✯ Day 90 of Vintage 365 ✯
Last year I was chatting with a dear vintage loving friend of mine and mentioned that if one was able to pick up a new (to them) vintage hat every season, by year's end you'd have expanded your headwear wardrobe considerably, and after a few year's you'd have - as the darling Brits would say - a right proper hat collection.
I'd hoped at the time that I'd be able to carry out that idea myself, but alas it didn't quite happen. Perhaps one day it will though, as I rather adore vintage hats (I wear the few I have all the time!) and there are quite a few good deals to be had on them (especially if you scour etsy). I woke up thinking about beautiful vintage chapeaus today for some reason - perhaps because, with this being the very last day of March, I'm hoping deeply that spring will finally (no more sudden snow flurries, Toronto, you hear me?! ;) ) decide to grace my city with its illustrious presence again.
There is a tremendous amount to be said in favour of wearing vintage hats. They can just as easily define an ensemble as they can subtly accent a star gown, breezy summer skirt, or a lux winter coat. They're available in nearly every shade imaginable, run the gamut from understatedly simple and refined to regal feather and flower adorned, museum-worthy works of art.
Though season after season I reach from my beloved, fail-proof navy blue and black vintage hats, I seem to constantly find myself "favouriting" a veritable rainbow of toppers on etsy, such as this enchantingly pretty, pale dusty pink number.
One might think that tulle and sequins atop a brim-less cloche would have the potential to be rather full-on, but in fact, the whisper soft colour palette makes this hat seem more like a graceful cherry blossom than a field of vibrant tulips. It's timeless shape, sweetly feminine touches, and nearly neutral hues make it a superb choice for a springtime hat.
The seller of this sophisticated vintage cloche pegs it to be a 1940s or 50s piece that was designed to look as though it hailed from the 20s. Though without seeing it in person, it can be tricky to accurately gage, part of me thinks it may be from the 30s. No matter the decade it was born in, there's no question about the fact that it looks gorgeous - and would work with a surprising number of outfits (couldn't you see it pairing wonderfully with everything from a cream blouse to a grey dress?).
Available for $35.00 from etsy seller LyndsieAnna, this playful, frilly, delightful vintage cloche would make for an incredible Easter hat, yet could just as easily see you through anything from a day of window shopping to a garden party, an afternoon wedding to Sunday brunch. For those who may be looking to expand their own hat wardrobes this spring, you'll find that this reasonably priced, delicately blush hued vintage topper is just the ticket!