A dear old aunt of mine who had been a milliner all her life, used to say that if a woman had a becoming hat the rest of her clothes didn’t matter so much. A hat, she said, was the frame of the face and as your face was the most important thing about you, the thing people looked at the most, it was most important that it be properly framed.
At the time I subconsciously discounted the value of her opinion by the fact that she had been so wrapped up in hats all her life that she had gotten an inflated idea of their value in the scheme of things. But the older I grow, the more I come to realize that the hat is the most personal, individual thing in one’s wardrobe. It seems to associate itself more closely with the personality of the wearer than the suit, the blouse or the dress.
— from Hats Again by Ruth Cameron, 1917
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