The Fascination with Hats

Lady in beautiful scarf wrapped sun hat
The fascination with hats goes back centuries.

The world’s fascination with hats has a long and interesting history, dating back to 3200 B.C. There is probably no other accessory that offers as many characteristics as the simple hat. This is likely because there are so many styles from which to choose, as well as a virtually limitless number of practical reasons to wear this fun and attractive accessory.

A type of hat currently making headlines is the fascinator, as it has become a favorite of women in England’s Royal family, such as Kate Middleton and her sister Pippa. However, the fascinator hat has been around since the 1770s. It also enjoyed a very popular season as recently as the 1960s. This style has  now resurged as a popular favorite since 2011, and is one of the most sought after hats on today’s market. Somewhat larger than a barrette, contemporary fascinators are typically made with flowers, feathers, or beads, and must be attached to the hair by a clip, headband, comb or specially made fastener. They make excellent cocktail hats, and can complement essentially any formal outfit or trendy ensemble you create.

Interestingly, no one has to spend a fortune to acquire an attractive hat, as there are many reasonably priced styles available. However, you may also decide to try a simple fedora hat or a timeless classic, such as the pillbox hat made famous by Jackie Kennedy or even a boater or trilby. Ultimately, the choices are limited only by your imagination, so consider adding a few different hats styles to your wardrobe arsenal this season to ensure you turn heads wherever you go.

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