Have you seen Theressa Silver’s book Hat Couture? I love it:
Theressa has done the amazing work of turning classic, fashionable hat styles into knitting patterns. With no felting (although the fabric is knit at a dense gauge) you too can have a collection of styling hats.
This is Jackie, inspired by Jackie Kennedy, of course.
But where would you go in such a hat? Anywhere that requires a little dressing up, of course! I wore this one to a wedding. I fit right into the crowd, and got so many, many complements. Some of them were on my hat, but most people complemented my outfit. A hat simply pulls your whole outfit together.
Theressa does a really wonderful job explaining how to pull together the little bouquets of notions that adorn these hats as well. So between the excellent pattern that lets you shape a fully form top hat, to the decorations that make this a true act of millinery, she has it all covered.
Honestly though? I wish our culture wore more hats. They’re such a great accessory. People are all about scarves, bags, and jewelry. Why do hats get left out of the picture? I could pull together a great outfit for meeting friends at the little indie coffee shop down in the village:
(This hat is Bette, and I love it extra for the crazy Robin Hood style feather!)
Or what about Sunday brunch? Why shouldn’t you wear a hat then?
(this is Carmen, it’s a little out there, but I know you can pull it off!)
Remember women, historically, wore their hats inside (as opposed to men who take their hats off when entering a building) so once you’ve done all that work you don’t have to feel like your outfit is incomplete the moment you step through the door.
If you want to know more about Hat Couture I highly recommend this behind the scenes post from Theressa herself.