I’ve talked about de-cluttering a lot lately.  Most of you know I’ll be moving soon to a small 2-bedroomed flat (or apartment as you might call it). I’ve been really good at sifting through so many things and not just clothes, but vases, plates, cutlery, books, yes, even books!  Because, what you have to say to yourself is why are these things there and why are you keeping them.

And as for clothes, I have absolutely got rid of all the clothes that I might wear, or could wear, or have kept because I really ought to, or just in case, or (worst excuse of all) because, you know, that cost such a lot. No!!!!  If you don’t wear it, don’t keep it!  And as for my hats, I did have quite a collection of hats. Which I loved, but mainly didn’t wear.  So most of those have gone.  I have kept what I do wear and here’s the hat I love the most.

And I do wear it lots – so it’s a keeper.

But this morning I happened to look through my pics folder at all the hats that have gone.   I felt a little sad but then, on the other hand, I mainly didn’t wear them.  So really…… why were they being kept!  I think you have to be a realist, when you move!  (And I’ll be writing more about this soon)  But the good and positive thing is I’ve given other people the opportunity to wear these hats and to love them as I did.  And also, I don’t sell stuff on eBay.  No, I want a charity to benefit as well.  It’s all good.

Anyway, the following photos are a homage to some of my hats who’ve gone on a voyage to another owner.  Once you were loved by me, and now I hope you are loved by another!

And I’m starting with this beauty.

But did I wear this out and about? Are you kidding me – it’s lovely but too formal.

Then this one, which is a perfect example of a hat that many English (I say that deliberately) women wear.

I bought this about 20 years ago, and wore it a lot in my 50s.  But it’s exactly what I don’t want to wear in my 70s as I think it’s, ironically, quite ageing.

And then there’s this magnificent fur hat.

Nope – actually it wasn’t that attractive on.

What a lovely hat this straw hat is.

Isn’t it divine?  But it was heavy and hot. So off it went, back to the charity shop.

Then what about this?

Another divine hat but bordering on the formal.  I’m after an edgy hat.  Also it’s navy.  And I never wore it, so it had to go.

I can’t believe I got rid of this one!

Yes, I got rid of that hat, the one that is my icon.  But did I wear it?  No.  And that’s my criteria now.

And then this was bought new.

But it had an awkward shape and the colour isn’t quite right.  So it had to go.

And what about this gorgeous red hat?

It’s quaint and altogether very vintage and you know what, on me, quite ageing.  And did I wear it?  No!

How could I possibly part with this one?

So beautiful, but quite cold to wear.  Did I……? No!

But this hat I loved.

You’ll be pleased to know I wore this hat until it fell to pieces in Barbados – I truly loved this hat.

And here’s the only hat I regret getting rid of (to a charity shop) as it would have gone down so well in Brighton.

On the other hand it was quite a nutty hat and I did see a pic of me wearing it where I looked a bit wacky, if you were being kind, or a bit batty, if not!!!  So out it went, but that was before I decided to move back to Brighton.  A pity, as it’s definitely a Brighton hat.  But you know what, no worries, I’ll get another one just like it!!!!

So there are a few of the hats that have gone to another owner – I know they’ll be loved.

That’s all for now, but do tell me if you have any much loved hats.

Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper

P.S Sharing with:

Judith at Style Crone and her April #hatattack session

and a new one:

Terri at Meadow Tree and her new sharing session of 2nd Loved 1st Friday #1



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13 thoughts on “A homage to my hats – the ones that have been sent back to be loved by another!

  • 7th April 2017 at 10:35 am

    Hello Penny, I’m Ann and I’m from Belgium, and I’ve just discovered your blog through Vronni’s. First, I must say that I think you are looking fabulous! I have quite a few hats myself, but I’m not wearing half of them. I should take a leaf out of your book, really, but I’m not very good at getting rid of things. xxx

    • 8th April 2017 at 7:26 am

      Hello Ann, it’s great to meet another hat lover! The thing is I probably would have kept the hats if I wasn’t moving. But I am, and actually I’ve found the de-cluttering quite cathartic. I’ve rather enjoyed the sifting through things. And at least the hats are not really discarded as they all went to charity shops and will be bought by someone who I hope wears them. I mean, one or two of the hats were so lovely they would be great for a wedding. Thanks for the comment x

  • 7th April 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I used to have an entire room that I decorated with hats—a few from my grandma, but most from thrift stores!! When we downsized, I got rid of most of them. I did keep a couple because they are the funnest accessories!!
    Loved this tour through your hats, Penny!

    • 8th April 2017 at 7:29 am

      Hi Jodie – great to meet you! I loved those hats but I just had to be realistic and I still have some hats – but the criteria is, will I wear it? That’s the way it has to be! Thanks so much for your comment – I’ve signed up to your blog! xxx

  • 8th April 2017 at 1:14 am

    I do love your tan fedora and it looks superb on you. This post is a wonderful retrospective of all the hats you have loved and shared with Hat Attack. All of these are so fabulous; thank you so much for participating!

    • 8th April 2017 at 7:30 am

      Thank you, Judith! I too enjoyed this retrospective. I felt sad some of the time but mostly grateful that I had the opportunity to wear the hats for a short time. Now I trust they’ve gone to new owners and are loved x

  • 8th April 2017 at 6:05 pm

    First of all Penny, thank you, thank you, thank you for linking up on my first venture. I will tell you that ladies like you were the reason I hatched this idea. You didn’t make me feel so alone in my charity shop ventures. It’s interesting that you kept the Fedora, because that is the style I feel most comfortable in. I don’t think I have as many hats as you did, because I am having to find new ways to wear them for Judith’s Hat Attack. I have been reading your blog so long, I really can’t remember where I found it, but my gut feeling is it was there. That first black hat would have been such a good Derby Hat in Kansas City when we have “Derby Day.” I have never gone, mainly because I just don’t have the right hat. Take care and I hope you have an easy abode change. Thank you again, and take care. Terri

    • 10th April 2017 at 9:50 am

      Hi Terri – I was delighted to comment and link into your new venture – very exciting! And it’s lovely, don’t you think, to get to know people that live so far away (I mean across the Atlantic, no less) and still be so similar in tastes and interests – it’s great to get to know you. And good luck with the blog link-up xxx

  • 11th April 2017 at 6:10 am

    You have an absolutely stunning collection of hats Penny and they are lovely. I am not a big hat lover simply because no matter how many I tried, i look horrible in them but you look lovely in each and every one of them

    • 14th April 2017 at 8:40 am

      Thank you so much, Anna! Yes, I have a face that likes hats. But I must resist buying any and every hat that looks good on me! The down-sizing move is making me a realist as to how much I can have – but I did love those hats and I hope others are loving them now.

  • 14th April 2017 at 8:21 am

    What a great homage to your hats. You wear hats so well! I yearn for the days when it was fairly commonplace for women to wear hats every day. I only have 2 hats (not counting all the ghastly hiking and bobble hats) so I’m always looking in charity shops for pre-loved hats.

    • 14th April 2017 at 8:41 am

      Thank you, Gail. Yes, I do look OK in hats and like you think I was born in the wrong era! Wouldn’t it have been great to wear hats all the time! I’m hoping that the people who bought those hats love them as I did – I’m sure they are. Thanks for commenting!

  • 19th April 2017 at 5:04 pm

    It’s good to look wacky….much better than looking boring! I loved the mustard hat! I also really like your fur and the heavy straw hat. I have so much trouble finding hats as I have a tiny head, sometimes Primani have childrens hats which fit but who wants to wear bright pink with sparkles aged fifty five?

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