Posts Categorized: reader requests

Guest Post: Flattering Hats for Every Head

I’ve received several requests for some guidance about finding hats that work for specific face shapes. I’ve tried my hand at this topic before, but for real insight into the matter, I turned to my favorite milliner, Audi from Fashion for Nerds. How could someone who designs and hand-makes gorgeous hats steer us wrong, I ask you?

And, just as I expected, she’s outdone herself. So without further ado, I give you a comprehensive look at hat flattery by the incomparable Audi.

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From the 18th century until the mid 1960’s, hats were an essential part of any fashionable woman’s wardrobe. Milliners came out with new styles every season, and hats were purchased right alongside all the latest dresses, shoes, and jackets. As dress codes loosened in the ’60s and fashion began to cater more towards the young, hats gradually fell out of favor until the art of millinery was all but extinct. These days, hats still don’t enjoy the prominent place in our collective wardrobe that they once did, but they have begun to trickle back into fashion, and as they do, many women find themselves at a loss to figure out which styles suit them best. read more

Reader Request: Modern Vintage

How to style vintage clothes

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion tells me:

OK, you asked for it. I’d love to see you post about incorporating vintage clothing into a stylish wardrobe.

Well, m’dear, I may have asked for it, but YOU’RE gonna get it! I love this request, especially as I think many of us fear attempting incorporation of vintage pieces into our modern, chic wardrobes. We think, “Polyester florals and ratty fringe, gold braid trim and heavy velvet? Not for me, thanks.”

But, obviously, vintage isn’t just the mondo-kitsch pieces. Vintage items can be crisp and clean as well as fun and funky, and you can make them a part of your daily wear without transforming yourself into a retro-throwback. (Of course, if you want to go that route, check out Solanah and Fleur de Guerre for some amazing inspiration. Actually, you should probably check them all out, just for the eye-candy.) read more