Hat Statement | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Last Friday, I showed this cloth package. Inside there is something I bought at a store which uses new and donated fabrics to make new garments or “fresh vintage” as they call it. This store is in tune with the concept of saving the environment. Instead of giving away a paper or plastic shopping bag, this store puts the purchases in a cloth and closes it like a candy. I said I was going to disclose the content on my next Friday Fashion.

Here it is, a large pie hat with a few frills hanging in the back. The beauty and the attraction of the hat is all in the back. The front has only a large elastic black band.

And this is the way I wear it. What do you think?

Some people think one must have the right face to wear hats. Nothing can be more false, there is a hat for every face, just need to find it, maybe need to find it with the help of a designer who has a clinical eye and can balance all the lines of the body, skin textures, skin colors and shape of the head with the right hat.

Hats have many functions, from elegant, casual, and very sporty. They add an interesting element to the outfit, they hide a bad hair day, and add an aura to the face, with the hat one even assumes a completely different behavior and attitude. I believe we should go back to dress for ourselves first, and bring back that charm women had in the past. Are you encouraged to wear hats? Ciao,


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Valentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. She is passionate about colors and encourages her clients to express their individual style in their homes and with the clothes they wear. To better help people all over the world, she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
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Wear A Hat Like A Duchess | Valentina Cirasola | Designer

Girl-Pink-Green-1aWelcome to my Friday Fashion
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge looks always impeccable with her hats. With the bevy of fashion advisers buzzing around her, why wouldn’t she be perfect?
(Click on each photo to view it larger).

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What we see in the street it’s another story, not everyone is a duchess and not everybody has a face made for a hat. Out there we see a confused mixture of things and fashion faux pas. People wear everything in the latest fashion regardless of rules. To me the choice always lays only on what looks good on me.

Wearing a hat is not as easy as buying one and propping it on the head. One must understand the proportion between face shape, body shape, shoulders and size of hat, how color of the hat affects the face and how to behave when wearing a hat. Let’s see what some hat shapes really do for us.

The latest fashionable Panama hat with a small brim everybody wears looks good on tall and not so tall women as long as the face is oval. This is not a hat for a round face. The Borsalino, a hat similar to a Panama with a larger brim fits better a round face.


The floppy hat will swallow a small face on a short person. This hat is perfect for a tall woman with a wide open face or with an oval face and broad shoulders. The floppy hat must not be too droopy to the point of covering the face and it is not very becoming. Is there something to hide under there?  That is what I would think.

Urban Outfitter Floppy Hat(Urban Outfitter Floppy Hat)

A hat with wide soft brim should be contained within the shoulders as this one from French Connection (photo below).

French Connection Wide Brim

A wide turned up brim hat is not for women with a round face either, as it enhances the roundness of the face, but a turned down brim hat will disguise a wide face, it is perfect for oval faces and women with a short forehead. A forehead is considered short if the distance between hairline and eyebrows is less than 3” – thus this person should wear hats more towards the back of the head and not over the forehead.

My Hats

The face is the most important feature. We wear hats as a protection from the sun, to make an outfit original, to look stylish, to accent an outfit and to enhance the face not to suppress it. Colors will reverberate on the face. If the hat is black and the skin pale, the face will look even more pale with the reflection of the black color on the skin. If the skin has a pink tone stay away from yellow color hats. Shoulders come into this play as well. If shoulders are too wide and the hat is small, the person will be out of proportion and vice versa.
Fashion is all about proportions, we need to know how to build them.

Ball caps are for men and this is my opinion. Women wear them for a bad hair day, to a football game, shopping for groceries, or to stroll a baby in the park. Ball caps do absolutely nothing to improve a woman’s beauty.  I would suggest to leave them to the men and relegate the sweat suit to the gym only.

Hats determine the way we behave and walk. Have you ever tried on a hat in the store? Suddenly you feel different, suddenly you see yourself in a different light.
A hat almost imposes us to adopt a style that makes us feel special and completes our character.

