More fun in the What a Great Hat studio

Special thanks to Natalie and the crew from Fox8 Cleveland for featuring What a Great Hat in their New Day Cleveland Fairlawn/Copley Road trip show. I always enjoy time spent with these professionals and of course never get tired talking about hats! Click here to see my segment.

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Hat Styling

People sometimes ask me how  best to wear a hat, when to wear one, and what to wear it with. Rather than write a lengthy answer, I turned to a new Instagram friend.

I recently sent some hats to Susie at Southern_Classy_and_Fabulous (check out her IG Page!) and she did a GREAT job of styling them with things that were already in her wardrobe. While I never mind buying a new outfit or coat to go with a hat, it’s always nice when you can shop your own closet.

Please take a moment to visit her blog, see and read all about how she styled five of my hats and follow her adventures in fashion.

These hats and more are available on my website. Now through March 2, 2019, use the promo code CLASSY25 to receive $25 off any hat on the website!

Fedora Made Feminine

While many of us think of a fedora as menswear, it’s fun to mix it up and create a feminine take on a classic menswear look.

I hand dyed this dark blue and camel straw early this year and purposely let the blue bleed into the camel color. When I was ready to block the hat into a shape, I decided on a fedora style because I liked the idea of the organic shape the dye created in contrast with the structured shape of a fedora.

Now this is not a classic fedora with a pinched crown; this one has an asymmetrical dip on the side. And I left the brim a bit longer on one side for additional asymmetry. It’s edged in navy silk with a silk band and bow.

I had fun mixing up masculine and feminine in this one of a kind hat.

Be sure to wear a hat this weekend for all of your outside activities! Hope you have a meaningful Memorial Day weekend.

 

What a Great Hat on New Day Cleveland

It’s always fun to talk about hats! I was recently on New Day Cleveland to talk about Kentucky Derby Hats, which are such an integral part of the Derby experience.

There are a few ads at the beginning of the clip so please be patient! The entire clip is less than five minutes. Please click on the link below to see my segment.

Kentucky Derby Hats!

One correction…(I guess I was nervous!)…I was one of three hundred milliners from 68 countries in The Great Hat Exhibition, not one of 67 milliners. And the host, Natalie, threw me for a loop with the question about where I get my hats. I must have looked like a deer in the headlights! But she steered me back on course gracefully. Always fun to “be on set,” and work with the wonderful professionals onscreen and behind the cameras at Fox8 Cleveland.

The Great Hat Exhibition Part 2

What an honor it has been to have one of my hats included in the Great Hat Exhibition in London. A friend of mine went and was kind enough to send me some photos of my hat “in action.” Very grateful to have shown my hat in one of the leading fashion capitals of the world. Until next time!

Living My Dream

I was recently contacted about partnering with the Ohio Lottery and their InspiredOH campaign to share the story of What a Great Hat. I’m lucky to be an inspired Ohioan and to have the opportunity to talk about my business and creative process.

Please click here to watch my two-minute video and feel free to share your inspired stories on the InspiredOH website.

 

Custom Hat For Preakness

Custom Race Wear – Preakness

It all started with a skirt. A really great skirt that’s perfect for a horse race. My customer wanted a hat to go with it that had a touch of whimsy and a lot of impact.

The biggest challenge was to dye the parasisal straw to coordinate with the pretty pear green in the skirt. Through trial and error, I was able to come up with a color that worked great. From there it was a matter of pulling in the other colors of the skirt, including a terra cotta riding pant on the women featured on the skirt. Fortunately, I had a ribbon that was woven with terra cotta one way and green the other for a perfect complement. Dotted netting, black, white and green feathers, a custom made silk and striped band and dotted ribbon finishes the look.

An added bonus: the hat looks great worn as intended with the embellishment on the right as well as turning it around and wearing the embellishment on the left. Such a fun and colorful ensemble!