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Frivolous or Classic?

Frivolous or Classic? Which are you? Personally I like to think of myself as a bit on the frivolous side; if you are going to make a statement, make it!




However, I meet many people to whom wearing a hat is something that they believe will draw unnecessary attention to themselves and for those people I will try to find a low key statement to suit their personality.


A hat can make an ordinary outfit look extraordinary and extremely smart. Hats are a statement and all about etiquette.

At the opposite end of the scale I once spent two hours with a lovely lady who wanted to choose her outrageous hat first and afterwards she would go shopping for her outfit - it was all about the hat - remember Andi McDowell in Four Weddings and a Funeral? And yes, I do have a large number of hats that would compare and I’m very proud of these.

The wearing of frivolous hats began in the early 20th Century, but the origins of outrageous hats began in the 1960’s with Gertrude Shilling who wore flamboyant creations to promote her son David’s millinery business. Thanks to Gertrude the wearing of gimmicky and eye catching hats became a tabloid newspaper tradition. This was her silk printed dress and hat for Ascot worn on 15th June 1971!


I’m always super excited to choose new hats for the seasons ahead and never manage to quite reign myself in! I always base my choices on the experience I have had meeting ladies over the last few years, the hesitant, the ones who want to hide in their hat and don’t like their photograph taken and the blow it - lets go right over the top! Which one are you?


A hat can make an ordinary outfit look extraordinary and extremely smart. Hats are a statement and all about etiquette. Whether your choice is conservative or extrovert, The Hattery can help you find the right one! Book your appointment today.

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