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How to Wear A Hat: All About Proportion, Color, and Texture
March 13, 2015

FASHION TIP

Women of a certain age may think of hats when tiny crocus peek their heads out of the snow and fondly remember our favorite chapeaux.

Hats keep us safe from the sun, may hide a bad hair day, can frame our face, and complete an ensemble.

The principles to remember are (1)proportion, (2)color, and (3) texture/fabrication.

Proportion: The August Accessories Flower Beds Cloche at BonTon Department Stores, above, frames the face without drawing too much attention to the jawline.

Soften the look by allowing hair to sweep down.

Summery straw is an appropriate texture for the lightweight cotton top being worn.

An alternative version with flowers has a down-turned brim. Blue complements the skin tone of the dark-haired, fair complexioned model.

The August Hats Forever Medium Brim cloche, Macy's is a denser texture.

It is worn with a heavier suit jacket. The on-trend clear blue perks up the gray ensemble. Matchy-matchy has not been the style for some time.

The picture or portrait hat, below, is ideal for an afternoon wedding, gala graduation party, or an afternoon of upscale lunching and shopping.

This wide-brimmed hat draws all eyes to your neck and face.

The look is polished and glamorous. Perfect make-up is a must.

Notice how long this model's neck is, so that her face is like a flower on a stem. The brim would be out-of-proportion on a short neck.

If you have a long face or strong jawline, a picture hat will help balance the strong vertical with its horizontal line.

If the occasion is out of town, there are no worries with Nine West Packable Two Tone Super Floppy Hat with Flower by Nine West at Macy's.

Honoring a hat's utilitarian purpose of protection with panache is Columbia Sun Goddess II Booney (Fossil) Cap at Zappo's.

Texture/Fabrication is of paramount importance, and this high-tech textile has everything going for it.

Research has proved that a tightly-woven hat offers the best sun protection. We only have one skin, so take good care of it.

Safari styles are on target for 2015. The Goddess II spices up your look with hot coral shown here, a great counterpoint for the shades of jungle green taking over khakis and twills for Spring-Summer 2015.

Durable, ripstop fabric construction, and Omni-Shade technology provides UPF 40 sun protection. Omni-Wick sweatband wicks away moisture. And a chin strap means you won't lose it whether rock climbing or caught in the wind in town.

It's even washable.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it's the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it's the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. A hat is to be stylish in, to glow under, to flirt beneath, to make all others seem jealous over, and to make all men feel masculine about. A piece of magic is a hat." --Martha Sliter, offered by The Hat Ladies, where you can find more great quotations about Enjoying Hats by following the link.


EXPRESSING THE GODDESS

How often is the thing we dislike in someone else the very thing we dislike most in ourselves? As lovers, we project our desires onto the other who becomes our fantasy. As parents, we may project our unrealized aspirations onto our children.

The Center for Jungian Studies of South Florida focuses on this theme tomorrow, Saturday, March 13, in a film program about Her: Projection, Voice, and Being Alone.

We become trapped in a web of false images when we lack awareness of our inner landscape. The first unit is the interpersonal communication courses I teach is almost always about understanding personality, self-concept, mirroring (unconsciously mimicking others' behavior), and selective perception (seeing what we wish to see).

We have no authentic self to communicate to others until we know our Selves. Only then may we to our own selves be true.

I find Jungian psychology compatible with Sufism and both to be invaluable on my journey to what I hope is wholeness and authenticity. Sunday's program is Are You Listening to the Voice of God? seems the perfect next step in resolving questions of inner confusion.

Spring is a time for renewal of nature and the self. What can you do this weekend to deepen your relationship with yourself, others, and the holy?

Whether you choose a nature walk, a spa treatment, an afternoon of art at the museum, or reading and meditating with a cup of tea or hot cocoa, please take some time for self-care. For more ideas, please visit this page.

Love, peace, and blessings,

Enid Sefcovic, Publisher
Fashion After 50
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Fort Lauderdale, FL 33319
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