Spring Trends – Saucer Hats and Mini-Fedoras

April 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm Leave a comment

Royal Wedding Fever includes speculation about the millinery for the upcoming event’s influence on hat styles.  While the fascination with fascinators continues, the saucer hat is expected to come on strong.  Larger than a fascinator, the saucer is a bolder statement and a more substantial base for feathers, flowers and loops.  The benefit of a fascinator or saucer over a large brimmed hat is that the wearer is more easily photographed and framed rather than hidden under a brim. It also prevents blocking the view of others while adding height. When selecting a saucer hat, the angle of the hat to the head with a complementary hair style is what makes the shape really work. The lace and feather saucer hat shown here is by Philip Treacy, tapped to be The Milliner for the Royal Wedding. He survived being a judge on Project Runway so the Royal Wedding should be a cakewalk.

Men’s fedoras and stingy-brims have been flying off the shelves for several seasons.  Now that the lads have had a taste of hat life, higher quality straws with more adventurous bands are making a move.  Not to be left out, the girls have been wearing boyfriend hats, that is to say, borrowing the boy hats for their own.  Fedoras made just for women with more feminine lines and trim are selling like mad. The dandy velvet and feather trimmed mini-fedora show here is by Little Hill Wool Works and is available at etsy.com.

The mini-hat is a saucy trend with the mini-top hat adding to the steam punk and retro-Victorian vibe.  This hot pink topper is by Hat Shadows.    The love match of menswear with the mini hat results in the fabulous mini-Fedora.  Mini-hats called toy, doll or tilt hats were wildly popular in the late 1930’s and highlighted in the 1939 movie The Women.         Color Color Color – Electric colors and a variety of feathers round out the spring trend report.  Peacock feathers are seen dyed in bright colors never dreamed of by any peacock.  Now get your hat on and get out there!

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