Style Monday

Polo by Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

Polo by Ralph Lauren Fall 2014

Berets were featured on the runway for Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2014 Polo collection at New York Fashion Week. He describes the 2014 women’s collection as Southwest bohemian meets downtown cool.

I happen to love berets. They’ve been around forever and lend an air of artistic flair to any outfit. Functionally speaking, they hide a bad hair day beautifully. Such a simple hat that looks great with the outfits above or a pair of jeans. Viva la beret!

Everything Old is New Again

Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to working on a new hat that is inspired by a wonderful old 1940s hat I bought last fall. Style-wise, it’s a beret/newsboy/tilt hat hybrid. The round (actually oval) top is classic beret. But the back sweeps straight up like a newsboy or driver, depending on where you’re from. It’s a mix of masculine and feminine…with the feminine taking the lead. I trimmed it with a flurry of vintage feathers and a carved vintage button that mimics the pattern of the fabric. It sits at an angle, so I added a narrow elastic band to keep it in place. A cool new look for the fall collection!

1940s-inspired Tilt Hat

1940s-inspired Tilt Hat

View from the Back

View from the Back

Putting together a great look

A couple of posts ago I featured a photo of a beautiful one-of-a-kind hand felted beret that  needed a good home. So many of my “arty” pieces are time-consuming to make and a bit more unusual than some of my “standard” hat profiles. Therefore, they’re not for everyone. Unless you have a good eye and a sense of adventure. A customer who really owns her style fell in love with it and took it home with her. She sent me some photos that she is allowing me to share with you. I think she rocks this look!

Hand felted and beaded beret.