Fashion Over 50s Lifestyle

Bringing back the Hat!

November 1, 2023

Last week, Min from Write of the Middle launched her Wednesday Words & Whimsey a weekly link up. I love the word Whimsey. It is a light-hearted word, a word that makes you want to step out of the ordinary and do something different. I’ve been stepping our of my comfort zone lately and trying new things, including modelling lingerie!!

Another blogging friend, Gail from Is This Mutton? hosts her WOW on Wednesday each week.

So adding Whimsey and WOW together I decided to write about hats because hats can be whimisical and certainly have a WOW factor.

Am I a hat person or not?

I have always thought that I’m not a hat person and never thought they suited me. I remember growing up and we had to wear hats to church. It was in the late 60s/early 70s and big floppy hats were in fashion along with flowing floral dresses.

My Mum, before she married, was a Milliner and this became a handy skill when my sister and I started dancing. Not only did Mum sew all of our costumes but she came up with some pretty creative hats, fascinators (before they were called that) and headdresses to complement the outfit. She was very talented but alas like many women of her time, she put her career aside, married and became a stay-at-home Mum. At least, I suppose, she was able to use her creativity through our dance recitals.

I said ‘I’m not a hat person’, yet as I was writing this post I was reminded of many times I have worn a hat of some description. This is an example of the stories we tell ourselves and let the limiting beliefs kick in. I tell myself ‘hats don’t look good on me’, ‘I’m not a hat person’, you know what I’m talking about – lacking self-confidence and pulling ourselves down by listening the the Mean Girl in our head. It’s a bit like telling ourselves ‘I’m not creative’ yet we are all creative in our on way as I discussed in a Women Living Well After 50 Podcast interview, Reigniting your creativity – even if you can’t draw

Fashion Over 50 – Bringing back the Hat

Hats for Fashion

Of course, hats have been a fashion statement over the years. No self -respecting woman in the 40s & 50s would be seen without a hat and gloves. The Roaring 20s had the headband with feather and elbow length gloves which always looked glamourous, especially with the addition of a cigarette holder. As society became less formal the accessories such as hats and gloves became a thing of the past apart from those who could pull off a jaunty cap or hat or wear a beanie for the cold weather.

Finding the right hat or fascinator to wear to Horse racing events such as The Melbourne Cup in Australia and Ascot in the UK is as important as the dress. Most of us in Australia have attended Melbourne Cup parties and managed to find a fascinator at the last moment – because a Race Day without a hat is just not on! There have been some very creative, albeit impractical hats and headwear over the years.

Hats can bring out the fun side to your personality

Lately, I’ve stepped out of my comfort zone, updated my wardrobe and on a whim purchased a cap in a menswear store. I felt a different person when I put it on and wondered why I had been so reluctant to don a cap or hat and wear it as part of my wardrobe.

For Mike’s 60th we became The Don and a Flapper

Themed Hats

For our family Christmas get-together, we always don our Santa & Mrs Claus hats for Festive fun when handing out the gifts to our grandchildren.

Hats for Sun Protection

Over the years, I’ve avoided hats although living in Australia and running as a form of exercise, I should be wearing caps to protect my skin from the sun and do try to remember to wear a running cap which definitely isn’t a fashion statement. The old advertising campaign as the core message of the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program for skin cancer awareness of Slip, Slop, Slap comes to mind. ‘Slip on a top, slop on some sunscreen and slap on a hat’ became the catch cry especially at sporting events and during Summer. In 2017 this was extended to Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide to reflect the importance of seeking shade and sliding on wraparound sunglasses to prevent sun damage.

My grandsons are always reminding me about wearing a hat ‘where is your hat, Nan?’ is always the cry as we leave their house. With their fair skin they never go out without a hat and their Mum and Dad have taught them the Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek and Slide message well.

Hats for All Seasons

Heading to Europe for a River Cruise in November means warm clothes. I love this Red Beanie with matching scarf to keep me warm.

Red Hat and scarf - bringing back the hat

Do you wear a hat? What is your favourite style? I’m open to new suggestions.

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way


  • Reply leannelc November 1, 2023 at 10:37

    Hi Sue – you look lovely in all your hats. I have a favourite sunhat that I won’t go out in the sun without – it goes with everything, shades my face well, and doesn’t blow off easily – all important ticks for me. When I was in Europe I also wore a hat that I bought there because it was SO cold, but other than that I tend to be bare headed most of the time (oh….. and my scooter helmet – but that’s never going to be a fashion statement!) x

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:45

      Thanks, Leanne. A scooter helmet could definitely be a fashion statement especially if you colour co-ordinate with your scooter! x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections November 1, 2023 at 10:50

    Hi, Sue – I love hats of all kinds and typically have one on when I am outdoors regardless of the season. Your hats all look fabulous on you. Keep wearing them! <3

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:45

      I was surprised at the number of occasions I’ve worn some version of a hat, Donna. I love my new pink one from Fella Hamilton and the drivers cap which I’ll be taking on the trip. x

