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Date: 2/20/2014 6:52 PM UTC

Why choose your Kentucky Derby Hat before your outfit?    Because it will make it easier to assemble your Derby outfit!  Then with "hat in hand" go shopping for your dress!  
About your outfit:  Go simple in style and print...plain or bold designs will not compete with your hat and smile.  The Derby is ALL about the HAT! Pick up a punch of color with the hat trim...flower or feather.  I can customize the trim on most of my hats.  If you already have your outfit and it is a floral or graphic pattern, choose the color of the hat to match the background and pick a dominant color in the print for the hat flower. 

At you will find information on choosing a hat style and measuring your head.  Pictures of Ladies in their HAT-A-TUDE Hats are in the Photo Galleries.

Email or call toll-free (888) 832-0630 if you would like a free consultation.  NOW is the time, while I have the time to help you.

Order early...Free UPS Ground shipping with HAT-A-TUDE.  Express shipping is an extra charge...far better to spend money saved on a new pair of shoes!

Kathi, Your Hat Designer
More than a Hat, an Attitude!

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Date: 10/22/2013 7:36 PM UTC

Which Hat Brim Style/Size is Best for Me?

Some guidelines I use to help you choose the most flattering Hat for You:

A tall or larger lady can wear a lot of hat. A petite lady will find a smaller/lower crown hat more flattering. This refers to the overall size of the hat not just the inside diameter. I specialize in fitting ladies at either extreme of the scale:  Extra small to XL head sizes and tall to petite women.

The Style hat that looks great on every Face Shape is the PICTURE HAT.  It is just a matter of choosing the correct BRIM SIZE for you.
Kentucky Derby  6" Brim Hat with Pink Lily
Kentucky Derby Hat / Black 6" Brim A hat should generally be no wider than the width of your shoulders. Broad shoulders...wide brim hat; narrow shoulders...shorter Brim Hat.  An exception is the 8" Brim Picture Hat (often called a "Cartwheel Hat")...then it is the DRAMA!

 Picture Hat  8" Brim 
Picture Hat  4" Brim
Picture Hat 6" Brim

Picture Hat 5" Brim

My next blog will explore some other brim and crown styles.  

Let me help you choose your perfect hat!
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Date: 8/22/2013 6:15 PM UTC

How To Wear Your Hat.....


So how do you wear your Hat?
A hat is meant to frame your face.  The brim should be parallel to your eyebrows (unless wearing the hat at an angle or jaunt) and a finger's width above them.  Handle your hat with both hands by the brim, on either side of the crown.  It will damage your hat to pinch or crush the crown.  Holding your hat, look inside the hat and line the label up so it will be centered at the back of your head when you wear it.  Place the inside front edge of the hat on your forehead and put the hat down and back setting it down ON your head firmly.  Adjust its placement in front of a mirror.  Some hats look good with a little "jaunt"or angle to the brim.  Do not wear a hat on the back of your head!  It will only blow off.  It is generally more flattering to have the sides of your hair back from your face (behind your ears), since hat and long hair closes in your face.  

How NOT to wear a Hat?

Wearing a hat improperly distracts from your face and your look.  In most magazine pictures it seems a hat has been plunked on the head as an afterthought. A picture speaks a thousand words!  What is wrong in the picture below?   It shows how NOT to wear a hat or your hair with a hat....This fedora is on crooked, plopped on the back of the head and her hair is hiding her face.  Read more at


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Date: 10/11/2012 6:51 PM UTC

This year at Ascot a fascinator was only acceptable at the event if it covered 4 inches (note 4 inches minimum) of the head.  Kate Henry on the Hat Academy site asks a question to define universally what is a fascinator/cocktail/headpiece?
According to one response " Pieces made with combs etc which are less than 4 inches in circumferences are HEAD PIECES plain and simple.   A fascinator is a headpiece, a style of millinery. The word originally referred to a fine, lacy head covering akin to a shawl and made from wool or lace, but mostly feathers. In the modern usage, it refers to a woman's alternative to hat for formal attire; it is usually a large hair decoration on a band or clip with elaborate trimmings and decoration like a formal hat and it can incorporate a base to make it a miniature hat.  Today, a fascinator may be worn instead of a hat on occasions where hats were traditionally worn—such as weddings—or as an evening accessory, when it may be called a cocktail hat. It is generally worn with fairly formal attire."

Personally, I feel the line between a fascinator, cocktail hat and headpiece has become blurred.  In recent years (after Kate), fascinators became increasingly popular for the Kentucky Derby.  However, if you are going to Ascot be certain to check on the requirements for head "apparel"!   Kathi  HAT-A-TUDE.COM

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