Women have stopped wearing hats on an everyday basis in the name of freedom from frills and I am all for that, we all have a hectic life. What I don’t understand is why women have adopted a careless way to cover the body with clothes that often are not suitable for who they are. The way famous women dressed a long time ago still appeals to us and we are still admiring their style, why is it….? What are we unconsciously missing…? Maybe it is time to change. Ciao,


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Cappello GialloValentina Cirasola is a trained Fashion and Interior Designer, born in Italy in a family of artists. Style surrounded her since the beginning of her life. Her many years of experience led her to offer consultations in both specializations and now she can remodel homes as well as personal images. To better help people in the world she offers consultations online. She is the author of three books. Get your copy of Valentina’s book on colors: ©RED-A Voyage Into Colors on
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From Royal Hats To Garden Hats | Valentina Cirasola | Designer


It is so refreshing to see hats completing women’s attires again. I believe this year has marked the advent of a new era for hats. We have seen many extravagant creations on the stage of the British Royal wedding last April.  (Photo left: fanpop.com)

Some hats were awesome, some not so quite and some others puzzled me how they stood up on women’s head in a perfect balance, but they all had the goal to shock and amaze. After all it wasn’t a common day for business as usual, it was the day of the royal wedding, every guest had the license to overdue.

A couple of weeks later, at the Orticola Trade Show in Milano, I was happily surprised to see so many women in hats again, but this was a garden show, a place where vendors were showing their green novelties in gardens and orchards, flowers, bulbs, vegetables and the latest in garden technology. I truly loved the display of floral hats in all shapes, forms and colors, a display of elegance and femininity returning on earth. Women are feeling comfortable in their own skin again, no longer having the need to mimic men in any of their life expressions.

(Photo right found on: http://fioriefoglie.tgcom24.it/2011/05/07/inaugurata-orticola-2011-festa-di-fiori-piante-e-cappelli/#more-9022)

This year the trend of artificial flowers in communion with artificial food fetish is showing up everywhere, in jewelry, on hats, in dresses and even in the way stores display their fashion merchandise. A casual summer dress this year looks very flowery and colorful. The lightweight lends itself to the games that a soft wind might play between the fabric.

Artificial flowers made of silk and papyrus with a hint of perfume were already known in Egypt around 3000 B.C., also used by Greek and Roman women. During the Middle Age artificial flowers became so fashionable in upper class circles of France that Paris and Lyon became well-famous for manufacturing the most stunning creations of accessories with flowers, fruits and ribbons destined to embellish the already extravagant ladies’ dresses.

Fresh flowers adorned women and men’s body as well all through different historic periods.
During the Middle Age girls in age to be married decorated their head with a single wreath of fresh flowers, an indication of virginity.

During the Rococo’ and the French Empire Era women decorated their voluptuous dresses with fresh flowers and ribbons, while men’s final touch was to wear a gardenia on the lapel, a custom men continued well in today’s dressing: a gardenia for a tuxedo and a carnation for an evening suit.

Earlier, I mentioned how creative some trendy stores are treating the display of the merchandise in their windows this Spring. The usage of fruits, vegetables and some beautiful insects like butterflies instill harmony and peace in the shopper’s view, it doesn’t really look like they are selling. Selling is a real art, when selling with nature in mind, it feels good and inviting.

(Photo: Anthropologie)

I am loving the soft look of Spring and Summer collection this year, it is spiritual, organic, sexy and it is calling for love. You will find it also transported in the interiors of eclectic homes where natural fabrics and colors mix and blend with bricks or distressed wall finishes.
When in doubt, call the expert and I shall be here for you. Please leave your name in the box below. Ciao,

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Copyright © 2011 Valentina Cirasola, All Rights Reserved


Valentina Cirasola is an Italian Interior and Fashion Designer, working in the USA and Europe. She blends well fashion and interior in any of her design work. She loves to remodel homes and loves to create the unusual.
She is the author of three books available on
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