Does This Hat Make Me Look Tall?

March 1, 2014

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After complaining (a lot) that hats never fit my big head, this one popped up recently in a thrift store.  I almost missed it.  Fortunately, being the mannerly person that I try to be, I had just turned around to say goodbye when it came into my field of vision.  It was perched high on a shelf behind the counter.  I turned back, tried it on, and miraculously it fit.

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Apparently, Gregory had a big head too.  Anyway, I’ve been saving it to share on Hat Attack, a monthly link up hosted by the queen of chapeaux, Judith at Style Crone.

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With everything that’s going on these days, it’s pure therapy to have a reason to put on makeup, select some clothes that feel good, and share a few pictures with other hat lovers.

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I wonder about Gregory, though.  He also wrote his phone number inside the hat, so clearly it meant a lot to him.  I think he would like the Hat Attack party.  So Greg, this one’s for you.  Short or tall, I love you.  You have great taste in hats.

Outfit details:  leopard skirt-thrifted and upcycled, black Lucky Brand cardigan-thrifted, scarf-purchased at Whole Foods, shoes-on sale a few years ago at Fox’s Designer Discount, assorted rings-thrifted and gifted (I made the small tiger eye ring last Spring when I took a silver smithing class), pendant-purchased locally at a small “hippie” shop, and of course the leather hat-thrifted.

See you over at Judith‘s.  XXOO

(If you want more detail, enlarge the pictures by clicking on them once, and again if you want even more.)


46 Responses to Does This Hat Make Me Look Tall?

  1. Lizzie Pierson on March 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

    Love the scarf and pants. Looks like the hat is well made and leather?? Wouldn’t you love to know what Gregory’s story was. How fun! Fashion should be fun!

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Agreed!!! XXOO

  2. Jody on March 1, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Love the patina on this hat – definitely one that only gets better with age! I have a big head, too.

    • Jean on March 1, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      I thought of putting a little leather conditioner on it, but I’m reluctant. I love patina too.

  3. PinkCheetahVintage on March 2, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Gorgeous hat <3

  4. Melanei on March 2, 2014 at 3:46 am

    You don’t need this hat to make you look tall, you are already statuesque. But I suppose the hat does add another foot or so. I love it! And it’s so sweet that the owner put his name and number on it. And I love how you’ve styled this outfit with that leather crown. Truly gorgeous, big art. Those last-minute finds can be such gems. Glad you turned around.

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:08 pm

      Glad I did too. Now all I need is a pair of giant platform shoes.

  5. Curtise on March 2, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I am another big-headed person, there are a lot of us about! Gregory’s hat is wonderful, and you wear it with your usual panache, Jean. I always give a little sigh when I see a name written in some vintage clothing, and wonder what happened to them… But the beauty is, their treasured piece is continuing to be worn and enjoyed, and that’s good.
    Admiring your jewellery and shoes, as ever.
    Yes, it is therapeutic indeed to be involved in a community of like-minded stylish sisters in hats, off to Judith’s myself later! xxxx

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      See you there!! XXOO

  6. Vix on March 2, 2014 at 5:36 am

    That is one crazy ass hat, I’d have snapped that up to being a fellow big head! You look pimpin’ good! xxx

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Your pink one is fabulous too. XXOO

  7. Rosalind on March 2, 2014 at 6:31 am

    It’s a magnificent hat and the hints of its back story are intriguing. One really can’t help wondering what has happened to Gregory and where he wore his hat to go out and about and what he wore it with…
    Great outfit too. Love the design of those shoes.

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      It occurred to me this morning that maybe Gregory is a last name. The plot thickens as I then wonder what the first name might be. :-)

  8. Pam@over50feeling40 on March 2, 2014 at 7:02 am

    I also would love to know Gregory’s story…what a fun piece to have! Enjoy your week ahead, Jean!

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

      Thanks Pam. Enjoy yours as well. XXOO

  9. No Fear of Fashion on March 2, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Terrific hat. I wish I found it. Looks marvellous on you.

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Keep looking, you never know. I’m sure there are many unusual things to find where you are. I’m envious of your shopping with friends post! XXOO

  10. Gigi on March 2, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    This is an awesome hat. What a piece! Love the story behind.

    It looks perfect on you. Royal!

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 1:09 pm

      I love things with stories too. Royal? I like that. :-)

  11. Forest City Fashionista on March 2, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    I wonder if Gregory had the hat made especially for him, or maybe he made it himself? Either way, he did have rather awesome taste in hats and I’m glad it found its way to you.

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      The hat is so quirky it really does make you wonder. Glad I have it too, thank you.

  12. sandra on March 2, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    It’s awesome! and so brilliant that Gregory’s name is on it, yes he certainly had great hat taste, it looks wonderful on you!! I too have a large head, my cloche tends to be perched on the top of my head, not cloche style at all!! x x x

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      You know, there are so many of us with larger heads, you’d think the hat business would get the message. I remember when women’s pants only came in one length, whereas men’s were always available in various lengths or unhemmed. There’s been some progress, but it doesn’t seem to have extended to women’s hats.

