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February 19, 2009

Just talking about hats...

I have never considered myself a 'hat' person...for a long time I eschewed them as looking too try-hard and I hated the thought of having my line of vision obscured by a floppy brim.
However for some reason I have had a total turn-around and now I'm hat crazy!

Perhaps it has something to do with these stylish people


I fell hard for Daul Kim's Y-3 hat. That swooping brim is insane-this whole outfit is one of my all-time favorites but I digress..


The Glamourai doing what she does best-that is, being glamorous of course. I love this jaunty two-tone cap with her rounded glasses. 



Maria Felix dripping in Cartier=BEYOND WORDS, have you ever seen anything like it? I haven't...that hat though, that hat! If I could find one just like it I'd wear it everywhere. 




Dropsnap.jp (AKA the only website in the world that matters) is an endless source of hatspiration. 

But probably the number one driving force behind my sudden hat obsession is....

CA4LA is a chain of stores in Japan specializing in stylish hats and head gear. I found out about it a while back when I was researching cool things to check out for my trip to Tokyo this summer.

The website is in Japanese but you can run it through Google translator if you want to read. I have been blindly clicking my way through often enough that I can navigate it in Japanese! Haha. 
(For those of you in London, I believe there is a ca4la there if you wanted to check it out.)


Just go to their website and look at the amazing selection of hats they have!
Here are some of my favorites:



See what I mean?
Who wouldn't go hat-crazy with a selection like that? Unfortunately for me, most of my favorite styles are sold out. I especialy love those spotted fur ones and that sweet beret!
I am eagerly anticipating visiting CA4LA when I visit Tokyo this summer. 

Until then, I have a meager collection of just two hats.
One being my tartan Rugby Ralph Lauren beret and the other my rabbit-fur felt Helen Kaminski hat.


Tonight I wore the aforementioned Helen Kaminski hat...with an organza skirt from Anthropologie, a wrap belt from Boulevards boutique in Tulsa, and a vintage 70's edwardian style shirt.

Yes, I am now officially a mad-hatter.

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Photo of Francesca

I'm also thinking of adding more hats into my everyday wear. I'd love to see how you'll incorporate them. Gorgeous pictures by the way!

Photo of connie hsiu

oh stunning! i love them all :)

Photo of The Six Six Sick Girls

I'm hat crazy too, especially for rabbit-fur felt. It's the best quality you can get. I love your Helen Kaminski number, it's like a soft Stetson.

xxx,
Tiffany

Photo of Keren Alshanetsky

Ooh, that second picture houses one perty hat. ;)

Photo of Brigadeiro

Ilove hats, buy them, and then feel I look incredibly silly in them...I recently bought yet another hat (a floppy one), and am trying to convince myself that I don't look as bad in hats as I think...

I love your rabbit-fur felt hat, and every outfit you've worn with it ;)
xx

Photo of Brigadeiro

PS. The outfit picture didn't show up for me before, but now I see it...what an amazing photo! The house is looking absolutely gorgeous! :)

Photo of lizzy

those hats are awesome, and your outfit is very victorian-esque. i like

Photo of Eva

Since a recent photo of Karla (from Karla's Closet) was posted on her blog of her wearing an over-sized hat I've been loving them loads lately as well. You look cute as always in yours :)

Photo of Nicole

I never wore hats (other than toques in -20) until I started working in a bakery... Now I have loads- including a very tacky but oh so awesome arabesque turban toque! Its all about wearing them with confidence. I might have to step up to some giant floppy hats to continue my winter over-the top old Hollywood toppers into the summer months.

On another note... I resent Japanese men.

They always look better than I possibly could in a crazy outfit I wish I could come up with!

Photo of Sabrina

I have so many hats! I don't know why I never wear any of them. The poor things.

By the way, I love your home, it's so inspiring.

Photo of TamZ

Ohmygawsh you look adorable! Love that outfit! I'd totally wear it :]
By the way, is that your mannequin? [i hope that's what it's called. haha] Because I really want one but I don't know exactly where I can get it... :]
Thanks!

