Friday, March 14, 2014

Treat Yourself to a Stunning Spring Bonnet ...You Deserve It!


There's something about yesterday's women that we're missing in our everyday fashion landscape -- a complete fashion look.

Sure, there are women who have jobs that call for more formal wear ... suits and dresses.  But with casual dress storming the boardrooms and cubicles, the shoulder-padded suits of the eighties have disappeared in favor of more separates and comfortable dresses.  

Our yesterday's women from the 1920s to the 1950s wore the complete look on pretty much a daily basis i.e., the hat, gloves, matching shoes and handbags. You've seen pictures of then shopping in a hat and gloves.  Do you remember Beaver's mom?  I'm not suggesting we go back to that.

 (Vintage Hats)

(Papillon Violet)
Today's millennium world is much too chaotic and we have less time to spend on that effort.  But for women, who have home offices or are work-at-home mothers, there are times we crave for more opportunities to look formal.  I live in yoga pants and sneakers in front of my computer, from Monday to Saturday.  Busy moms enjoy the same attire shuttling their kids to and from school and activities.   

Come Sunday morning, I'm excited about wearing heels, a hat, a dressy handbag and shoes.  And yes, I even bring out the pearls on occasion. 

(The Leader)

Don't criticize, then you won't be criticized, for others will treat you as you treat them.  Why worry about the spec in the eye of a brother, when you have a board in your own... Matthew 7

Miracles and Blessings, Kiki here with today's text-webiisode: Treat Yourself to a Stunning Spring Bonnet ...You Deserve It! 

Yes, hats are back.  And they have gradually gained momentum in popularity over the past decade.  You see more women, teens and tweens wearing fedoras, newsboy caps, cloches, bucket hats and wide-brimmed hats now than 20 years ago.  You even see the growing Millennials  (born in the 1980s and 1990s) sporting hats with casual wear, along with our emerging Z Generation youngsters. (Generation Z - born in 2000 to present)

(Girl in Straw Hat)

What a cute baby fascinator below.  In fact, all of our hats featured in this text-webisode cover all generations, dating back to the turn of 20th Century.  


Here are eight hat styles you'll love to add to your Spring accessories.  Find one to match your personality and style.

1. Not Too Formal, Not Too Casual 
from CaronlinaHatGirl on

My personal favorite, the cloche gives a nice saucy look to a spring dress or pant suit.  It also has that old Hollywood, roaring twenties style that's made a comeback in the New Millennium.

2. Kentucky Derby We Go!

(Boomerines - How Can You Go Outside 
Without a Hat)


It's not just for the Kentucky Derby.  This hat would look great at a luncheon, fashion show or afternoon tea.


3. Going to the Chapel - A Wedding Guest Dress Hat  
British women have the right idea.  They always attend weddings wearing stylish hats and fascinators that often outshine the bridesmaids.  But never the bride -- all eyes are always on her.  The gloves add just the right finishing touch.  
 (Black and White)

4. Praising in the Sanctuary Church Hats 
Of course, any of these hats could be worn in church and on Easter Sunday.  You can go small, or full wide brim.  Below are how two generations strut their individual fashion style at a Sunday service.


5. Spring Break Bound - The Fedora, A Spring Break Favorite


This straw fedora made Beauty Ten Hair Accessories to Pack on Spring Vacation. They suggest trying fun colors like brick red and turquoise, instead of the safe tan and black.


6. Ladies Just Wanna Fun Red Hat Society
From Wikipedia - The Red Hat Society is a social organization originally founded in 1998 in the United States for women age 50 and beyond, but now open to women of all ages. As of 2011, there were over 40,000 chapters in the United States and 30 other countries.

(Red Hat Society-Wikipedia)

Here are a few hats that will dress up casual wear and perk up your everyday routine.  These are also great to wear when you're having a bad hair day.

7.  Sisterhood of the Traveling Hat!  - Spring Knit Military Hat
All ages can enjoy this style.

(Spring Knit Military Hat -

8. Happy and Sassy Straw Sun Hat


(Clothes, Cameras and Coffee)

8a.  I sneaked in one more.  Here's an ode to the sixties.  A cute pill box hat, which was actually popular in the 1930s to 1950s.

Tell us about your spring hat purchases.  What style catches your eye?

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