I used to wear hats quite a lot, and inspired by the Style Crone and this post by the Idiosyncratic Fashionistas, I finally hauled out what remains of my collection. I had to think back to why I stopped wearing hats in the mid-'90s, and it had much to do with transitioning from student to working person.
|hat: some shop in Toronto (~ 1993)|
coat with delicious honey cruller collar: Charming Charlie
scarf: Charming Charlie, last worn here
As a very young therapist, and an expressive arts therapist at that, credibility was on my mind, as were physical safety concerns. I had waist-length hair, and my first internship placements and jobs were in secure settings (short-term crisis stabilization for high-risk youth, psychiatric inpatient units, day treatment for dually-diagnosed adults). [More and better arts therapies info here.]
I took to wearing my hair up in a braid or bun - styles mostly incompatible with hats - and though I changed workplaces, I continued to do so for 15 years until it was clearly all falling out related to my illness and treatment. I'm glad I did The Big Chop (early 2009) in time to have a good bunch yet to donate, and that it was entirely un-dyed / non-chemically-processed and within the limits for percentage of grey.
*** brief coat interlude***
I love everything about this coat except its source and poor quality - even a couple of years ago when I bought it, I would have gladly spent well over $20 for something which would last way longer and to be more ethical about where my money goes. Though I have never been one for trends or treated my clothing as disposable, such is the lure of fast fashion even so. A growing discomfort is at least a place to start.
|dark grey sweater dress: Belldini, Dillard's (75% off)|
belt: thrifted, "The Kitty Cat Store" (South Padre Island), last worn here
grey flower: a gift from my mother, last worn here
dark grey leggings: Smart Set
shorty cowboy boots: WalM*rt, last worn here
Though before and after the haircut I often wore a toque or ear-flap trapper hat with my pyjama-ensembles at home related to the brutal sick-chills, it somehow hadn't occurred to me to wear stylin' hats again - even back at work in my chilly office. 'Til now - better late than never - hooray!
My hats are now mostly a bit too big (check below the jump for historical evidence of why), and of course black, but I was thrilled to find that there are still a few which are wearable. I hereby declare hats exempt from my reduced-shopping ways!
In honour of Remembrance Day, I leave you with a couple of videos about the Combat Paper project by and for veterans. I am so deeply moved by this, which to me exemplifies the highest levels of transformation and healing available through the arts.
Content advisory for swearing:
EDITED TO ADD: Joining up with Visible Monday over at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style.
hat: The Snow Lion / Tibet Shop (Toronto, late '80s)
hair: natural waves, rag-curled
horseshoe nail necklace: Old Clothing Show and Sale (Toronto, early '90s), worn here
black sleeveless crushed velvet Empire-waist maxi dress (Dalmy's?)
plum silk broomstick maxi skirt
antique hatbox: Old Clothing Show and Sale (Toronto, early '90s)
hook-fastened granny-style flat ankle boots: same worn in photos from 10 years earlier, shown in this post
|late December / early January 1993-94|
hat: can't recall
ankle-length sleeveless vest with hood: Le Chateau
silver fish necklace on long satin ribbon
maxi skirt and combat boots (not shown)