Photo of sd

i think the hat works
and i had a phase too where i always had to wear a hat b/c i felt naked w/o one
but now i'm kinda out of love w/hats
...mostly cause i had limited options to choose from haha
and a hat can only be worn so many ways

Photo of noah

HATS ARE SO TASTY!
YUMYUMYUMYUMYUMYUM!

Photo of Sarah Klassen/Haute Design

Love the hats! I recently found one identical to the red beret you have featured at a great vintage shop...Great outfit too, that skirt is gorgeous!

Photo of megan

i had a hat phase this past summer where i bought random hats (well, two to be exact) and my friend gave me one as well. i felt so cool walking around boston with my straw fedora and then my neon floppy baseball cap. but i never ended up debuting the straw band hat i bought on etsy that i'd pined away at for so long. i guess i didn't have the balls. or my head is too big. probably the latter.

i'm glad you have discovered a new love of hats. perhaps a new blog...hole? of hats? anyways, it's good to get excited about something new (i rarely feel excitement so hold onto that feeling!).

Photo of arline Jernigan

I love hats, but I go through stages in wearing them.

The composition of the photo you took is great, as is the color.

Photo of Ayesha

I'm so not a hat person, it's very rare to find a hat that suits me, but i'm completely coveting a lovely fur hat that I hope to op-shop (thrift) in the near future!

I think that red beret would look super wonderful on you!

Photo of Kayla

Jane!
I'm an avid reader of all of your blogs, your mum's as well, and I just *adore* your style.
I found this website that I seriously think you need to check out. It's called Holly Whirl and it's the site for a consignment shop in St. Louis (I think??) BUT this is their site for their top of the line exclusive vintage-y things and it's FABULOUS! I think you and your mum would have a lot of fun checking it out! Enjoy!
www.hollywhirl.com

Photo of moder antoinette

That edwardian blouse looks perfect on you. I understand your newfound passion for hats, they are so practical when you're having a bad hair day!!!

xoxo
Stephanie
www.modernantoinette.blogspot.com

Photo of Corie

there's a red beret at american apparel if you're desperate for one...

Photo of Shen-Shen

Your blouse is amazing amazing amazing.

Photo of cindy

i have so many hats but i never wear them. my favourite though is a crochet and straw fedora. it's great in the summer. i can't get over how amazing the mongolian lamb coat is in that first street style image. i think if i owned that coat i'd never take it off.

Photo of gennie

your dining room is absolutely breathtaking!!!

Photo of Christina

love the colour green.... mmm.... looks just perfect with the dress form.

Photo of Mel

I have a hat fetish too! Gosh I really want to get some 1940s styled hats. Love your Helen Kaminski hat! I think I have a hat like that. Wow I love your outfit!!! I'm crazy about 1970s blouses right now, and that Edwardian one is absolutely gorgeous!

Photo of Lainey

I absolutely adore hats. It's my go-to for accessorizing, and I always feel so confident when I wear one. I love yours...it's very romantic.

Photo of Clea

If you're looking to expand your collection, your should definitely check out hat designer Eugenia Kim ( http://www.eugeniakim.com/ ). She makes really amazing hats (I especially covet a rose beret called the Marlena). I first heard about her through this video post ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwMqskpFY1g ) by a girl named Christine who works in a hat store.

Photo of Denise

Your pictures are always tasteful and adorable! Who said a shoe obsession was unhealthy, anyhow?

Just thought I'd like to point out Matthew Williamson's interesting new shoe for Fall 2009: http://thepopfix.com/2009/02/20/fashion-round-up-seeing-double-and-cowboy-boot-sandals/

Photo of Sydnie

Your website is absolutely wonderful! I read about it in TeenVogue and just had to check it out. Seriously, you're going somewhere in life. Hopefully, I am too! I have my own fashion blog called 'Take Me Out to the Runway'. It's not very well-known now, but I'm hoping it might be soon! If you have a free minute, I'd appeciate your feedback on it. One more question before I go ... how did your blog become so popular, other than being great? Thank you so much, and good luck in the future!

