NATIONAL FELT HAT DAY

September 15th is National Felt Hat Day - Here's a little about hats and me

NATIONAL FELT HAT DAY

Friday the 15th September is National Felt Hat Day - and I couldn't resist having a little look back at the very few times I've ever been able to wear anything that remotely resembled a warm hat. In Australia our Winters are so mild that there's virtually no need to dig out a hat so the only opportunity I've had so far is when we visited Europe.

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

Here's a little bit of background info on National Felt Hat Day:

On this day, men (and women if they choose to) traditionally wear a felt hat. 


Back in the early to mid 1900s, hats were popularly worn by both men and women. It was stylish. At that time, felt was a common material for men's hats. With cooler Fall weather approaching, the guys went to the coat closet and dusted off their felt hats , and began to wear them once more.

Celebrating this day is easy....just wear a felt hat. It can be of any style, as long as the material is felt. No other hat material will do.


MY TAKE ON A FELT HAT

I thought I'd share a couple of pics of me doing the "hat" thing from my trip to Europe a few years ago with my Mum. She's a great lover of hats and belongs to the Red Hat Society where she gets to wear them all the time. I'm not quite as flamboyant, so my take on hat wearing is a little more sedate.

It turned out to be a very cold September when we were touring Europe so there was a definite need to purchase a hat of some description. I found a suitable one (the closest I could get to a felt hat) in a little shop on Montematre in Paris. It sounds very stylish to say "I bought a hat in Paris", but I was going for warmth above everything else and it certainly came in handy over the next week or two of standing around in the freezing weather listening to tour guides waxing lyrical about whichever city's attractions we were viewing on any particular day.

nopin= “nopin”Wearing a felt hat in Amsterdam

Wearing a felt hat in Europe

OR A SHERPA HAT?

Our daughter had also asked for me to bring her home a Sherpa hat if I came across one in our travels. Amsterdam had dozens of them and after I found one that I thought she'd like, I couldn't resist wearing it on the top deck of the river cruise boat. The breeze off the river was very "brisk" and it was a fun way to keep my ears warm.

Wearing a sherpa hat in Europe

Wearing a sherpa hat in Europe
Yes it got very cold up there on the top deck!

LET'S CELEBRATE

There's nothing like a hat to make you feel a bit fashionable or funky (or in the case of me in the Sherpa hat it might be feeling a bit frumpy?) So, if you get the chance today, put on a hat and head out the door with a smile. It'll be Summer in Australia soon and sunhats will be on everyone's heads - not quite as much of a fashion statement as a felt hat (although we do have our Acoubras), but at least we'll be doing our bit to be sun smart. 

September 15th is National Felt Hat Day - Here's a little about hats and me

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14 comments

  1. Hi Leanne! Who knew? I had absolutely no idea that such a day existed but I do love how it shows ways that different countries and cultures celebrate. Of course where I am living it is summer and FAR too warm to wear anything but a ball-cap when doing sports. But I do think you look adorable in your hat photos! ~Kathy

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    1. It's the same in Australia Kathy - I never get to wear a winter hat - just a sunhat to try to slow the wrinkle formation and sun damage down! But it was a fun excuse to remember Europe :)

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  2. I'm loving your 'National Day' posts, Leanne. Who knew that all of these special days existed? So fun, please keep them coming!

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    1. My hubbie's writing one for my next week Donna and Sue is doing one later in the month - they've been fun.

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    1. Nearly as good as Positive Thinking Day - and you get to wear a hat!

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  4. I didn't know there was a day to celebrate felt hats! Back in high school, I used to wear a man's felt hat because I thought it made me look cool. I'm not really into felt hats now, but I do rock a good wool or knit beanie. And my winter go-to when real warmth is needed is a Sherpa style sock monkey hat!

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    1. You sound nearly as cool as me in the hat department Jennifer - I'd love to see you in the sock monkey hat!

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  5. Our winters are very cold, but I've never considered a felt hat - sherpa hats are big here (because of the snow skiing) but I rock a fleece beanie when I'm outside. Our weather dropped 20 degrees yesterday; it looks like I'll be finding my hat soon. Thanks for the fun post!

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    1. It's so strange to think of other people's weather getting colder while ours is starting to warm up Melody - and 20 degrees is a lot!!

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  6. Love your felt hat!! Thanks so much for stopping by!! I appreciate your kind words!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. My pleasure Deb - your garden was amazing and puts mine to shame!

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  7. Hats are perfect for any season!! In the summer they keep the sun off us, and in the winter they keep us toasty!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. and funny to think that we both wrote about hats within days of each other Jodie :)

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