  • Reply marsha57 November 1, 2023 at 13:20

    My daughter and I always liked going to one of the large department stores in town around Easter time and trying on all of the confections! Then, the prices went up, and the hats went into the locked cases! I like to wear hats if I know I’m not going to have to take it off. They just flatten my already flat hair so badly! I did just get a new cloche so look for it on the blog soon! This was a fun read, and I enjoyed reading your mum was a milliner!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:48

      I’ve not thought about trying on hats and I don’t really have a huge selection, Marsha but I do love my drivers cap and my new pink sunhat. x

  • Reply Toni Pike November 1, 2023 at 15:21

    Hi Sue, I’ve been so enjoying all your fashions, really looking fantastic

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:49

      Thanks, Toni. I’m enjoying putting the fashion shoots and posts together with Mike’s help as photographer of course 🙂 x

  • Reply Jennifer Jones November 1, 2023 at 16:04

    I’m not at all a hat person Sue. I will wear one if necessary on the hottest of days but I’d rather not. I do like your pink hat. It looks lovely on you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:49

      I’m getting into the habit of wearing my hat especially for running and walks, Jen. Hats are really called for in fashion these days but I do love my new pink hat and my drivers cap. x

  • Reply Debbie November 1, 2023 at 16:50

    Sue you are MOST definitely a hat wearer, how lovely do you look in each and every one of those photos??

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:50

      Thanks, Deb I was surprised at the different hats I’ve worn over the years. I’ve started to enjoy wearing them especially the pink hat and the drivers cap. x

  • Reply mireille November 1, 2023 at 22:48

    I have several berets I need to wear this fall. My mom gave me two beautiful ones from France. I definitely wear beanies a lot in the winter cold days. I reach for hats more when I have a bad hair day! I love the men’s cap and I should find one, love the style.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:52

      Hello Mireille! Lovely to meet you and thank you for your comment. I did wear a beret when I was much younger and remember it was a red one. I love my men’s driving cap and also my new pink sunhat. Both will get lots of wear I’m sure. x

  • Reply Joanne November 2, 2023 at 02:52

    You look great in hats! I rarely wear them; though I will wear them in winter when we’re going to be outside for any length of time and I have been trying to be more intentional about wearing sun hats when I’m outside in summer but I have a harder time with them since I often feel like the brim is getting in my way.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 2, 2023 at 08:52

      I’m trying to be more intentional with my hat wearing in the sun too, Joanne. I do love my new pink hat and also my driver’s cap which I’m packing for my upcoming trip to Europe. x

  • Reply Min Write of the Middle November 2, 2023 at 16:31

    Hi Sue, what a great bunch of photos! I nearly fell over when I read these words: “My Mum, before she married, was a Milliner” because so was my Mum! Isn’t that funny?! I have to say that I love hats. I think they suit me too. I rarely go out of an evening and so don’t have hats for evening wear but I have a nice selection of straw hats and bucket hats and sun hats of all kinds. I have one or two little fascinators for Melbourne Cup day (only time I’d wear them). I love a beanie and knitted/crocheted hats too – loved wearing a selection when over in New Zealand. Thanks so much for linking up again with #WWWhimsy You support is always very much appreciated. xo

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 3, 2023 at 08:41

      Hi Min, when I started writing the post I searched for photos of me in hats and it was surprising how many times I’ve actually worn them. I do love my new pink sun hat and it will get quite a bit of wear during the coming Summer, I’m sure. What a coincidence that our Mum’s were both millliners? My Mum was a great sewer to and made all our costumes for our dancing. Alas I didn’t inherit that trait x

  • Reply Janine November 4, 2023 at 07:54

    I think you are definitely a hat person! They certainly suit you in all the different styles you have tried. I feel I’m not a hat person but I do wear a cap or floppy hat for sun protection purposes but never as a fashion statement. The only time I did wear them for fashion was during the ‘80’s when Princess Diana made them a fashion statement.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2023 at 07:00

      Thanks, Janine! I’m starting to feel more comfortable with hats and of course in Queensland a sun hat is a must! I had a Princess Diana hairstyle for a while LOL 🙂 She certainly influenced fashion didn’t she? x

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton November 4, 2023 at 16:45

    Hats definitely suit you! You’ve made me re-evaluate hats. I only wear them for functional reasons- sun protection or winter warmth. I went through a spell of wearing hats with outfits but I didn’t think they suited me. Will try again. Thanks for linking – I love the idea of wow and whimsy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 5, 2023 at 07:02

      Hi Gail thanks for the compliment and perhaps I’m being convinced by readers that Hats do suit me! I also liked the idea of WOW and Whimsy – a great combination which fitted both your link up and Min’s. x

  • Reply Nancy Andres November 8, 2023 at 12:37

    Hi Sue, What a cute post and you look swell in every hat! I love hats too and have a zillion to choose from (a little exaggeration). Saw this post at Inlinkz-286-senior-salon-pit-stop. My posts this week are #108 through 111. Please take a look-see. Nancy Andres @ Colors 4 Health

    • Reply Sue Loncaric November 9, 2023 at 08:13

      Hi Nancy, I know you are it colour and hats so I’m pleased you appreciated my post. x

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