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The Cocktail Hat – What is it Exactly?

cocktailhatFor those of you who do not know what a cocktail hat is – it’s a small brimless dress hat that is worn simply for style since this hat does not provide Hair Coverage at all. The base of the hat can be found in a few variations such as a tear drop shape which allows it to sit comfortably on ones head or a flat base. They usually have flowers, feathers and such other designs and embellishments which makes it dressy and fashionable. In addition, some come with a net hanging over which droops down over ones face to provide an extra special look.

How did the Cocktail Hat come about?

In the 1930’s women took great interest in wearing daytime hats. However, these weekday hats did not suit their needs when they were looking to go to fancy affairs such as cocktail parties, tea dances, etc. Therefore, the designers of the time came out with the cocktail hat which is more appropriate for dress of higher class. Today, Cocktail Hats are worn by women all over, especially by Royalty. It makes a great fascinator and hair accessory for a Wig and Hair on a special occasion. Cocktail hats can be found in white worn by a bride as well as in all different colors for any special occasion. Some have tall embellishments for those looking to provide height and some are small and flat.

So if you’re looking for an extra little something to dress up your outfit you know exactly what you need! Just remember, if you are looking for a Dress Hat to provide head coverage you should try and stick to a cloche or other kind of Hat.

Head Coverings and Hair Accessories – Keep COOL on a HOT Summer Outing!

Baby with sun hat

Make sure you and your kids are fully protected by the sun.

Thinking of doing some awesome sports this summer such as hiking and biking? Plan ahead and make sure to take along head coverings and accessories to ensure you and your kids will be as comfortable as possible. Of course, when purchasing head covers and hair accessories for outdoor sports there are lots of things to look out for. Below is a guide and more information you’ll need to know before getting the perfect hair accessories for your trip.

–          When spending time in the sun it is very important to make sure that your face and your children’s faces are fully protected by the sun. Look for a lightweight head covering with a visor such as a Sun Cap, Pre-tied head scarf with a visor or simply a Sun Visor that has a Velcro in the back of your head and keep safe at all times.

–          Do you have any sort of front bang? Having hair in your face on a hot summer day can be really uncomfortable and make you feel really hot so you definitely don’t want to forget some bobby pins. Bobby pins are one of the most ideal ways to keep your bangs up when they are in your face. In addition, another great option is a head band or soft wide head wrap. These hair accessories will definitely keep you cool and stylish on your outings

–          Being outdoors, especially when the sun is strong, makes you feel really hot and uncomfortable? Opt for keeping your hair up with strong and durable pony holders. Looking for something funky and summery? Try wearing a Scrunchie pony holder which will keep you cool and prevent pony marks

–          Prefer wearing your hair down? Keep a Jaw clip in your back pocket for emergencies. A jaw clip will allow you to leave your hair down yet still have some hair up which will keep less hair off your neck and keep you cool.

–          We all know how knotty hair can get when doing summer sports. Don’t forget your pocket brush with a mirror so you can keep on making sure you look great anytime and anywhere!

Once you have your hair accessories and head covers packed and ready for your trip you are good to go! So have fun, keep cool and look good this summer no matter where you are and what it is you are doing!

All The Information You Need To Know About Winter 2014 Styles and Trends!

