Hats Off

So I thrifted an AMAZING vintage coat a few months back, and although I already had some fantastic elbow-length gloves to go with it (also thrifted) I knew it was missing something. This amazing coat deserved an equally amazing hat.

So, naturally, I wrote to Audi, Queen of Hats. Initially I thought it would be superawesome to commission a leopard-skin pillbox hat from her, and we agreed to that project. But after mulling it over, Audi said she was worried that I wouldn’t end up wearing something so very dated and impractical, and suggested she use the already-procured leopard-print fabric to make a version of her gorgeous Vanessa asymmetric hat. SUCH a better idea. See?

Husband Mike even got a new chapeau out of the deal! Audi said, “I made the Homburg hat as an experiment with a new block I just got, and when it was done it just looked so very HM …”

It is, hands down, my favorite of HM’s hats. I mean seriously, how handsome is he?

Be sure to check out Audi’s Etsy store for more great hats and fantastic belts by her incredibly talented boyfriend, Mark!

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42 Responses to “Hats Off”

  1. K.Line

    Sal you are ravishing!!! The hat suits you perfectly. And I had to laugh when Audi suggested you tone down your original idea – and opt for "leopard" fur.

    And HM – so handsome I can't stand it. You look like a reporter who turns into a superhero to save people in distress.

    You two need to take some b/w photos of these ensembles.

  2. Deborah

    OMgosh you two can wear the heck out of hats. I enjoy your blog so much.

    I live in Minneapolis myself. Where are your favorite places to thrift and vintage shop?

  3. Deja Pseu

    Wow, I'm in awe of that hat. It couldn't be more perfect for you!

    Mike's hat is dynamite too.

  4. Rosie Unknown

    Wow, you guys look like international spies from an era passed! (Very good looking international pies.)

    (Also, rather funny: the word verification is audicat)

  5. Make Do Style

    That is a great hat but I'm shocked I'm sure that is one of my old coats!! I'll rephrase that – I have source lots of vintage coats and that is one I've dealt in .
    Also HM is very old school Film Noir PI in that hat!!

  6. Alison

    Audi sure has an eye for what will be perfect, doesn't she? Both hats are awesome. I love your new coat too. I have a love for vintage coats. I have 4 or 5.

  7. Belle de Ville

    What great photos of both you and your HM.
    And your hats are not only chic, they are practical for the winter weather.

  8. enc

    You both look perfectly vintage and fantastically current in those beautiful hats.

  9. Terese

    I'm a long time reader – always quiet, but this time I just have to comment.

    You look fabulous in that hat Sal! Wow! And then wow again πŸ™‚

  10. fleur_delicious

    Ah! Totally gorg, Sal! (And HM could totally be a private dick in that hat.)

    love it!

  11. Miss Peregrin

    Way to work the hats! You both look great, and HM is rather handsome.

  12. Sheila

    Wow, what an amazing hat! I just love it…and covet it! This look totally suits you, Sal. Did you get a kazillion compliments on it?

  13. angie

    Husband Mike looks fabulously funky and distinguished! I LOVE his hat and his specs are KILLER.

    Your hat looks positively delicious too, Sally. I’m digging the subtle animal print and if the trim is at all removable, you could wear it trim-less with super casual outfits too. Have fun wearing your hats!

  14. Anonymous

    Sal, you rock that hat!!!! It is absolutely perfect with your coat and red lipstick and flawless complexion! HM looks pretty cute in his hat too.

    It would be great to see a pic of the two of you together wearing your hats.

  15. Cecilia

    Sal, you totally rock this hat. What a great pair you and your hubby make!

  16. Lemondrop Marie

    You are both utterly stylish, and that hat just makes you look like you stepped off a vintage movie screen! Love it, she's quite talented!
    Marie @ Lemondrop ViNtAge

  17. Alli

    This is such a timely post, because I was only last night DROOLING over the Vanessa asymmetric in Audi's Etsy shop! Looks fantastic on you! And HM looks absolutely dashing in his new hat, too!

    P.S. Hi, my name is Alli! I've been lurking on your blog for the past six months or so. Finally decided to start speaking up! I love you style, love your advice, and look forward to reading your blog every day. I'm from Iowa, so our weather is similar to Minnesota's in many ways, and I find watching your outfits transition from season to season both informative and beautiful. Thanks for all you do!

  18. Casey

    You both look so dashing! πŸ™‚ I just adore the leopard fabric that Audi used for your hat; it looks so lush. Beautiful, Sal!

  19. Audi

    I know we've exchanged oodles of emails and texts on the subject of these hats already, but I had to stop by and mention how wonderfully gratifying it is to see my creations all done up on two gorgeous people in fab outfits! I'm so glad you're enjoying the hats — they were made with love. πŸ™‚

  20. Libby

    That lip color looks fantastic on you, and Mike's glasses are awesome!!

  21. Laura.

    WHOA. i have no words. seriously, why don't we all wear HATS more often?!

  22. myedit

    Both of you rock the hats like nobody's business, but Sal, your hat is perfect for you and so classic yet modern as well. Love, love, love…

  23. Kate Coveny Hood

    I LOVE this new look. It reminds me of my favorite coat ever. It was a black cashmere number that I found at Frugal Fannie's (wonder if that chain still exists) and I thought it looked like a "little old lady coat" – or "vintage." It was only much later that I realized that it was a mismarked petite and that's why it had those charming shortish sleeves and the mid-calf length. It had the right shape for that look to work, and I cried when it finally became too threadbare to wear anymore.

    Can you tell I'm a coat person? And the hat is adorable.

  24. The Budget Babe

    you two were born to wear hats! the hat definitely needs to make a comeback.

  25. Missa

    Well hello there you vintage vixen you! That hat is AMAZING. Audi is so talented πŸ™‚

  26. Melissa de la Fuente

    Oh, it's HM! How adorable are you both! In your chapeaus?! I love it, and I love HM's glasses…..tre chic! πŸ™‚

  27. Couture Allure Vintage Fashion

    I love that hat on you Sal! Perfect choice and it looks wonderful with your coat and gloves. Good job, Audi!