The hat, a piece of millinery that was once a signifier of class, gender and occupation, has evolved over the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries into a desirable fashion accessory; and the perfect finishing touch to any outfit. Established in 1773, Christys' London have been the makers of hats that are synonymous with British craftsmanship and impeccable quality. Many of their designs have been worn on the heads of British icons, including Winston Churchill, so with this British brand, you are sure to find your perfect hat for every occasion, every day and every evening.
Whether you're having a picnic within the grounds of a national trust garden, taking a stroll on the beach, or enjoying a cocktail on a rooftop terrace, a hat should always be incorporated into your outfit. We take a look at some rather stylish designs that will without a doubt, compliment and complete any look.
In the early 20th Century, the Fedora hat was an extremely popular choice for ladies, particularly those who were involved in the women's rights movement, and it did in fact, become a symbol for their plight. This hat also became a popular choice for men, when it was worn by Prince Edward in 1924, whilst it seems that in the following decades and to this day, the Fedora has always been a desired hat choice. Take for instance, its popularity during the prohibition/ gangster era, the hat's frequent appearance in 1950s Noir films and its resurgence in the 1970s and 1980s, mainly because of its appearance in the Indiana Jones films. It is perhaps unsurprising then, that the Fedora has come to be seen as a means through which one can portray their sense of masculinity.
Despite this, it still remains a popular choice for women. Kate Moss', Mylene Klass', Jessica Alba's and Brittany Spears' public appearances with the Fedora, serves to reinforce that this is very much the case. Furthermore, the word Fedora actually derives from the title of a 19th Century play written by Victorien Sardau, Fèdora. The heroine of this play, was Princess Fèdora and she wore a centre creased soft brimmed hat.
Not only can the Fedora be worn by either sex, but it is extremely versatile and can quite literally, be shaped to suit one's individual style.
With its rugged high crown and wide brim, the Christys' Fedora hat can be purchased in a variety of colours and at a reduced price. It's perfect for those smart/casual looks and can help to transform an outfit into one that simply, oozes sophistication.
Next, it's hats off to the Panama...
The Panama hat is a summer wardrobe essential, giving a classic and sophisticated touch to any outfit. It is perhaps most strongly associated with Wimbledon, Lord's and of course, Glastonbury festival. It is therefore, perfect when sipping on Pimm's, eating strawberries, or having a good ol' boogie to one of your favourite bands.
The Panama hat is made from the toquilla palm plant which is native to Ecuador and assists in the creation of a fine and lightweight weave, whilst also being extremely durable.
The name for this hat originates from the construction of the 48 mile long Panama Canal in 1881 and served to link the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. Many of the Ecuadorians who were working on this project shaded themselves from the sun by wearing a lightweight and sturdy hat. When photographs of the canal's construction circulated the globe, it prompted many to ask, 'Where can I get one of those Panama hats from?'
Traditionally, the Panama hat's design is made with a wide brim, similar to the Fedora's shape and is decorated with a rather plain ribbon. Christys' Panama's however, in vibrant and alternative colours have produced a rather stylish twist on a traditional, timeless favourite.
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