Hot winter hair accessories and head coverings styles this season!Now that winter has started showing its face, just thought you could use some heads up on stylish winter hair accessories and head coverings this season. For all you fashion lovers and those who keep up with the styles, before you get rid of your fall collection – you may want to know that lots of the Fall styles are actually still in! So take a deep breath, relax and take a look at Winter 2014’s fashion trends.
When winter comes in, we automatically start looking at warmer wintry fabrics. It’s time to switch the cotton slouchy beret for an angora hat, your chiffon head wrap for an elegant velvet, and  your belgium knit snood for a cozy chenille snood! Even hair bows on your little girl look so much more wintery in fur or leather.
As far as colors, this winter we are still seeing the dark yet colorful autumn colors with the addition to some more colors in the same tone such as eggplant, taupe, etc. Don’t forget to wear these colors in shiny leather to really have the effect you’re looking for.
There are lots of hot prints this season. From funky to classy and everywhere in between, you are sure to find one that suits you best! In addition to plaid still being in this season, check is one of the hottest prints right now. Wear check handbags or scarves to stand out in a bold way and make a statement. Check and plaid can be worn in a funky way with lots of different colors as well as in a bold a classy way in black and white. For a classy look, you can choose between houndstooth which is rapidly making it as one of the hottest prints or winter florals. Try wearing a houndstooth pre-tied bandana or an israeli tichel headscarf with a wintery floral pattern to finish off your outfit. The Camouflage print can be worn in any way you want! In pastel colors, rusty colors or army colors try wearing a camo cap and make heads turn! Of course, for those still getting used to the animal prints form the fall, they are still in and going strong – so hands up for all you leopard print lovers!
Most of all, make sure to stay warm in these cold winter days and to make sure that you think wisely when purchasing winter hats. Sticking to angora and fur and anything thick and soft is probably your best bet since they are really warm and comfortable. Of course however, why not be warm with style! So with no time to waste, start shopping and find head coverings that are both stylish and comfortable!

Around the World in a Hat: Part 1

Hats are great. They’re stylish, they’re fun, and  all in all make great head coverings.
But did you know that they also form an essential part of national ID around the world. Take a look around the world and what you’ll see is a dizzying array of Hats and Caps in all of the colors of the rainbow! So in the spirit of the summer travel season lets start a world -wide hat tour.We’ll start our tour in Europe.

The Borsalino Hat

The Borsalino Hat

Italy– Well Italy gave us hats you could say. The word Millinery is similar to Milan for good reason, it was coined as the term used to refer to hats coming from Milan,Italy the location of the worlds best hat makers  in the 18th century. No stop in Italy would be complete without a visit to Alessendria, the place in Italy that hosts the Borsalino factory makers of the famous Borsalino felt hats which are made from belgian rabbit fur.

The British Police Bobby Helmet

The British Police Bobby Helmet

England– Come on, any world wide tour of Hats has to have a stop in Britian to see the Helmet worn by the British Bobbies (policemen) when they are on patrol and while we’re in Great Britian, lets take a look at the Beerskin a tall furry hat worn by the Guards that are in charge of guarding the Queen in Buckingham palace.

The Glengarry Hat

The Glengarry Hat

Scotland– Crossing into Scotland where we’ll see a hat with a poetic name that does the people of this fair country justice, the Glengarry. Its shaped like a boat, without a peak, made from a thick woolen material, has a rosette cockade on the left and ribbons hanging down. It is normally worn as part of the dress of the Scottish Military.

The Cordobes Hat

The Cordobes Hat

Spain Its not to far from England but Spain has a hat that it gave us too! The Cordobes are a flat brimmed hat with a flat top that originated in Cordoba Spain. Do you want to know how it looks? Well if you know anything about the Mask of Zorro you’ll recognize it, the hero has one as part of his costume.

Iceland Tail Cap

Iceland Tail Cap

Iceland– It’s a tiny country to be sure but Iceland has a cap that’s part of the traditional national costume, its the Icelandic tail-cap.

By Ben Levi

The Cowboy Hat: You Don’t Have To Be a Cowboy To Wear It!

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys, the cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat today is definitely a fashionable and trendy hat.

The cowboy hat as we know it goes back to the 1860’s. Before John B. Stetson invented it cowboys wore many different types of head gear. There was no specific hat or “uniform” so it would be common to see a cowboy wearing sailor hats, war gear, caps, tall hats and many others.

Thankfully, Stetson came along and created what we no know as the cowboy hat. It was truly a great invention since most people look good in them, not only cowboys. For many, cowboy hats are  great for the summer. People love wearing straw cowboy hats in the summer to block the sun from their face since it’s not just any other cap; it really looks cool. A cowboy hat adds a lot to an outfit and believe it or not, when you’re wearing one, you get the spirit of a cowboy!

Suddenly you feel like you can do anything! Sort of like the Lone Ranger.

Some wear them when going horseback riding or simply when working in the garden. It also makes a great hat to dress up a lovely summer outfit and makes you feel taller and stronger!

