Wednesday, July 23, 2008

A Bee in the Bowler Hat.





"I've met another man. He's the best man I've ever met. He's bright, handsome and he's crazy about me. And, he's married. There's only one thing; he doesn't like my hat."




The Unbearable Lightness of Being is, as I think I've mentioned before, one of my favorite movies (in a terribly stubborn move, I've honestly never liked the book quite as much, for once!). Though I've never felt particular kinship for Sabina there is no possible way not to be in love with her hat and her penchant for wearing it. I think it's quite possible that 90% of what I wear is in some way a nod to a favorite character sometime. Eventually I will compose a post on this fact, I think.
Also making their debut: jeans! Not just pants, but honest-to-goodness jeans! I wear pants and jeans about once a week, usually when it rains (although that changes when the weather is cool enough to wear tights again), or occasionally to work. I still don't feel exactly right in jeans and pants. The last time I bought any was at least a year ago and before that it was about two years. I've gained a bit of weight since then and have tossed said pairs in the wash several times, so now most of them are just a tad too snug to be totally comfortable.

I think part of my problem with jeans and pants is I never feel dressed enough in them. Most of my tops are t-shirts, and those I try to wear with skirts, so jeans usually end up with blouses in an effort to feel more put-together and feminine. It's also certainly a confidence thing. I feel I can hide more in dresses and skirts--a misleading statement since it is not that I want to blend into the background, but rather disguise those parts of my body I'm not thrilled with.

I digress, and return to hats. This is to be the year of hats, I think, although perhaps it is too soon before fall to tell. Hats are good for me. They require confidence, work, and they feel somewhat literary. I feel like images of writers and authors in my head wear hats when they are doing normal-life things, and a hat is such a useful thing for a character. Oh, the kinds of hats they might wear! And that they could do with it, how they could touch it or wear it, if a hat was lost or stolen, a loved one's hat, not to mention the wonderful work of hat-making. I don't know just yet if it is, but bee-keeping and another fantasy activity, millinery, are combined today.

18 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love how you pinned the bee on the hat, a surprising little detail.

    I've been craving a hat, lately. Or a peacock headdress, whatever.

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  2. seriously, i'm right next to you on the hat bandwagon. over the past month i've collected quite a few woven hats from thrift shops, and my next step is getting comfortable enough with them to wear them out of the house :)
    i LOVE the idea of adding a pin to the hat. high five!

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  3. what an adorable hat!! :) in fact, I love your whole outfit!

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  4. i am so ashamed of myself right now, i never knew a movie was made! thanks for this, so now i know :]

    you got yourself a great hat, gives your outfit a whole different look.

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  5. Wow again! I didn't even realize the bee was in there! How amazing! Hey do I remember that it's your birthday at some point soon, or am i making that up?

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  6. I too am a fan of the bowler hat....I got mine from a menswear booth at a state fair.

    But once I wore it to a film shoot (just being stylish, you know) and an extra ran away with it for the whole day. I had to break into his car to get it back!!

    I wear it with a press pass in the hatband, or sometimes with a giant green jeweled pin stuck in the center.

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  7. The bee in the bowler is adorable!

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  8. I love it! I'm so jealous of your bee. :)

    Unbearable Lightness is one of my all time favorites too. The bowler hat from that movie goes down as one the most legendary accessories. The two are synonymous with each other.

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  9. that hat is so cute! i love the bee!

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  10. Like I said on Flickr, I adore the combination of the bowler shape with that unusual yet so becoming colour.

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  11. love that hat! i might have to steal it from you =)

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  12. aww. the bee in the hat is terribly cute! i wish i could wear fancy hats.. sadly i cannot quite pull them off..

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  13. that's such a sweet outfit and the hat makes it peerfect!!

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  14. I think I am the same way as you with dresses. I find them much more comfortable and the a-line skirts I usually wear hide my thighs!
    I love the hat, especially with that bee pin. I saw a vintage dragonfly brooch the other day and I think I should have bought it now! The wings were on springs too!

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  15. Oh. I feel exactly the same way about hats, there is something about wearing one that inmediately takes me back to a different time, making me relate to others who have worn a hat just like me.

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  16. One of my most favorite books. Huzzah! Love your bee by the way!

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  17. woaw really cool hat with the bee on it !

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