Horse races, weddings, brunches--the perfect hat is a must-have accessory for any summer outdoor outing. Whether you're shopping for a hat to keep the sun off your face or just looking to make a fashion statement, local ladies, you are in luck!
When I first started planning my ensemble for the upcoming Virginia Gold Cup Races, I had a few dresses in mind, but as I scoured my closet, I realized I was coming up short in the chapeau section. I wasn't even sure what I wanted much less where to even begin shopping. There was one point, I even pondered going hat-less. For a girl who goes gaga over vintage hats, how was this happening?! It was time to do some serious shopping err research and find a solution to the matter at head (if you will).
Thanks to a suggestion from the ladies at Scarpa Alta in Winchester, VA, I popped into Bell's Fine Clothing to find quite the collection of chic chapeaux! These hats not only look fab, but will keep your face from freckling should you happen to be in the sun a tad too long. The price tags on these toppers, were also very budget-friendly. I snagged the black hat pictured above for less than $50!
If you're looking for something jaunty, that probably won't spare you a sunburn, but may win you a first place prize, Shepherdstown, WV, is home to some terrific toppers. ReFinements consignment boutique has a great selection of vintage numbers, that are sure to make you stand out in a crowd, should you, say, drink a few too many mint juleps and get lost. ReFinements is also home to this fabulous wide-brimmed vintage number from Saks Fifth Avenue, that comes complete with its original hat box!
While in Shepherdstown, stroll down the street to Retropolitan for even more vintage finds. Remember, just like shoes and purses, a girl can never have too many hats!
Bell's Fine Clothing
122 North Loudon Street
125 West German Street
123 D South Duke Street
Top: Pang Tubhirun, ReFinements
Right 1: Richele Cole, Bell's Fine Clothing
Right 2: Richele Cole, Bell's Fine Clothing
Right 3: Pang Tubhirun, ReFinements
Center 4: Pang Tubhirun, Refinements