Just like any other type, different cowboy hats are made of different materials. The most expensive and high quality ones are made from real felt, which is animal fur. A typical felt used in the cowboy hat is that of a beaver, a muskrat or a rabbit. However, it is very common to see a one made from a mixture of beaver, muskrat fur and rabbit fur. Another fabric or material used is straw, which is what we are mostly familiar with today. (Nowadays however, many straw hats are actually made from the pulp of a tree just like paper so often, cowboy hats and other straw hats will have 100% paper listed as the content.) These are definitely more affordable, comfortable, lightweight and stylish! They are worn by cowboys and many other men, women and children around the world.

There are many different styles and looks for a cowboy hat but the most common is simply a wide brimmed hat with a medium sized crown. In addition there is a prominent pinch at the front of the crown to give it that country look and cowboy twist.

Although the cowboy hat started out as a uniform and hat exclusively for cowboys,  today it definitely is a fashionable and trendy style option. Put it together with a pair of cowboy boots and your good to go! So when packing for your summer vacation up in the mountains, a camping trip or any other summer getaway don’t forget your cowboy hat to add to the spirit! If you don’t own a cowboy hat or are just a little too feminine for them definitely go for a beach or straw sun hat which will do just the trick and look really good!

The Merry Widow Hat

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This was a women head covering that really did cover

A funny name for a hat  isn’t it?

Well, for a brief period of time in around 1907, the most popular and stylish thing in the fashion world was the Merry Widow hat.

Some explanation is in order.

From the Beginning of the 1900’s, Women’s Hats grew in variety and became quite interesting. As styles began to change and women’s dresses became sleeker and closer fitting, hats began to get larger and larger, both in width and height.

In the year 1907, a play was produced in London by the name of The Merry Widow, and Lady Duff Gordon created a hat for “Sonia” the leading lady. The hat created is known for posterity as the “Merry Widow Hat”. This was one women’s head covering that really did cover.

This hat was an incredible 3 feet wide and 18 inches tall with plenty of feathers and ribbons to boot. Quickly they became all the rage and women rushed to buy them.

Sadly however, the style was short lived. London Theater goers complained that the hats were too big and obstructing their view, so theaters banned them contributing to their short shelf-life, so by the end of WW1 the Merry Widow hat was all but extinct.

However, they did leave us a great name!

The Hat Museum

SG: Beach Hat with Flower

The largest selection of hats in the world at The Hat Museum

Well you love wearing a Hat and your wardrobe contains all sorts of hats. Wide brimmed straw hats for sunny days, a warm cloche to keep warm in the winter, and even a Fedora for a touch of style. But you wonder where you could find out some more information about hats.

 Where can you find out a whole lot more about hats? Their History? The different types of womens Hats? In short all about them.

Well it so happens that in the USA there is a great place tofind out all about hats and it’s appropriately called

 Hat museum. Where is it? Well in Portland, Oregon there’s a neighborhood called

Ladd’s Addition. This neighborhood was developed by a buisnessman by the name of William S. Ladd. The actual construction was roughly between the years of 1905 and 1930. Ladds’s Addition has a bunch of interesting things. Amongst them are four parks situated at the four points of the compass and the the largest stand of elms in Portland. Most interesting is the fact that this neighborhood boasts of 122 houses that are considered of Primary Historical Significance. Yup 122 of them. One of these is the Ladd-Reingold House which is the current of the Hat Museam. The name Reingold is after Miss. Rebecca Reingold who was a milliner in Russia and moved into the house in the early 1900’s. The house’s current owner is Alyce Cornyn-Selby who beleive it or not is actually a Hat Lover herself! The Museam claims to have over 1000 different hats in stock including a Straw London Top Hat, a Thanksgiving table hat that sings and more hats from around the world. The Museam bills itself as one of Portlands “quirkiest attractions”. So if you’re in Portland stop by, check it out and tell us if it’s really true that they have more types of womens hats then we sell on Myheadcoverings.com.(sources include reelscout, the Hat Museam website, Rose City Roamers)

 By B.Levi