Being over forty I have seen a lot of fads come and go. Some things are not so much fads as they are statement pieces, personal style, or just simply accessories. Regardless I have seen banana clips for hair, to hammer pants, to those strange stretchy pieces of fabric, usually bright neon colored, that can go from tube top to mini skirt with a simple tug downward.
Now I admit hats have never really gone out of style, but there was a time in the late 80's early 90's that you would not see me out and about without a hat on and did I ever have a wardrobe of hats!
I miss my hat collection. I had everything from cute ball caps, to wide brimmed derby hats. When the Fedora began to come back I of course wanted to jump on the band wagon but questioned if I were "too old" to pull it off.
|Me "back in the day" in one of my many hats.|
Well let me tell you, if I am too old then anyone wearing them now is too young! The hat fad was mine, for people my age, and for that matter, for people far far older than myself! In fact the history of hats is quite amazing! I was attempting to post some interesting hat facts to support my claim but I will admit I am not that great of a researcher and not that knowledge on the topic. Basically you can google for yourself anything I could find so if I did post anything historic I would only be a talking head. This however is a personal piece I am writing and therefore will keep it to my own opinions.
A few weeks ago, my daughter and I were shopping, and we went into a store that had a few hats in the accessory section. The accessories were 2 for 10.00 and I had already picked up a belt and needed one more accessory to get the deal. I saw the hats, walked over to them, tried a few on. My daughter gave me a funny look with each hat I put on my head. Of course I wanted her approval but not getting it I bought a hat anyway. I selected a wide brim derby style hat. It reminded me of Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
I was not really dressed for the hat that day but I was in a cheerful mood after a couple of beers at lunch so I put the hat on. On the way home we stopped at a gas station, shop type place. I went into pay and grab a couple items. The guy behind the counter, a good 15 years younger than myself said to me, not once, but twice, one time right after the other, "You look flawless!" With an accentuating tone to the word flawless.
Now of course I was flattered, especially since my daughter thought I looked ridiculous, and to be honest, I probably did considering the rest of my outfit that day. However, something about placing that hat on my head was magical! It brought back the confidence of my youth, I FELT great in that hat. I always did though, back in the day, an air of my own personal signature style. Of course it could have been the beers. What I think it was that made that nice man say what he said was my overall attitude that day, the way the hat made me feel, the smile on my face, the gait of my walk, and that I was having fun, feeling happy, and in a way young again.
Don't ever let someone else tell you how to dress, what is "in style" or "age appropriate!" Some radio hosts were talking about mini skirts the other day judging how old was "too old" to wear a mini skirt. I had to turn the channel and shut those idiots up! A mini can be worn well, or worn bad by any woman any age! I have seen young women with good bodies wear them poorly! I have seen older women with aging bodies wear them much better. Wear what makes you smile, puts a spring in your step, and gives you confidence! Use common sense in how you style what you wear and have fun.
So in summation, if I could bring back one "fad" from the past and make it the norm, not something people who could "pull it off" would wear but something everyone wore so regularly that no one gave you a second look for wearing it, it would be hats!
What "fad" from the past would you bring back? I would love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and tell me about it. Maybe your favorite fad will be featured on my blog!