I’m a hat and shoe person. I’m also a fashion person in general, although I wore it all better when I was 17. Or 25. Or, at a recent lecture I attended, the NASA space engineer said, “Here is a photo of me 35 years ago, before the ravages of time.!”  I felt he was my best friend already.

It is December and time to talk about winter hats and facing the cold with style! I have new hats and antique hats. (I guess there were some in my family that also were “hat people”.) I have a nice collection of my mother’s hats.

Helen Kaminski hat

My favorite Helen Kaminski winter hat

I love the burgundy one for its punch, and its broad brim, which protects me from the sun. A very important item for me, and a fantastic reason to collect hats!

My favorite and most used everyday hat

This is a hat I can wear everyday. It is sturdy, has a good sized brim, is black and basic, and has “hidden ear flaps” inside which I find very useful! If I need to dress it up, or feel fashionista, I add a suede ribbon of animal print:

Another favorite, for special occasions is my “Tiffany Brim” hat. Also, black and basic, but sits low on the brow and is quite an eye catcher.

 It has a fabulous bow in the back (or I think you could wear the bow in front!) as you see here:

When the New England wind blows, and I need to protect my head and ears from the cold, I love this black velvet hat I found at one of my favorite New York City shops – Henri Bendel.

I love the fact that it has 3 different fabrics that make up the composition.

Another of my favorite winter fashion statements is “winter white”. I absolutely adore wearing white wool in winter. It is so uplifting, and I remember having white wool dresses when I was in high school in Memphis. Here I am a few years ago in one of my “I can’t resist it. I have to buy it – berets.” And yes, it does have a fur Pom Pom on top.

OK, Maybe just two more, and then we’ll have to continue in another post! Here is one of the antiques – a mink hat with simple brim. I confess to wearing this one not as much, because it offers no sun protection. But think of the warmth!

This antique mink hat would go well with the antique alligator purse that I inherited from my mother. (Now I wonder where those alligator shoes are?) Last night I was out shopping with some new women friends, and one of them bought a very similar look alike to this purse, albeit faux alligator, thank goodness for the animals.

1950 s era Alligator Purse

Here is another of my oldie but goodies. This red brim and black-velvety-felt top is a striking statement with its red and black feathers swooping down toward the neck. I confess to being fearless, and remember wearing this to a Salem attorney’s office and I don’t think they knew WHAT to make of me! A woman in a hat, and THIS hat, and in the provinces, too.

OK, time to go. But there is more in my hat collection, all for another day.  I’m actually becoming inspired now to wear them more!  Best winter wishes,