round out your features.
Heart Shaped Faces: slim the forehead to make it appear more narrow with any brimmed style of medium length.
Max & Ellie at Limelight – hats to suit every face
Whatever the occasion…
…wear your hat…
and … a smile!