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  1. How lovely you look in your hat! I love the whole idea of hats, but they seem to always look better on other people. Those Red Hat ladies look great, don’t they? Thanks for the CROWNS link!

  2. You look great in that crown!

    I like the look on other people (and when we lived in SC we saw plenty of very high class AME church hats), although I confess I do not like the feel of a hat on my head. Parka hoods are okay in extreme weather conditions, but I do avoid the hats.

      • You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Methodist_Episcopal_Church. Basically it’s a black Methodist church that’s huge in the southeast/southern coastal colonial states. VERY well-attended (we had one nearby and I have no idea how they fit so many people in that building!), and everybody goes dressed to the nines–full suits, even on small kids, hats, sometimes with veils, and even gloves on the ladies. It’s a really interesting religious culture.

      • You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/African_Methodist_Episcopal_Church. Basically it’s a black Methodist church that’s huge in the southeast/southern coastal colonial states. VERY well-attended (we had one nearby and I have no idea how they fit so many people in that building!), and everybody goes dressed to the nines–full suits, even on small kids, hats, sometimes with veils, and even gloves on the ladies. It’s a really interesting religious culture.

  3. What a great hat, Melodye!! I love hats but don’t get to wear them very often except for my gardening hat, which looks a bit like( same shape) that but has a wide maroon plaid band around the crown and long streamers

  4. I tend to wear – and feel quite chipper in – sporty hats, like baseball caps and those ones that look like a muffin with a beak. Oh, and, of course, the hat I crocheted. Although it’s a bit hot for that one right now.

    I also tend to wear quite a few bandanas. One of my friends used to wear them in grade 7 and they seemed both so cute and so practical that I asked her if I could do that, too. She started off my collection with a pale orange one I still have today.

  5. Ooh, I love hats! Yours looks great! I’m kind of in the same boat as you though – I love them, but for some reason, not entirely comfortable either.

  6. The Red Hat ladies look quite stylish, as do you! 🙂 I love watching women who wear hats well. The lady who spoke at the Obama inauguration had a hat to die for.

    I look so dorky whenever I try, so it’s pretty much garden bonnets for me. They give me something to swat with 🙂

  7. You look so pretty in that hat!

    I think it’s part “hattitude” and part wearing what looks good on you. I wear a blue baseball cap that says Blue Hawaiian Helicopters, reminds me of my trip to Hawaii and makes me feel like a pilot. I kind of role play to feel comfortable.

    • I’m thinking I might be able to pull off the look if I add a few more spritzes of hair spray (and self-confidence) before trying ’em on. I think it really is all about finding the style that suits your face and personality. There was a scene in the play about this very thing… 🙂

  8. You look *wonderful*! I am a hat afficionado from way back, but at first I was shy about wearing them. And then in my late 20s I was told I had to wear them for medical reasons. At that point I figured I might as well take joy in them. And I do!

    • I suppose that, like anything else, you have to be willing to keep trying until it feels comfortable–or doesn’t.

      I love that you get so much enjoyment out of wearing hats!Do you have a full wardrobe of possibilities?

      PS Thanks for bolstering my confidence. 🙂

  9. You look just lovely, Miss Melodye! You know, I used to have more hattitude, but now the kids just laugh at me (oh, and hubby laughed at one of my favorites which didn’t help.) But hey who cares, right?! Look at those fine red hat ladies–I should take a page from their book. 🙂

    • Ah, Lorraine, you are such a sweetheart. But I’m outraged, I tell you, OUTRAGED that your kids and hubby snickered at your beloved hat! Fie on them, and wear what you please!

      FWIW, I’ll bet you look adorable in vintage hats–ANY hat with character.

  10. I love you in that hat! I think you have a touch of the southern belle in you there.

    Like you, I love the IDEA of hat but am never quite sure they are me. I used to wear a cowboy hat all the time. Now I regularly wear a straw hat in the garden. But I have this funky black hat I bought a dozen years ago that I just loved….I loved on me even…and then someone said to me that they just didn’t see me as a hat person and I haven’t worn it since.

    • Hee! You know, I’ve been told that many times, in different contexts. I consider that a compliment, so thank you! 🙂

      Boo on the person who passed judgment on you and your beloved black hat! You know, I’ll bet most women have stories of how they no longer wear/do this or that, based on similar remarks made in passing. We have to encourage one another to be more mindful, I guess.

      I hope you’ll find another hat you love as much, and that you’ll wear it proudly! And after all this, I’m thinking I’ll start looking for the perfect hat, too.

    • Hee! You know, I’ve been told that many times, in different contexts. I consider that a compliment, so thank you! 🙂

      Boo on the person who passed judgment on you and your beloved black hat! You know, I’ll bet most women have stories of how they no longer wear/do this or that, based on similar remarks made in passing. We have to encourage one another to be more mindful, I guess.

      I hope you’ll find another hat you love as much, and that you’ll wear it proudly! And after all this, I’m thinking I’ll start looking for the perfect hat, too.

  11. I love you in that hat! I think you have a touch of the southern belle in you there.

    Like you, I love the IDEA of hat but am never quite sure they are me. I used to wear a cowboy hat all the time. Now I regularly wear a straw hat in the garden. But I have this funky black hat I bought a dozen years ago that I just loved….I loved on me even…and then someone said to me that they just didn’t see me as a hat person and I haven’t worn it since.

  12. I actually think that hat looks quite good on you, Miss Melodye! It really does!

    I do wear a crown often… of course, it’s of the “ballcap” persuasion and not so grand as what sits atop your golden locks. 🙂

    • LOL!

      The main character a Brooklynite) wears a b’ball cap during much of the play. Talk about hattitude! It’s fun to see how she changes–and is changed by–her Southern sisters, who wear beribboned, befeathered hats.

    • LOL!

      The main character a Brooklynite) wears a b’ball cap during much of the play. Talk about hattitude! It’s fun to see how she changes–and is changed by–her Southern sisters, who wear beribboned, befeathered hats.

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