One of the things I have had cause to mourn in my study of historic fashion and costume is the passing of The Hat as a basic necessity of wardrobe into cultural oblivion.
Up until about the middle of the last century, hats were an absolute MUST in Western fashion. No decent person went out without his or her hat, and a whole set of manners and customs were attached to the selection and wearing (and doffing) of all manner of hats, caps and toppers.
Despite my sorrow at the disintegration of the culture of headwear into basebal caps and upside-down visors, there IS one advantage: anyone who is caught actually wearing a singular sort of hat instantly attracts attention! Nothing completes a costume or period outfit like the proper hat. It’s the candle on the cake, the filling in the pie–the last, perfect touch that takes your creation from the adequate to the sublime.
The next question which must be asked, then, is where to obtain such a marvelous thing as a quality hat. I would like to draw special attention to the Blonde Swan, a Hatter in Ohio who turns out the most superb hats I have ever had the pleasure to see.
The Tall Felt Topper and the Elizabethan Riding hat. These are handsome enough photographed–in real life they are, simply put, STUNNING.
Whether you’re in the market for something to complete your Steampunk, vampire, Renaissance, priate, fantasy or Victorian costume, they have something that fits the bill, and fits it to a tee!
The Gunslinger and the Bulls-Eye Beauty–Old West or Age of Steam? Either way!
So if you’re looking for a hat of magnificent quality and reasonable cost, there’s no place for you but http://www.blondeswan.com. Go check them out–you won’t regret it!
The Broomrider and Deluxe Sassy Jackie. The Broomrider is one of my personal favourites. It’s perfectly smashing finish for a witch costume, but can also take any medievil costume from the historical to fantastic in an instant. The Sassy Jackie is equally gorgeous, and can’t be beat for any sky or sea wandering pirette.