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When funky hats happen to good people

Good morning!

First of all, welcome new readers! As I have posted on my profile, this journal is basically open, so everyone is welcome. The more the merrier. :-)

Anywhoo, this morning, we were surprised to find out that El Brato had taken out the trash and the recycling bins, and had ran the dishwasher. And all without having to be reminded of it. The boy can learn!

(So who are you, and what have you done with my kid?)

(Nevermind . . .)

In other news, last night I dreamed that I was purchasing a felt hat. It was black, wide brimmed and elegant, but it had no decorations or any other distinguishing features.

So in my dream, the sales lady says: "Shall I wrap it for you?"

"Yes," I reply.

"Wonderful. I will charge your card for $1000.00"

So I wake up, and I ask myself if I would pay $1000.00 for a good quality hat. Hmmmm . . . I'm not sure about that, but I do like hats. Especially quality hats.

But $1000.00?

I need to find myself another dream that features more affordable hats . . .

So getting into a bit of dream analysis, I think that I've been subconsciously thinking of Aretha Franklin's incredibly bodacious, custom-made inauguration hat, which reportedly cost significantly less than $1000.00. According to several articles, Mr. Song, of Mr. Song's Millinery, who is the person responsible for this little number, doesn't charge nearly as much for his custom made hats.

If you don't remember what Aretha's notorious hat looked like, here's an image.

Now, is this a pretty hat? Nope. It is one of the fugliest things I have ever seen. Yet, it has become an iconic piece of headwear, and Mr. Song has been making a mint selling an off-the-rack version of it. He can't keep them in stock!

But seriously, I believe that it is a pity that hats are not as fashionable in this century as it used to be in other periods. In my opinion, headwear is not optional (or it shouldn't be, at any rate). Especially if you want to look the part.

Personally, I have the upper part of one of our closets dedicated exclusively to hats and headwear. And it's not only period pieces. I will wear a hat at the least provocation, with little regard for any psychological trauma that this may cause to any innocent bystanders -- casual or otherwise.

One of my favorite hat moments was when I was boarding the plane to Mexico a couple of weeks ago. So here I was, minding my own business and standing in line, when I noticed this lady standing in front of me, proudly wearing an inauguration commemorative baseball cap. Now, lots of people came to the presidential inauguration and purchased commemorative hats. The thing about her is that hers still sported the price tag on it.

Which begs the question. Why would someone wear a cap with the price tag still attached? Did they forget to take it off? Did they want to keep it in "mint" condition in the hopes that it would go up in value as a collector's item? If the latter, leaving traces of your hair in the cap is not going to help your case, but heck, go for it girl.

Minnie Pearl is watching and proud of you.

Me? I can't wait for Mr. Song's online store go become functional and see what his prices are. So far, his Fall collection has some really cool pieces -- but I still can't bring myself to acquire an Aretha Franklin hat.

Then again, I have been known to surprise myself . . .

And just because it is a nice day and I am inspired, I leave you with yet another survey.

Poll #1344148 Holy Jumping Hats Aretha!

What do you think of Aretha's hat?

It's awesome! I want one!
It's genius, but I would not wear one like that
Minnie Mouse wants her hat back
Get it out of here!


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Feb. 5th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I have to admit that I adore wearing hats too and share your disappointment that they are not very fashionable right now. I have a wonderful collection of vintage hats that I wish I had more opportunities to wear. Maybe I'll just get brave and wear them anyway. :-)
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
I wear most of mine during spring and fall. Plus caps in winter. But I have been thinking that I should wear more hats more often.

Viva la Hat!
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:48 pm (UTC)
I love that hat so much, I want to have its babies.
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:59 pm (UTC)
Oh, baby!
Feb. 5th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
I think her hat is a cultural thing. Leave her alone already. Would you laugh at your grandma's hat?
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
Actually I would. LOL. But I do believe it's a great hat.
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Aretha has the fiercest Fierce Church Lady hat ever, but really, you have to be as Fierce as Aretha to carry it off. And nobody is as Fierce as Aretha.

In other words, yes, I would love if wearing hats was as fashionable as it was in the 40s/50s. But I can't pull off Aretha's hat. Maybe a nice toque with a birdcage veil.
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:24 pm (UTC)

Maybe a nice toque with a birdcage veil.

Ohhhh, I love those!
Feb. 5th, 2009 07:01 pm (UTC)
What she said.

I am so not the right build/race to carry off that kind of Church Lady Hat. A good British Wedding Hat, on the other hand...
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Ohhhh, British wedding hats . . . I must post something about the Queen ... Hmmmm ...
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:55 am (UTC)
Yeah. I LOVE that hat, but I'm just not awesome enough to carry it off. If I were, I would totally get a hat like that . . . but in green.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, a green Church Lady Hat . . . It's so wrong at so many levels . . . especially around St. Patrick's Day.

But I bet it would be doable. LOL.
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
Aretha Franklin is a lot of woman, and that was a lot of hat. I think she pulled it off and that it looked good on her (probably not on anyone else, mind you, but she was able to wear it). Besides - I bet her head was warmer than that of Michelle Obama or her daughters (none of whom wore hats).

That hat is also very iconographic of the culture in which she was raised (Ms. Franklin's father was a well-known and well-respected Baptist minister in Detroit). Many African American women wear fancy hats to church on Sundays and Holidays, some of them much more over-the-top than this one.
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:28 pm (UTC)
It is a bodaciously awesome hat.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
When I was 15 or so I worked at our local KFC and aftwer chirch on Sundy, all the African American ladies would come in for a meal, and they would be wearing the most AWESOME hats!

I really think I got into theatre and SCA just to wear cool hats. Heck, I even wore a hat for my wedding instead of a veil...
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
Heck, I even wore a hat for my wedding instead of a veil...

That's awesome.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC)
Take a look at my Facebook pics. Under the one marked Carlo & Me there's at least one from the wedding with my hat. :)
Feb. 5th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
Will do!
Feb. 5th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I was raised with Church Lady hats. Style, taste, more style and always taste. The bag matched and so did the shoes. Then I moved to a very Jewish section of town and the Orthodox women covered their heads for Services. They have NOTHING on Church Lady Hats. Aretha's Hat is right up there.
Feb. 5th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
Aretha's Hat is the Church Lady Hat to end all Church Lady Hats. Just awesome.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I love the hat. The bow and rhinestones make it flamboyant, the grey felt makes it understated, and the overall effect is appropriate to her personality and her role that day.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:41 pm (UTC)
It certainly hit the mark, and no one will forget it any time soon. Plus I bet she was warmer than the rest of the folks (including the First Lady) who chose not to wear hats.
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:31 pm (UTC)
Hats are fun! I think my favorites are my Hershey Kiss propeller beanie, and the pirate Mouse ears I got from Disney. Between me and scott, I think we must have about 40 or 50 hats...

And speaking of hats, I'm having a Mad Hatter Tea Party next monday, President's day. my household is full of hat and tea lovers, so I decided to throw a themed party :) It's a shame you guys are so far away, would love to have you (and your fabby hats!) there!
Feb. 5th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Bummer! Take pictures and share them with us!
Feb. 5th, 2009 11:30 pm (UTC)
*grin* You should get one these (http://trulinor.livejournal.com/20524.html#cutid1), or one like them

*grin* Truly is an excellent milliner.
Feb. 6th, 2009 03:08 am (UTC)
Ohhh, I definitely dig those. If Darkwood is going to carry those at Pennsic, I will be paying them a visit. Which goes to prove that I am perfectly capable to resist anything except temptation.

Pennsic, here we go!
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