Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Ghost of Easter Hat

Deja vu - my Easter ensemble circa 1977 is uncannily similar to my weekend brunch outfit, though my choice of "accessories" has changed!
This weekend I was fortunate to take part in a delightful Spring champagne and chapeau brunch hosted by a dear friend. Hats were de rigueur, and as I chatted with other guests about all things millinery, someone asked if I had always been a "hat girl." 
The heart shaped heels on these shoes from Amazon are everything, and they're very comfortable. I added the aqua shoe clips to coordinate with the dress.
In truth, I didn't truly embrace the hat (baseball hats excepted) until my mid-twenties. Specifically, it was during a trip to San Antonio with girlfriends the weekend after I took the bar exam in 1999. We went to an art fair, where I met a local milliner and fell in love with a handmade embroidered linen sunhat. When I put it on and looked in the mirror, I felt! After that, I was all about the hats.
Dress (Jessica Howard, Amazon); Cardigan (Neiman Marcus)
Yet, last night when I was looking at photos from the brunch and thinking about Easter, I suddenly had the strongest sense of deja vu...and after a bit of digging through a drawer of old photos, I uncovered the Easter Sunday photo taken on the sofa (or the "davenport," as she called it) at my Grandma Spangler's house circa 1977. 
Heart shaped sunglasses complement the heart-shaped heels, and my Kate Spade champagne bucket purse was a "must" for a champagne brunch. The hat is from Steinmart, but was a plain white base - I added the aqua details.
I had to laugh at the similarities between my brunch outfit and the dress/hat combo I sported as a five year old, from the aqua and white color scheme right down to the ruffles. I guess I was a hat girl just a few years earlier than I thought...though the "accessories" have evolved from stuffed chicks to champagne!
A huge thank you to my beautiful friend, Christy, for hosting a fabulous Spring party celebrating champagne and chapeaus (and for teaching me how to saber a champagne bottle!)
Wishing you all a peaceful, joyous Easter celebration filled with His grace (and maybe a Reese's Egg or two).
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
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  1. I adore your hat! Viewing your photos, I hear the song Easter Parade in my mind…”You in your Easter bonnet with all the frills upon it.” And yes, definitely you were born to be a “hat girl”! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful creation with Hat Attack!

  2. That is such a wonderful dress. I like the sky blue and white combination and those shoes are just perfect! Going to try this on next Easter.