Some of you may be aware that I used to make hats for a living. I sold a lot of hats to people who walked away feeling fabulous. What used to get me, though, were the people who'd say "I can't wear hats" and then proceed to jam one straight down on their head and turn up the brim like Paddington Bear or Chad Morgan.
I mean, does anyone look good like that?
I used my Hats pattern for these (available from lots of my stockists). It was developed over 10 years and has been made in all manner of fabrics and styles. It has 4 brim widths and 3 brim finishes, so can be everything from a wide-brimmed summer hat to a little woollen cloche. It's a practical hat, designed to stay on the head even in a strong breeze, while still looking stylish.
Whichever way you make it, the way to wear this one is pulled down over the back of the head. If the brim is wide, it needs to turn up at the back more than at the front. It will still shade the neck and the sides of the face as it's brought in and around the back of the head, and it won't get bumped off on a collar or shoulder.
The mid-width brims can be worn in lampshade style, but the brim should frame the face, not cut it off below brow-level. It still needs to sit lower on the back of the head, even if the whole hat is sitting higher around the crown.
Or you can pull it down on the back of the head and flick up the edge of the brim to make a flattering line, following the arch of a sardonic eyebrow.a character from M*A*S*H, which isn't often the look I'm going for.
Even so, I pull it down at the back to make it frame my face (and stay on in a strong breeze). I make the best of it, not the Chad Morgan worst. But mostly, I reach for a style and colour that is more flattering. I'm just not a bucket sort of girl.
I know. I've made them. Thousands of them.