When I was growing up in the 1960s, every Christmas my mom bought my dad a new Dobbs fedora. I remember the angled box it came in and the velvety smoothness of the fur-felted crown and brim.
Sadly, hats are the exception rather than the rule these days. But I couldn’t help thinking when I saw this photo: Gosh all those heads in a row look oh-so bare! Give those guys a hat–or two or three or four! Wouldn’t they look even MORE fun and boho to boot? And you could change them around to suit the seasons or your mood.
I like the helter-skelter way in which these hats are displayed—as if they truly represented wasted hours piling up. There’s also an interesting mix of high low going on with the bookcases and birdcage up against the distinguished silhouette of those shield-back dining chairs.
“Cock your hat—angles are attitudes.”
|Via Blood and Champagne|
And this vignette, like ol’ blue eyes himself, has lots of attitude. The phrenology head is a great perch for the straw boater, and the entire cabinet has the look of a curiosity shop, thanks to all the “specimens.”
|Keith Scott Morton|
That explains the hats I’ve bought myself as an adult. I HAD to have them, even though I seldom—if ever—wore them. Chocolate. Yes. Now it all makes sense. The black bands on these hats work well with the black furniture and accents in the room. Each one has a slightly different texture and shape and looks as if someone only just dropped it on the bench a moment ago. See/read more about this Long Island home at Country Living.
“And all your future lies beneath your hat.”
|Les Maisons de Zoe|
There’s a reverence to that statement and to this photo, where all are wide-brimmed work hats but slightly different. I like the hanging method—one of thoese wire cables with clips. Wooden clothespins would work as well and look industrial.
“That is why, no matter how desperate the predicament is, I am always very much in earnest about clutching my cane, straightening my derby hat and fixing my tie, even though I have just landed on my head.”
I can almost see Chaplin’s little tramp falling and his derby flying and landing on these antlers—another great way to display hats in your home. See/read more about this apartment home in New York’s East Village at Lonny.
“Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body?”
|Ingrid Rasmussen via The Interior Stylist|
Lest all our hats be straw, consider the luscious fur beauty in this vignette styled by David Carter. I love that the head is “planted” in this urn, along with some equally ceramic vegetables and fruit. The soft fur hat looks as if it’s growing!
“Hats are radical; only people that wear hats understand that.”
|Hello Lidy via Apartment Therapy|
And the addition of hats to this vignette gives it a radical look. I like the starkness of the white pitcher and eucalyptus against the black wall and how the one hat that’s hanging bridges the change in wall color from black to white. Revolutionary!
“All I can hope to do is instill great morality in my son and trust him along the way. The music he listens to or how he chooses to wear his hair doesn’t define his moral compass, and if he wants to listen to country music and wear a cowboy hat too, that’s fine.”
I love the mix of blue and chartreuse, as well as the high and low vibe. The elegantly sculptured and upholstered headboard contrasts with the antlers overhead and the rustic chair and bedside table. The hats are decidedly informal as well, but because a few of them are blue it kicks them up a notch and pulls the look together.
“Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.”
“Some sunshine is good for the soul, but I always make sure I wear a big hat.”
|The Style Files|
Good advice any hostess would be smart to take to heart with this functional and beautiful display of broad-brimmed sun hats and Turkish fouta towels positioned on the way to the pool.
“Matching your hat to your shoe to your bag, or your necklace to your earrings, has a tendency to look dated. Mixing up your accessories adds interest to an outfit, and can make you look much more modern and polished.”
|Via Hobby Turmix|
No one wants all their hats to look alike either, even though you can only wear one at a time. This arrangement has a nice mix going on of different-shaped hats from faraway places. I like how they’re clustered on top of each other. It makes it look as if there’s a meeting inside and this is where everyone hung their hat on the way in. Earlybirds got the best perches, and latecomers got leftovers.
“To me, the ultimate act of magic is to create something from nothing: It’s like when the stage magician pulls the rabbit from the hat.”
|Julie Ranee/via Strictly Passion|
An alternative Christmas tree made of hats is a timely idea, and a great way to “wrap up” this post. I like how the vintage cameras, typewriter, picnic baskets, crates and pail give the appearance of presents under the tree. But take the star and the two green trees away, and you have a great display for the rest of the year.
I couldn’t help but notice how each of these vignettes seemed to be a jumping-off point for a good story. What stories do your hats tell? Share in the comments, and be sure to follow my blog with Bloglovin