Where does all the fuss about fancy hats come from?
We hear it all started with England’s Queen Anne and the opening of the Royal Ascot to the general public in 1711. Ladies and gentlemen were required to wear hats in the presence of the Queen, and so it began. Thank you, Queen Anne!
Who has the most influence in terms of setting hat trends?
Admittedly, the Royal Family’s style and charisma injects a lot of excitement into the world of hats. But the thousands of women of the Red Hat Society lead the way in Red Hat fashion. Young women attracted to our style, crave their own fun, creative hats to wear and not just borrow their mom's for a special occasion. These young women of the Society don hats in shades of PINK until they are old enough to wear the trademark RED.
What makes a good hat?
Finishing touches are important. Fun, flirty or themed decorations are fabulous. At Red Hat Society Funventions, the Florida USA gals have been known to add flamingos to their hats and the gals from Texas USA proudly wore red and pink Stetsons (complete with rhinestones, of course)! What's really important is that the hat fits you properly and enhances your character. Had she met us, Queen Anne, might have been astounded at our flare but she would most likely have agreed that right hat should make you stand tall and proud.
What’s the best way to ensure your hat matches your outfit, or is the right size?
Try on a potential new hat with the outfit that you plan to wear. It's not just color matching that's important, but also the texture of the fabric. A soft, swirly dress may want a softer hat, while a more tailored outfit would go better with a more structured hat. Size really depends on the person. Often a woman thinks that she needs to be tall in order to wear a big hat, but that's not necessarily true. Use a full length mirror to judge. The key is balance.
How does hair length affect what hat you should wear?
If you have long hair, tie it back. Young women with lovely hair can pull off the loose-hair look, but in general, tied back is best. Short hair is no problem; think about all the hats worn during the 1920s, when most women wore their hair short.
What’s the most important thing women should remember when they’re shopping for a hat?
Don't be afraid to wear one. Even if you think you don’t have a “hat face,” the right hat will not only work for you, but will make you look and feel great.
If you are ready to try a HAT, make it RED or PINK! Join the fun, there’s only one; Red Hat Society.
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