Vintage hats and retro capes | Kristina x Emily

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Today I discovered that vintage hats make me self-conscious.

Well, any type of hat makes me self-conscious, actually. I don’t wear hats a lot (or ever), and while I desperately want to work vintage hats into my head-wardrobe every day (like this one, or this one, or THIS ONE) there are a few things that stop me. One, most vintage hats I find thrifting or antiquing are black or dark brown, which means you can’t really see them on my head. Two, nobody around here wears hats, except for sports fans with baseball caps, or hipsters with knitted beanies. Three, I haven’t quite figured out how I like to style my hair with them. And four… it’s hard to find the right shape for my face.

I thrifted a vintage cloche the other day, but it really, really does not suit my face at all. I tend to prefer the hats that have a wide brim, or are more headband-shaped, and those are generally the hardest to find — probably because they tend to be the most wearable.

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But I have a few vintage hats in my possession, and I think I’ll try harder to style them because why own cool hats if you never wear them? Pinning my hair up into a fake bob for this hat made me really, really want to cut my hair. I had a bob a few years ago when I was growing my hair out from a pixie cut, and I’m right at that stage where I don’t know if I want to keep it shorter, or let it grow to my waist again. Because I love long hair, but always end up wearing it in a messy  bun every day… and I like short hair, but always miss the length when it’s short.

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Cape, Emily‘s | dress, shoes, hat, brooch, and belt, thrifted | tights, Target

I hope you are all having a wonderful December so far! If you hadn’t seen it yet, all of us Shaped by Style gals are collaborating here on this blog to do Dressember. You can view our campaign page here, and learn more about it here. It’s a really great organization and cause, I think; having done Dressember on my own blog for two years in a row, I couldn’t decide this year whether I wanted to do it yet again. Ultimately I decided not to on my personal blog because I’ve done two years in a row AND worn dresses for most of my last pregnancy, so I’m ready to give separates a go! But I’m so glad we’re able to collaboratively participate on Shaped by Style! It gives me a way to still be involved in a great cause while also being able to exercise my own freedoms in the little way that is what I wear.

And Emily, I think another great cause would be if you let me keep this cape forever because it is amazing and I want it. ;) So, you know.

Happy Thursday!

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12 thoughts on “Vintage hats and retro capes | Kristina x Emily

  1. This look is incredible! You look stunning in these pictures :)
    I totally understand what you are saying about hats. It’s hard to find the perfect one and then I have questions like “Do I take this off when I go inside?” running through my head all day.


  2. I would gasp too! I LOVE capes! I have one other, and a coat that I THOUGHT was a cape until it got to me (online ordering, thankfully a sponsored item!) and I just really need more capes in my life.

    And, I think the best way to wear this would be with just the top button buttoned. It was falling off my shoulders when it was completely unbuttoned, but I like being able to see everything underneath!


  3. Thank you Justine! And I think my next trip to buy anything might just have to be for some hats! I know this great antique store that carries fairly affordable vintage hats, and I really want to get a few now that I’m more into wearing them. Plus, winter is the perfect time to incorporate hats into my wardrobe. I feel like it’s easier to get away with them in cold weather.


  4. Thank you! I liked having shoulder-length hair, but I think ultimately I want to grow my hair to my waist at least once more and maybe dye it a good bright color before I chop it off again. It’d be super fun to have long mermaid hair for the summer!


  5. Right? I think hats just have to be worn with confidence and you have to just… own it. Because MAN I really want to wear them; I absolutely LOVE hats from the 30’s-50’s but they are so obvious when worn that you can’t hide it so you kinda just have to own it.

    Haha, thanks! I’m so tempted to cut my hair, but I REALLY want some good long mermaid hair so I’m resisting. It’s hard, though.

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  6. Aaaah, this cape looks amazing on you! I literally gasped when I found it in the thrift store, because CAPES. For some reason I never thought to wear it unbuttoned like that (why? I don’t know what I’m doing) and I love the look you put together. Also: I feel you on the long vs. short hair struggle. The grass is always greener!


  7. I love everything about this look, Kristina! I agree with Hannah on the hats…keep trying until you find one that really suits you. The cape is beautiful on and I really love it paired with the dress you chose!


  8. Yep, vintage hats are weird. While most vintage clothes can be disguised as modern, hats are kind of a lost cause to me. If you wear a cloche, everyone’s gonna know it’s vintage and wonder if you’re in some sort of costume. Totally happened to me in a Wal-Mart once. Ugh! I wonder how they would have reacted if I had my Jackie O. pillbox hat on? lol

    Just keep playing around with them until you figure out what works for you. This look you’ve got going on is divine. Simply divine! And your faux-bob is just all kinds of wonderful.

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater


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