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