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Day 356: Lessons from Bea Danville: Your hat can make or mar you

Copyright 1956 by Wilfred Funk, Inc. 

So, when I was a teenager, my fabulous mother gifted me with this genius vintage book: Dress Well on $1 a Day by Bea Danville. I can't believe I left it behind when I moved, but my mother graciously sent it along to me so that I could remind myself of this wisdom.

And now, I share this wisdom with all of you.

Today's lesson : HATS = LIFE!

"I have made hats that have patched up lover's quarrels. I have made hats that made married couples fall in love agai. I have made hats that landed new jobs for women who needed them... I have seen what a beautiful hat can do for a plain or timid woman. I have seen a hat change the whole course of a life" - from Talking Through My Hats by Lilly Dache, copyright 1946 

With so much at stake, it is obvious that the choice of a hat is not to be made in any lighthearted manner. [You guys, don't tell Bea Danville how I just bought a knit hat with kittycat ears on it. It is a lighthearted hat purchased in a lighthearted manner. Oops!]

 Your hat is without a doubt the important part of your entire wardrobe. [Bea's not exaggerating, she's just keeping it real. HATS = LIFE!] It should be selected with care, and you should be mindful most particularly of the impression that you will create in it. Possibly it is so important because the facial expression holds the reflection of the soul, and consequently the hat which frames your features becomes part of this expression. Whatever the reason may be, it is the hat you wear that will set the impression you wish to give. You may be as smart as a newly-dressed doll from the neck down but, if you are wearing a hat with no zip to it, the total effect will be depressing. [HATS = LIFE! LIIIIFE!

Conversely, you may be wearing a rather dull outfit, which you have worn several times before and are, quite honestly, rather tired of dragging out of the closet for yet another occasion. Try a new hat with this - to you - sad outfit. You will feel revitalized and the suit or dress will take on a cheerful new note - for all the comparatively small cost of a hat.

[You guys, it's settled. I'm going to go buy the cloche hat that I tried on the other day. By considering it for a few days, shows that it's not a lighthearted decision. And it's a cloche hat, which is not a lighthearted hat. And for the cost of $20 - it's on sale - I'll be saving money because it will help resuscitate my sad outfits!! Hat, here I come!]


My sartorial inspiration are the amazing hats Blake Lively keeps wearing while she's creeping around with Ryan Reynolds. Now we all know it's the hat that lured in the hottie (HATS = LIFE!!)

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