1940’s vintage hat, windowpane check vintage dress, and facing fears

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Sometimes, an outfit comes together only after the perfect accessory is found. In the case of today, this hat was needed. After a while you may get tired of me singing Lotty Dotty Vintage’s praise, but this is another dress from her amazing collection and it is one of my favorites. It was one of the first purchases I made from her a few months ago after my own wardrobe purge left me with a way to revamp my aesthetic towards true vintage.

I wore it once, and then felt as though my accessories could not quite do it justice. It needed something special; something to elevate the outfit and solidify the vintage era.

And then, I saw this hat. New Look | eyreeffect.com

It was part of a vintage lot on eBay, and was paired with another vintage hat in a similar style but pastel blue and adorned with flowers, both going for $15 with free shipping. Even if it had only been just this one hat, I would have gotten it right away. As soon as I saw this head-topper, I knew: this was what the dress had been waiting for.

Upon arrival, I showed my friend Skye and she immediately likened the hat to the iconic New Look photo. While I am no vintage Dior model, it did inspire me to edit these photos similar to the color scheme of many vintage photoshoots. De-saturated yellows, very blue greens, reds toned very true, a little bit matte. I’m still perfecting my vintage-photo-look editing, but I loved the way these turned out.

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Facing My Fears

This outfit caused me to face some fashion fears. Years ago, merely wearing dresses daily made me feel so self-conscious. I thought that people would laugh at me for trying to be “fancy,” or question why I wore whatever I wore, or think I was putting on a facade. But after committing to dresses and then later, vintage, I’ve found that nobody really cares. Or, if they do comment, it’s to admire what I’m wearing.

Still, there are things on my list that I love, yet feel quite nervous to wear in public. Highly visible vintage hats is at the top of that list.  New Look | eyreeffect.comNew Look | eyreeffect.com

Very few people wear hats where I live. Or if they do, they’re baseball caps emblazoned with sports teams, beanies topped with pompoms, or very mildly vintage-looking cloches. True vintage style hats, that are made to really be seen, are few and far between. Any sort of statement-making hat is rare. One can get away with vintage dresses and skirts, but a hat is bound to take an outfit from “vintage inspired” to “is she in a reenactment?”

So wearing this hat to grocery shop, as silly as it might seem, was out of my comfort zone. And sure, I got a few curious stares. One woman in particular tracked my movement for a fully intense minute or two as I walked past where she stood waiting by a shelf, and her face was impassive.

But most people smiled, or busied themselves talking to Evie, and one woman all out gushed over my hat and my outfit, calling me “so fashionable” and complimenting Evie as well on her sartorial choice of kitty ears.  New Look | eyreeffect.comNew Look | eyreeffect.comNew Look | eyreeffect.com

As frivolous as it may seem to be worried over the appearance of a hat, my sartorial choices go a bit deeper than the outward.

What I wear is a reflection of how I feel. About who I am as a housewife, as a person, even, in some regards, my faith. I choose clothes for their practicality, for their beauty, and for their modesty. These three things say a lot about me as a person, and though a hat is much less of a statement of my life than the make of a garment may be, it still emits a vibe. And until I wore this hat today, braving the judgement of complete strangers to add yet another layer to my vintage housewife aura, I wasn’t quite sure how committed to this vibe I was.

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As it turns out, I’m quite okay with whatever it is wearing highly visible vintage hats says about me. It is not a particularly brave thing to wear, nor is it groundbreaking, nor shocking, but it is still a choice that sets me apart. I am someone who loves vintage. I am a mother who believes in wearing nice things sometimes for no other reason than… it makes me happy. I am someone who hopes to spread this kind of “bravery” to other women. To everyone who comes up to me and says they wish they could wear what I wear, to every mother who feels like she’s in that era of life where nothing is her own, to every woman who wants to lose weight.

Wear what makes you happy and makes you feel like YOU. In the grand scheme of things, there are a lot more important things that what you wore, but who knows. Someday you  might look back one day and wish you had worn more hats.

So just do it.

Dress, Lotty Dotty Vintage (similar here and here and here) | hat, ebay (similar here) | gloves, old | shoes, thrifted | belt, thrifted | earrings, mom’s | purse, c/o Vendula London

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  • Modern Vintage

    Such a lovely dress – and you’re right, absolutely perfect with the hat. I am so glad you wore it to the shops! Kx

  • So good! I struggle with wearing hats in public. It has been something that I have been working on. It has been somehow helping that it is winter here, and hats keep my head warm in winter. The same for big brimmed hats in summer! If I can justify it as useful, I feel less self-conscious wearing it!

    • Isn’t it weird how scary it is? Like, I dress vintage no problem but for some reason the hats are so intimidating! It’s definitely easier when it’s winter though, there’s more of an “excuse” to wear a hat.

  • You accessorize in the best way! Love how you styled this outfit. Everything about it is gorgeous!

  • Aurè

    Great!…such breathtaking Look…cheers!
    http://aureart.blogspot.it

  • Wow what an outfit! It did remind me of the iconic new look photo too. The hat is just magnificent. Also, you were made to wear hats. Suits you soooo much!
    Hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!
    Much love,
    Mona

  • I think you’ve definitely got the vintage editing down – these photos are beautiful! I was going to tell you that you look like you’re stepping out of a vintage ad! Ha!

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    • I loooved editing these. I think they’re just vintage look enough to suit my style without being overtly old looking, y’know? Thanks!

  • Thanks so much for featuring the Windowpane Dress from my collection! Love your blog 🙂
    -Karsyn
    shoptinybricks.etsy.com