  13. MIS PAPELICOS on March 2, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thank you soooooooooooooooo much for joining the party sharing your wonderful style.
    Love and sunshine

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 7:09 pm

      Thank you for hosting a wonderful link-up!

  14. The Style Crone on March 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    Beautiful hat is an understatement. I love the shape, the colors and how stunning you look peering from beneath the leather brim. It’s uncanny, how some pieces find us. This one was made for you and I’m sending out a thank you to Gregory for his part in giving me a gigantic Hat Attack! Giving this piece of art a new life is part of the magic of recycling!

    Thank you for sharing your amazing style on Hat Attack! XO

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      I really didn’t want to show up at Hat Attack wearing any old hat, so when I saw THIS old hat, I figured it was meant to be. Glad you like it.

  15. Spashionista (Alicia) on March 2, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    What a hat! It’s fabulous, and could’ve gone so “Dr Seuss” on the wrong person. No danger of that happening with you, though. It looks like it was made for you and you alone (maybe that’s why Gregory gave it up) 😉


    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      I thought of the Cat in the Hat too!! Hilarious. Then Abe Lincoln came to mind. I found that pulling it down as low as I could mitigated those unfortunate references…hopefully.

  16. Olga on March 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    Such an interesting-looking hat! And it suits you. Love the whole outfit, the skirt is a beauty and the shoes are something amazing. I had to enlarge the picture to see them more closely.

    • Jean on March 2, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      My father follows my blog and he agrees; it’s an “interesting looking” hat. We had a good laugh. Thank you for joining in! I’m glad you enlarged the pictures since I don’t always mention that you can do that.

  17. Natalia on March 3, 2014 at 4:19 am

    Such a beautiful story here! I love the way you tell it – with your outfit and with your writing! You are very talented and very beautiful woman! I really love your shoes and jewelry here too. And, of course, the hat. So glad you found each other!

    • Jean on March 3, 2014 at 10:01 am

      I’ve learned so much from blogging, including the tech stuff- a necessary evil. I also found that I enjoyed writing!! Thank you for all the compliments. I enjoyed looking at your last few posts, too. As I commented there, I’m blown away by your use of color, creating rich compositions with your outfits. I’m definitely going to try some new things, thanks to you.

  18. Suzanne on March 3, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Wow. What a spectacular look and an incredible hat. That is truly one-of-a-kind.

    The whole look is very avant guard.


    • Jean on March 3, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Since I’m stuck in the ‘burbs, why not give ’em a show? :-)

  19. Feda on March 3, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    IN LOVE!!! love this hat! what a story behind it! The whole outfit just comes together so well. Love the rings too, especially the one you made! AHH! Love jewelry <3


    • Jean on March 4, 2014 at 9:21 pm

      We share the same aesthetic, no question. The stories just make it better, right? Love you!

  20. Señora Allnut on March 4, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    you look so fabulously elegant and bohemian and cool!!!, love your hat, love your accessories and your pretty leopard skirt and shoes!!

    • Jean on March 4, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Thank you!! I was wanting to do a black/white palette, especially after seeing your post, but it just didn’t happen….yet. I appreciate you stopping by!

  21. Deb Sims on March 5, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    The hat is fabulous, the way you put the whole outfit together is intergalactic chic! I have a tiny head–no wise cracks–but i love hats! You go you talented woman! Wow

    • Jean on March 5, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      Appreciate it. There’s a hat out there with your name on it.

  22. Jan Graham-McMillen on March 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

    Yes! It does, and aren’t you happy that it does?! Great hat on you, darling girl. Do you really have a big head? Looks just right on your body, though.
    Love it with the tan/multi-colored sandals and all the tan touches. Perfect tiger-eye and silver, lovely Jean!

    • Jean on March 6, 2014 at 12:25 am

      Haha!! Yes. When my head was measured by a milliner, she declared I have a “long oval” head. What that really means is that I have a big protuberance on the back of my head. Good thing I never shaved my head in the 80’s the way I wanted to. So my face is small-ish, but that long head means that hats don’t fit. Joey has a big oval head too, so we tease each other about it. He had to get a custom helmet when he took his car to the racetrack. :-)

  23. Glenda on March 8, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    A marvelous hat indeed. I am glad you saw it. It fits your style perfectly!

    • Jean on March 8, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Hopefully I’ll find the perfect opportunity to wear it. Maybe a jazz show in Cali, what d’ya think?

  24. pao on March 9, 2014 at 10:28 am

    What a story. So did you call the phone number? What a great patina on the leather of that hat too. And the shoes that you assembled with it! A great ensemble as always. And you always look perfectly tall enough, Jean.

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