Spring Hats Evoke Another Era to Me

When I was visiting the family in Ohio for an extended stay, one of the last days I was there we went to Von Maur, a lovely department store in Columbus at the Polaris Mall.

Maura and I saw all the elegant Spring/Easter hats on display.  She tried on a gray one that matched her Ohio State Swim shirt.  A gracious salesperson asked if we needed any help and of course, we did not. But she didn’t seem worried about trying on a hat.

(*see Men’s Hat Posts below the photos)

Growing up, almost all women in church wore hats.

.The Kentucky Derby, the first Saturday in May, is a place to wear a fashionable hat. Or a Derby party as you watch the race on TV.  You see Royal Wedding attendees sporting stylish hats.  I wish I’d looked inside the hats to see where they are made. Do you own a hat and on what occasion do you wear it?

Putting on a hat can change your whole persona, help you feel dressed to the nine.  The epitome of dressing up in style.

“To the nine” is an English idiom meaning “to perfection” or “to the highest degree” or to dress “buoyantly and high class”. In modern English usage, the phrase most commonly appears as “dressed to the nine” or “dressed up to the nine”.

 

*  And not to leave the men out of the hat post.

I posted Meyer the Hatter in New Orleans in 2009 

and the Bleecker Street Hat Shop in NYC post in 2012

 

Pine Street Philadelphia Sign

I dedicate this post to my fashionable friends.

Natalie- Personal Shopper and Closet Cleanse Specialist 

Bernadette- Outfits Not Just Clothes 

Shannon- Carpus Diem

My fashionable friends links to blogs and info in blue after their names. 

This sign below is for the three of you! 

Lauren Bacall “The Look” Exhibit in NYC

You’ve probably watched a Lauren Bacall film sometime in your life. She passed last August. (obituary)

This exhibit’s over now but I’ll post what my sister and I saw at the Fashion Instititute of Technology while I visited on Spring Break.

We had a lot of fun looking at the fashions and reading the accompanying magazine pieces.

The first piece we saw is the coat

(Cell phone photo 🙁  the only one I took)

"A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display."
“A vivid pink wool coat by Norman Norell, worn by Bacall in the 1964 film Sex and the Single Girl, is on display.”

The opening of video Bacall hosts in 1968 -Bacall and the Boys about four men (designers) Christian Dior’s Marc Bohan, Pierre Cardin, Emanuel Ungaro, Yves St Laurent

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew9J-Ia6zQQ

For more close-up photos and an AP article by Leanne Italie click here

Brooklyn Museum First Night in December

My sister and I went to the Brooklyn Museum First Night in December.        (sponsored by TARGET, Stef)

When we were making our purchases in the gift shop, I saw the stacks of books Nails: The Story of the Modern Manicure and author Suzanne Shapiro graciously signing copies for people in line.

 (Read  July 2014 Inside the Archive interview with the Ms. Shapiro, click  this link)

Nails Book Signing Brooklyn

Love how her top matches the book cover

Nails Book Signing

Great Lakes Girls by Teri Greeves, Native American Artist -on the 5th floor,not the Killer Heels exhibit

“Teri Greeves created this piece by hand-sewing beads, Swarovski crystals, silver conchos, and spiny-oyster shell cabochons on a pair of high-heeled tennis shoes designed by Steve Madden. The inner panels are inspired by Great Lakes tribes’ floral designs”

High Heeled Sneakers

To see more of Teri Greeves Beadwork pieces click here

Homecoming High Heels Study Two

If you’ve been following me since last October, the photos below may seem familiar.

Last year’s homecoming heels post is here

I couldn’t walk in these fancy shoes, I know that.

Probably couldn’t get them on my feet, like Cinderella’s stepsisters couldn’t get that glass slipper on their foot either.

High heels look fashionable and glamorous, uncomfortable.

And, they don’t stay on

very long at all.