THE QUEST FOR THE PERFECT HAT

I’ve been looking for quite some time for the perfect hat and I can now say that I found it, so, this week, I’d like to share with all of you my adventure in the search for it.
It all started, obviously, on the net: I browsed for inspiration on Vogue, Elle, Harper Bazaar, both for editorials and street style. Then, I moved to the e-commerce stores: Net-a-porter, Colette, Matches, Browns, Moda Operandi, MyTheresa, LuisaViaRoma, Saint Laurent, Borsalino and Maison Michel (they make hats for Chanel) and high street Topshop and Zara.

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Maison Michel

With a clearer idea of what I wanted (no beanies, but something like a fedora), and yet no budget, I hit the stores. The first hat I laid my hands on was a top hat by Cucinelli, that I tried on in early september, during a shopping trip with my mom- while she was trying on all the clothes possible, a bored me started playing with accessories. One look at the price tag and I decided to find a low cost alternative. Unfortunately, the cheap top hat that I found was definitely over the top! I’m petite, and I felt like a child wearing his father’s hat.
I didin’t give up in my quest and switched to a derby hat. It’s english, it’s ironic and adds a touch of fun to every outfit. Again, I don’t get lucky, the derby doesn’t suit me at all. Maybe I’m not fun and quirky enough?

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Philip Tracy

After some time, I went to Saint Laurent to find a pair of boots and saw the love of my life, the perfect hat, same as one I saw on a picture of Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, but with a narrower brim. It’s the perfect nuance of grey, in between taupe and cement, it really improves my looks and makes me so chic! I was sold! The only thing that was keeping me from the compulsive shopping was, again, the price tag: at 650 euros, I even felt ashamed to ask my parents to buy it for me as a birthday present.
I then understood I needed to fix a budget and maybe resort to high street, but I didn’t want to go to Topshop, because the hat that I bought there 2 years ago for 20£ melted under the first shower in London. It looked really pretty, but the quality was not that great.

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Saint Laurant S/S 2013

Therefore, I convinced myself I deserve a nice hat. Philip Tracy and his trilbies is too far, as my next trip to London will be in January, I’m italian and cold, so I resorted to King of Hats Borsalino. I think I tried on more or less 50 hats in three visits to the store, but I managed to settle on one, and I am very satisfied! It’s a nice felt hat, waterproof, with a medium brim, that makes it feminine but not too wide, it’s right for my face and height and makes my outfits smart! I was unsure about the colour, I was thinking blue or grey, but then chose a boring and safe black that matches my outerwear: classic black coat, blue duffle coat, green parka, deep green fur and Zara’s leopard fake fur, the best item I bought this season.
Now it’s your turn! Are you so methodic when you look for an item you really want? Do you like hats? What kind of hats do you wear? And, what have you bought so far that you are most happy with? Christmas is coming and I need suggestions for my whishlist!

Anna Violante

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  1. Io negli acquisti sono più impulsiva, quando vedo qualcosa che cercavo che mi attrae la compro, ma non la vado a cercare, aspetto che sia lei a trovare me. L’acquisto che mi ha dato più soddisfazione non è stato per me, ma per mia mamma, la campanella di Chantecler per i suoi 80 anni

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