Flashback Friday: Hat Attack

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Once upon a summer, my granddaughter and I made a video of my hat collection. Since then there have been a few new ones to add to my collection like the ones above and more berets. (My grandchildren call me Mimi.)

All my berets are thrifted and it’s great to have them in a variety of colours. Cost varies from $2 to $5 each.

I made my first hat when I was 12; a gray tam o’shanter which I upcycled from an old skirt that I had outgrown. Upcycling was very common in WWII years; my mom had told me how they would never throw things away, but find ways to make something useful out of anything. I also started crocheting–a skill my mom taught me–and made some hats as well as many other things during my teen years.

gray tam o'shanter

I used to have a few hats, but ever since I started blogging and have my own dressing room, my collection is growing. I’m not sure if it was blogging or my dressing room that is responsible for my millinery assortment. Either way, I now have room for them, and my granddaughter, friends and I have fun with them.

Thrifting has also contributed to my hat attack and I’d say most of them are second-hand even though some look brand new. Then there’s my husband who is an expert thrifter and just can’t resist a bargain, he found most of my berets.

I have summer hats to protect me from the sun and winter hats to keep me warm during the bitter-cold weather. I want my hats to be more than functional, I want them to be FUN and fashionable!

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Thanks for stopping by!

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21 Responses to Flashback Friday: Hat Attack

  1. Jodie says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one whose hat collection has grown so much!! But there are such wonderful ones at the secondhand stores many times!!

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  2. Hi Carmen , I love the name your Grandchildren call you Mimi !! It is great to check out hats at the thrift stores . Congrats to you making your first hat from an old skirt!! Upcycling is a lovely way of repurposing. I am glad you have the room to spread out your hats , an easy way to see ” which one will I wear today ?” Fun and fashionable is the way forward , a good motto to go by whenever we put an item on our bodies. You look amazing in all the outfits! Have a lovely day, Terri xo.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much Terri! It was my first grandchild that called me Mimi. In the meantime, I’ve heard other grandmothers called Mimi too. Having a dressing room really makes a difference. Someday I plan to do a post of my dressing room. Fashion is fun!



  3. josep-maria says:

    Beautiful collection of hats, dresses and outfits. A demonstration of elegance, class and style. I like them all, because nobody fits as well as you.

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  4. utesmile says:

    Hats do suit you so well, I think all of them really, also your lovely granddaughter. It was fun wathcing the video with you two. Sure it was fun making it. :-).. I love the hats for Summer with the big rim to keep the sun out. I do like hats too, in Winter really to keep me warm. So lovely to see all your hats, Carmen.

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  5. purpleslob says:

    Lovely!! How wonderful you made so many of your own!! My Granny adored hats!!

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  6. I’ve never felt attractive in a hat. They kind of scare me, because they send focus to the face. I need to get over that, because wearing a hat is a sign of confidence, as well as protection! Your hats are fantastic.

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    • carmen says:

      Thank you so much! That’s a very interesting perspective. I wear hats mostly for function: warmth in winter and shade from the sun in summer (because I can’t use sunscreen). That being said, I would only need two hats. 🙂 However, I like fashion so I want them to be stylish.

      Another reason is that hats are great on bad hair days and so I feel that I am hiding behind my hat.

      I don’t feel overly confident in general, but I think you have a point, I do feel a little more confident when I wear a hat but didn’t make the connection. In that case, let’s wear our hats! Who doesn’t want confidence?

      Bet you look terrific in a hat! 🙂


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  7. finbarsgift says:

    Wonderful hats!
    What a fine post 🌟
    Thanks for showing!
    Herzliche Grüße vom Lu

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  8. Maccabros says:

    to say it with Joe Cocker – You can leave your HATS on – … 🙂

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  9. I like all the image and I attract to your site

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