Wearing Art – National Hat Day 2014


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

Coco Chanel

Today is Hat Day!  Let’s celebrate by digging into our closets and donning a hat to commemorate a tradition that has come down through the centuries. It seems that hats first appeared in ancient Egypt, if we are to believe a Thebes tomb painting, which shows a man wearing a conical straw hat. Now, every time I wear my straw hat, I will remember that, like those that came before, I am merely repeating the act of seeking shelter from the heat of the sun. Nothing has changed; the sun continues give warmth to our world.

Generally, we identify art as a visual, tactile or audio occurrence, an external stimulus rather than an internal idea or action that stems from reflection. The simple act of wearing a hat signifies a creative expression. From Fez to Beret, Gatsby to Panama, Stetson to Sun or Top hat, we display individual, artistic thought.

We all know the Fedora of Indiana Jones, the Ascot in My Fair Lady, the tweed Deerstalker of Sherlock Holmes and the Bowler made famous by Charlie Chaplin in The Tramp. Today, with my hat at a jaunty angle, I created my individual artistic statement. As Coco Chanel once said, “I don’t do fashion, I AM fashion.”

Perhaps the first step to understanding art is to recognize that we are all artists.



Published by Rebecca Budd

Blogger, Visual Storyteller, Podcaster, Traveler and Life-long Learner

26 thoughts on “Wearing Art – National Hat Day 2014

  1. I very bad at warring hats, but love them, they are a beautiful piece of art. I just thought Charlie Chaplin, his mustache and hat were his trademarks so I live you with one of his quotes…

    A day without laughter is a day wasted.
    Charlie Chaplin


    1. I always liked the way Frank Sinatra wore his hat! To me, it was a symbol of his music, his attitude – “I did it my way.”

      “Cock your hat – angles are attitudes.”
      Frank Sinatra


  2. I don’t wear many hats, but my husband has tons … at least 25 … of what I call baseball caps. I don’t think he ever bought one. Different businesses etc are always giving out free ones. Free is good. lol I wear one of his to shade my face when going for a walk.


    1. “Sleeping with the Enemy: Coco Chanel’s Secret War, by Hal Vaughan claims she was. It came out in 2011 – haven’t read it, but you can be certain that the House of Chanel took exception to theory and provided evidence to the contrary. I hope you wore your hat or cap for Hat Day! It was rather chilly these days, so I’m celebrating “hats” every day!!! 🙂


      1. Yes, Yes, Yes! It counts!!! By the way, Babushkas are growing in popularity. Remember Doctor Zhivago? They are colourful and warm – Dare I say, dramatic! Hat day is inside and outside!! It was cold on my side of the world, so I wore a toque contraption with flaps!


    1. I love that hat!!! It keeps me cool as it flops around in the breeze. I have decided that 2014 will be National Hat Year. I even have a red one that goes with a purple cloak. How is that for artistic expression!! 🙂


      1. It seems, from a quick search, that the feather in a hat symbol is found in several cultures: It signifies honour and achievement. Remember this tune:

        “Yankee Doodle went to town,
        Riding on a pony;
        He stuck a feather in his cap,
        And called it macaroni.”

        Anyway, I will look for a feather and wear it proudly….


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