I am frequently asked about hat wearing, & in particular, which hats stand out to me from each decade & how to pair them with vintage/modern finds.
Well, my dears, here are my favorites from the 1920s-1970s.
Vilma Banky circa 1920s, sporting a cloche. Cloches can be worn with just about anything, & make your hair look so pretty (just a peek, that's all!) Think denim & sweaters, or simple dresses.
Greta Garbo circa 1930s, wearing a head scarf. Ladies, these are so easy to learn & look gorgeous/chic/effortless. You can use a newer scarf, but the vintage ones tend to have a romantic look from age.
Lana Turner circa 1940s, showing off a structured pom pom hat. I love this outfit exactly as it is (suit, hat, scarf) but these pretty 40s hats can be worn with cocktail dresses or more casual outfits as well (think high waist denim & sweet blouses). The 40s are my personal favorite for headwear. So architectural! So fabulous!
Marilyn Monroe circa 1950s, sporting a birdcage veil. This may be the most elusive hat to some of you. I am often asked how to wear it, & really it just depends on what you like. I adore the way Marilyn wears it back over her updo. You can also wear it partially over your face, or affixed to a chignon.
Brigitte Bardot circa 1960s, wearing a simple bow headband. This may be one of the easiest & sweetest looks to pull off. Wear it a bit farther back on the head, add height at the crown with back combing & you're all set.
Jane Birkin circa 1970s, donning a newsboy cap. Ah, I love everything about this photo. The menswear, the sneakers, the big grin. I would recommend channeling Jane here, but to dress it up perhaps add a wool skirt instead of pants, or a peter pan collar blouse under a more fitted sweater.
I have been a long time sponsor & reader of Fancy Fine & have thoroughly enjoyed seeing items from the shop make their way into Ashley's outfit posts. Her love for pretty vintage shows, she wears it so well! I highly recommend checking out her blog- you will not be disappointed!
I indulged a bit today & tried macarons from Sparkles Kitchen. I was sent four yummy flavors: rose, lavender, vanilla & coconut. They were all so delicious & wrapped up so sweetly, but I have to say that the lavender was my favorite-such a unique taste!
I felt so delightfully French eating these pastel treats & listening to Brigitte Bardot on my iPod :)
Being a lover of all things old, it's only natural that I have a collection or two. I was fortunate to find three identical pieces of the mint green/diamond blue tweed Samsonite luggage awhile back & have been searching around for the last pieces of the collection ever since. This morning eBay gave me a treat when the hat box was up for auction (just like the one in the photo above). One down! I'm still so upset I didn't snag one of the smaller sizes on Etsy that sold in '09. If any of you see another again I will amass you with hugs & pretty vintage!
I've got a little tip for your Monday to help preserve your current garments + any vintage that you own. Most of us have fallen victim to or have seen the tell-tale yellow underarms of a vintage dress or blouse. A huge disappointment! The yellowing is caused by antiperspirants, which, if not allowed to dry properly before putting on your clothes, will leave a yellow stain. Antiperspirants contain aluminum which will stick to the fabric trapping in oil, dirt, etc, causing the discoloration. I highly, highly recommend switching to a deodorant. Deodorants are more water soluble than antiperspirants & are aluminum-free. Tom's of Maine has a few excellent options. My favorite is the wild lavender, which has a sweet & subtle scent.
I promise, you will be thanking yourself over & over again!
I found this pattern today from The Way We We Wear on Etsy & am smitten. I can imagine so many ways to wear this blouse, & so more importantly so many fabrics I'd like to use in the construction. Wouldn't it be chic with a pair of high waist denim?