Sydnie

www.takemeouttotherunway.blogspot.com << My blog!

Photo of jenny

hello! i love your blog. you are a pretty amazing young woman. keep it up, please!
my question is alas not about all the lovely clothes or the hats, fabulous though they are. my question is about the "house" you are always photographed in, is this your house. a studio, ?? please do tell. i have a blog mostly dedicated to home decor and such and i am always drawn to the pictures of yours. please do tell.
thanks millions
*jenny

Photo of momo

I just adore your site and your eclectic style!! I have totally fallen in love with your Dries Van Noten tribal beaded sandal that you've worn in several posts now. I don't think I've ever lusted after a shoe as much as I am now! I would seriously save up all my money to buy a pair, but I cannot find them online anywhere! Do you have any idea if there are any more for sale? I've been thinking about just buying some plain black sandals and super-gluing beaded pieces onto it, but it's such an undertaking!

Photo of Jeff Johnson

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Photo of mr. freddy's mom

omg!
i'm very inlove with your whole outfit.

Photo of ava

Hi Jane, I really like the hats. Hats have been on my mind too. I love this outfit you are wearing. I really love your sense of style. Now I am inspired to wear hats!! I sent an email to you, Thank You Jane! You're the best. - Love, Ava****

Photo of Jill

I have the La Dona watch because of Maria Felix...she was such a character. Don't shy away from hats. You rock them!

Photo of tanya

I love this look! That skirt and the blouse really play up the hat perfectly :-)

Photo of Serena

Okay, I apologize because this is totally off topic, but I just came across these octopus cups and I instantly thought of you and your love for all things graphic and ocean-y! You can find them here: http://www.supermarkethq.com/product/octopi-cup. Also, I've been checking out your blog regularly for a few months and I always love your styling and am envious of your ability to wear such teetering heels without tipping over! Please check out my fledgling blog if you get a chance!

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Photo of Myra

I absoulutely hate hats unless the are utilitarian, like a warm hat in winter. Hats def. look to try-hard. Fedoras need to go die somewhere and ever come back.

Photo of Emy.

I love hats! Welcome to the club, lol. All of those hats though, are amazing! And the outfit, is killer.

Photo of Jade

WOW, I thought your last post had become my inspiration, but I was Oh so wrong... this is amazing! It's like you are living all my fashion dreams out for me... I am going to hunt for a shirt like this on my next flea market run... Beautiful!

Photo of lis

Maria Felix! Damn girl...what has your mom been spoon feeding ya...I mean that in the best possible way! Anywho I heard through the grapevine that you love Yohji Yamamoto. Doc Martens and Yohji Yamamoto have created a collaboration. The Docs are made useing fabric panelling over the toe which means they will weather and wear differently to the usual all leather boots. CRAZY Grl Jane....

Photo of ediot

great outfit youre wearing! youre such a doll.
and i love this post. inspires me to want to wear a hat..

Photo of frida poncelet

Adore Maria Felix, she was a very elegant woman.

Photo of Kay

I really like the hat in the second image, I think she has the attitude to pull it off.
Ahh and the second spotted fur hat is so good.
Your hat is very classic as well (:

http://thestitched.blogspot.com

Photo of Lara

actually, all of a sudden it ssems like there is so more interest in hats. personally, though, i think its really hard to find a good hat(unless its just for function) because 1.the ones i like most are out of my price range! and 2.i'm too fussy and fiddle to much, so i hate stuff that would flop around or go in my eyes. right now its freezing, so all i'm wearing is a mohair beanie from Gap!

Photo of Nicole

Etsy is a great place to look. Check out these sellers for a fantastic, one-of-a-kind array of great (and reasonably priced! natch) hats: olmec2164, flapperdashery, and my personal favorite (whose cloche hats are to die for and who also makes gorgeous, unique dresses) lizarietz.
A general search, a grand romp around the handmade and vintage sections, will also, I'm sure, yield some great hat options. I love your blog and your mom's. I'm a writer who works a lot in fashion as well and find both your styles inspiring.

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