Vintage hats were the first things that I collected. I inherited a black 40s hat with a diamond/pearl studded wing from my friend Janet. The camp we were attending was using it as a skit - but I wanted to wear it. In the 70s, no one wore hats. To me, they represented glamour and sophistication.
I am still obsessed. I buy them at flea markets, garage sales, antique malls. Sometimes I wear them - and other times I just can't resist their unique styles and shapes. They are like pieces of art. We have a line of vintage hats and fedoras (that we wear) on our bedroom wall.
These are a few of my favorites, and I try to find reasons to wear them in public.
Of course, I'm happy to have married a man who looks handsome in a fedora. He has quite a collection of those as well!
Perhaps they remind me of Audrey Hepburn, my favorite actress of the era. Here she is, looking fabulous in hats of several eras:
Someday, maybe hats will be back in fashion. Or, I may have to move to England!