I watch lots of people try on vintage hats. Here is something I’ve learned: if you take a few minutes to find the right tilt, you will be much more satisfied with how it looks and feels on your head.
Frank Sinatra said it best: “Cock your hat – angles are attitudes”.
Take a tip from Frank-play around and experiment with how you wear each hat.
First, look at the tag placement-this is always the back.
Then angle it forward, backward and to each side.
Keep in mind that hats these days tend to be worn lower on the head, whereas you’ll notice in vintage photos that hats were often placed on the head and not pulled down. Give this a try.
Smaller hats and fascinators were made to be worn more on the side of the head.
If you’re wearing your hat high or far to one side, consider using a hat pin.
Berets shouldn’t be too neat or symmetrical; they look best worn slouched to one side or to the back. It creates a look that is relaxed but still stylish and polished.
Here are some photos of modern ladies in vintage hats: