Sep 9, 2011

Hats with a Flourish! Why not?

Absolutely adore hats, 
and I wouldn't possibly admit 
that I have a weakness for vintage hats... these ones from an outake of Vogue in the 1950s....
But I figure, any excuse will do to pop on a hat, 
which is pretty easy when you can choose from 
freshly launched in time for the horse racing season,
and featured in Spring Fashion Week. 
Louise honed her skills making historical millinery 
for BBC drama {she did the hats for Pride & Prejudice}
& Merchant Ivory films while living in London.
Now back in her home town of Melbourne, 
she makes hats to order, 
as well as these ready to wear delights. 
Aren't they gorgeous?
And oh so feminine! 
Now I just have to make a little room on my hat shelf,
because I am very tempted
to add one of these to my collection.

Do you have a favourite? 
And, importantly, do you wear hats?

Vintage Hats: out take from Vogue 
All other hats: Louise Macdonald Milliner
All flower images: Gardenia, Texas


  1. My friends and I used to have a little vintage stall at the local markets as a hobby and one of my favourite things were always the hats. So beautiful! Unfortunately you look a little silly wearing a hat in North Queensland, unless it's a fedora or sun hat!

  2. LR @ Magnificent or Egregious?9/9/11 1:47 PM

    I love this post, I just did one on hats as well!  How funny!  :)   These hats are absolutely gorgeous, especially the two black and white hats. 

  3. Yes, and what I would like to know is why doesn't somebody design some fabulously pretty hats which ALSO keep the sun off one's face? Then you could wear them! 

  4. Well they say great minds think it is all proven then...we have great minds! 

  5. These hats are feminine and elegant but I am not sure I can pull this off! I think it can look great on some people. They are absolutely perfect for editorial though! :)

  6. Ah well, if we ALL go back to wearing hats (which I wish we would) then you would probably feel quite comfortable in pulling off the look with great style and aplomb Jessie! 

  7. Jane and Lance Hattatt9/9/11 4:47 PM

    Hello Virginia:
    Yes, they are lovely and yes, we both wear hats nearly all of the time and certainly do not regard them as things to be brought out only on special occasions. But, as we have written elsewhere, baseball caps we regard as unspeakable!

  8. Me too - and don't even get me started on wearing baseball caps backwards.......grrrr.....

  9. Hi miss Virginia

    Oh wow - this makes my heart skip again (you know how to do that to me :)

    I love (really love) the black and white 3rd photo down.
    It reminds me of Coco Chanel - very vintage vogue days and I love it.

    all of them are very pretty though - the design and time that goes into making a hat I don't think milliners ever get their money back.

    have a great day stylish one!


  10. robinsonheather9/9/11 5:43 PM

    Yes, of course Les Hattats wear hats! But that just made my morning--that and your beautifully put together post. 

    I also adore hats and don't understand why we all stopped wearing them. I used to wear them quite a bit while living in NYC, where it is perfectly acceptable to sport a Victorian mourning hat while at the Post Office. I also have a gorgeous replica of Audrey's famous hat from "Breakfast at Tiffany's" that my Dad bought for me (making it extra special). When I used to wear that, people would bend down to peer up at my face, thinking that I was someone famous!

    Alas, here in Arles...I do wear sun hats while walking Ben but as you say, why can't they make them cuter? Why are they all so floppy?

    Wishing you a lovely weekend Virginia!

  11. That black and white one is one of my favourites too - that and the other black and white crochet lace one. I would happily wear either, no special occasion required! 

  12. But you are famous, my dear girl, so it is no surprise that they should peer! 

  13. Woods Sarah10/9/11 7:56 AM

    Love the last one, it's a pity they can't be worn to more events other than the races or royal weddings!
    I'm quite happy to wear a fancy hat:)
    Sar x

  14. Georgica Pond12/9/11 11:41 AM

    I look rubbish in hats - anything from a baseball cap to beach hat, to fedora or beanie - awful. The only thing that looks alright is a fascinator, so I think these are great. But as with ball gowns, very rarely have an occasion to wear them.


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