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.

 

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What a Great Hat! In Studio Perspectives

Good morning hat enthusiasts!  Today and every Wednesday, I will blog about what I am working on in the studio. Each week brings new challenges and unique creative opportunities. I am thankful for the encounters I have with each of you.

This past week I had the privilege of meeting with Rich, who phoned me for an appointment. Most of you know that I don’t “do” mens hats, but his story intrigued me. Rich is a Balboa dancer and wanted to accessorize his hat to match his tuxedo and cummerbund.  “Women have so many ways to express their style,” says Rich. “Men don’t. I want my hat to stand out on the dance floor in a special way.”

Posted below are the before and after pictures of the black fedora, along with the fabric that matches his tux. Rich will now make a serious fashion statement on the dance floor!

If you’d like to see a video of couples Balboa dancing, please scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the link.

Rich's Fedora Before

Rich’s Fedora Before
Rich's Fedora After

Rich’s Fedora After

If you’d like to see couples Balboa dancing, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPrwZx2uxQA