I wore 10 million vintage hats… so you don’t have to.
Okay okay, so I understand that the header of this article may be just slightly misleading – apologies for that. But last weekend I went to the Festival of Vintage. It actually DID feel like I tried on a million vintage hats.
This is the second time that I have been to the event in York. It is my favourite northern vintage-esque event. I would recommend attending if you are even remotely curious about the vintage community. There are bags of stalls. It is full of original, reproduction and handmade vintage items amongst other stalls from small businesses. The event itself is spun over a two-day weekend. It includes dancing, food, fashion shows and lots and lots of like-minded people. Last year I went with my two northern vintage besties Liv & Soph. This year was no different.
If I go to a vintage event, I always try and go with an idea in mind. If I am having a “thrifting kind of day out” it is the same too. Recently, I have been mildly interested in vintage hats. Especially the different styles from different eras that keep cropping up at the events I attend. They always look so elegant on everybody else! Added bonus – they keep hair in place. No matter what the weather is – you still look rather fabulous.
A mad hatter’s paradise of vintage hats
As I was looking around, I knew that I wanted to try and find a saucer-type shape in straw and preferably with a bow to tie underneath my chin. Proportion wise, I have always felt that I have a little pea shaped head (inherited from my mother no doubt!) and therefore height and big hair is a must for me. Everywhere I looked, I saw hats. Most of the older authentic vintage pieces were expensive (and rightly so with them being a piece of beautiful history!) but outside of my budget and not to my taste. As always, I seem to have a knack of liking what I like and worrying about what era it fits into later (or never) and so I was hunting for something that caught my eye.
Eventually, I fell in love with a little vintage straw boater hat with a black ribbon around it. With my hairstyle of the day being similar to a high poodle, it was easy to slot this on the back of my head and try it out for size. A lovely stallholder informed me that “this was more of an 80s way” to wear it – but I really admired the shape and style. So I purchased it for £20.00!
Now that I am officially a wearer of vintage hats
I have found myself creating my Pinterest board of “hat hair” and always on the lookout for beautiful hatpins. On that note, if anybody has any tips on how to get a hatpin through airport security – well I would consider that a useful tip so please get in touch. Maybe I am Madonna and reinventing myself to be a regular hat wearer. Maybe this is just a vintage fling thing. One thing is for sure; I like the shape of my head a bit more with a hat on it. My hair seems easier. I feel like my outfits are “finished off” with a good hat. Watch this space (or blog) because more hats are coming.
I have never professed to be a historian or be in the vintage know when it comes to vintage hats. If you know any official names of these vintage hats then I would always be interested in hearing more! Which is your favourite? Is there one that you think that I should have bought instead? If you have a chance to go and visit the Festival of Vintage in York next year – absolutely do!! Make sure you come and say hello because I will probably be there too!