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Chapter II: The ideal hat--choice of colour, shape, and material,   pp. 25-29 PDF (1.1 MB)

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"A    WOMAN'S crowning glory is her hair " indoors, but out- 
  A   of-doors it is undoubtedly her hat. Hence the choice of 
her headgear is a most important point for the consideration of 
every woman, no matter whether she be buying a hat ready- 
made, or what is far more interesting, is thinking of making it 
herself. For the hat to be successful it must not only be the frame, 
as it were, for the face, but must harmonize with the rest of 
the wearer's appearance, of which    it forms so important 
a part. A smart, suitable hat will often redeem indifferent 
raiment; and, on the other hand, unsuitable headgear can ruin 
an otherwise elegant appearance. For example, the replacement 
of a large hat with sweeping plumes, as part of a Stuart costume, 
by a modern policewoman's helmet results in a tout ensemble 
farcical in the extreme. 
   Many women have the natural gift of knowing what to wear 
and how to wear it. When planning a new costume or dress, 
they can not only visualize it as a whole, but grasp instantly 
the style and colour of the hat to go with it. To other women 
the vision is not so clear, and often when they want a hat they 
buy or make one that proves quite unsuitable. As a means of 
avoiding such disappointments, let us consider the requirements 
of what may be termed the " ideal hat," suited to every face, 
figure and occasion. 
   The four main considerations are its (1) Colour, (2) Shape, 
 3) Material, (4) Suitability-to the occasion and the wearer. 
   COLOUR.-Students of millinery frequently find that their 
greatest difficulty in choosing a hat is to select a colour at once 
becoming to themselves and appropriate to the clothes with which 

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