Monday, September 15, 2008


The hot summer is at an end and so is the wearing of all those straw garden hats. During Fall Hat Month (September), men and women are encouraged to put aside their straw hats and begin wearing felt or fabric hats that are seasonal for the fall. Hat-related activities are also encouraged too.


Who celebrates this holiday?

Both men and women wear hats and hats have been a part of our history for years.

A hat may be worn for protection against the elements, for religious reasons, for safety, or as a fashion accessory. In the past, hats were an indicator of social status. In the military, they denote rank and regiment.

There are hats for men and hats for women, as well as hats worn by both sexes. Purveyors of men's hats are called hatters and purveyors of women's hats are called milliners.


Origin of this holiday?

This holiday is referred to as a "National" day. However, I did not discover any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Nevertheless, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate. So have fun with it and celebrate it!


How can I celebrate this holiday?

Buy yourself a new fall hat! - Department stores will pack in the fall and winter hats that are just perfect for the season. Better yet, visit my friend and wonderful hat designer/milliner, Polly Singer, for an original couture hat.

Note* I had never heard of the observance and was so tickled to discover this.


willow said...

I love this! And I think I might just need a new hat to celebrate. I actually saw a lot of really nice ones in TJ Maxx the other day, believe it or not! ;^)

steviewren said...

I wish I looked good in hats. I love a slouchy cloche.

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

What an excellent discovery! I wonder if Australia has anything similar on the history books? Hats are still popular in the country but not so much in the cities.

Rebecca said...

Willow, I really like T.J. Maxx and saw some great hats at the store in Franklin,TN.

Rebecca said...

Stevie, I'll never forget your Tea lady with cloche drawing..I still laugh over that...

Rebecca said...

Kalianne, let us know if you discover that Australia has an observation like this...I think it's so wonderful and wish it would catch on more around here, too. We have random hat wearing in my area. Of course on Derby day they're widely worn and we have ladies in church wear them sometimes. I really wish more women would return to wearing hats. They're so timeless.

Lavinia said...

I remember some other posts you did on hats a while back, with photos of a new hat you'd purchased, I think. Yes, I see my black hat with the purple flower, is looking a little dusty. Time to dust it off and t'is the season...and the holiday!

You know I have a bigger than average head and I have the worst time finding hats that fit. I notice the hats this fall...the cloche is making a comeback...remember your post on the cloche? A classic that never goes out of style, really. I wish to find one that fits my big ol' head.

Kalianne@BygoneBeauty said...

I remember when the older ladies at church wore hats. We don't see that anymore. Horse races are big in Brisbane. Ladies dress to the nines hats and all! A splendid parade of fashion and colour.

Mmm said...

My wife looks great in hats--her favourite being her beret but for me, alas, they jsut don't work at all!

Betsy said...

This makes me want a hat! :) I just can't get past the hat-head you get...and once it's on your head, you must wear it all least that's how it is with my hair! :(