“HAT” is my “CROWN”!!!

The Panama Hat :

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Hello Hat Lovers !!!

I have been a “Hat lover”¬†and a collector from the sweet days of childhood. Hat is my favourite accessory and I own an enormous collection. From Fedoras to Visor, Base ball to Floppy Sun Hats, Derby Hats, Cowboy, Panama, Cloche, Beret, Golf cap, Trilby, Qawwali, Feather Hats, Regional Hats, and many more funky one’s – I have them all ūüôā and I wear them like a “Queen” wears her “CROWN” !!!

“A HAT is my HALO” !!¬†I love my hat collection because each one has a story and character of their own. Hat contains thought. It¬†reflects nobility,¬†decorum and pride.¬†

I would say a Hat is as important an accessory as a pair of sunglasses, shoes or bags. It protects from the harmful UV rays and also are a great way to protect yourself from weather conditions. It prevents skin damage, improves body temperature, protects hair from sun damage, protects the eyes from harsh sun glare and beyond that looks sexy and stylish without a doubt!! 

Adorning a “HAT ” reflects nobility and there is a subtle message of class, grace and tradition and it also equates to having an opinion. Come to think of it, a “Hat”¬†dignifies your demeanour. It is clearly a knack of carrying a “Hat”¬†perfectly and not many can pull it off with panache.

Hats have been a part of the uniform of the Military, Navy, Graduation Ceremonies, Sports, Noble professions and of course have taken over the fashion scenario for centuries. Remember the legend Gabriella Chanel Рshe knew it well how to look classic wearing a clouche and lacy hats with her timeless dresses. 

I believe you should let your Hat do the talking – none the less I am never short of words to express how special they are in my life!!

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Panama Hats :

These hats that I am wearing in different colours are Panama Hats and they are one of my favourite summer hats made exclusively in Ecuador. 

Ecuador was the first one to make them in 1800’s but Ecuador was not the high tourist destination in the 1850’s. So the clever hat makers from Ecuador took the hats to Panama to make more business. In 1800’s many Americans went to California during the Gold Rush times and Panama is where they first saw these gorgeous light weight hats and wore them on their journey making them popular and appreciated.

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

The hat makers sold hundreds of hats to the gold prospects travelling from Panama to California during the Historic Californian Gold Rush. When travellers were appreciated for their hats, they told the world they got them from Panama, making them popular as Panama Hats leaving Ecuador’s name behind.

Another reason of their popularity as Panama Hats is also because of the construction of the Panama Canal in the 1880’s. The canal workers would wear these light weight sun protecting hats and were photographed many a times building the canal. Soon their pictures were circulated around the world and the workers became famous wearing Hats from Panama.

White Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

White Panama Hat - Rupika Chopra

Many years later¬†The President of United States, Theodore Roosevelt was photographed many times wearing the attractive “straw hat” in PANAMA and there on, it was etched in as a fashion accessory from Panama¬†and it was too late to bring any change to that testimonial.

PANAMA HATS became a global fashion sensation for nearly 200 years and it continues to be one even today. A traditional Panama hat is woven with toquilla palm fibres by skilled artisans in Ecuador.

A classic “Panama Hat” is worn by both men and women. Mostly you will see them being adorned in the tropics and while sailing, the “White Panama” is a classic must have. So with the onset of Spring grab your Panama Hats and look uber cool.¬†

You can order it online from a trusted source or visit the store Wings and Maniki by Matte Hajselberg at The Boat Avenue, Phuket. 

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The Boaters Hat : 

Women's Boaters Hat - Rupika Chopra

Boaters Hat : 

A Boaters Hat is a summer hat both for men and women. It is made of a thinker weave of Sennit straw. It has a slit flat crown and brim that makes it unique bodied. The legend designer Gabriella Coco Chanel was the first one to wear a boaters hat to a Derby. She created one for herself for the Derby and made them fashionable for women to wear them anywhere in style. Coco Chanel always pushed the norm and created classic designs out of a boaters hat with lace and ribbons.

It became popular in the 19th century and was mostly used by the boaters to protect them from the heat of the sun. Then on straw hat was mostly worn for holidays and summer sports. Below is the hat that is the one worn mostly by men with a smaller rim than the one with the bigger rim mostly worn by women.

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Women's Boaters Hat - Rupika Chopra

Boaters hat is quite popular and it looks stylish with a band on the crown area. People would wear it to seaside outings, yachting clubs, picnics, sporting events. I love this Hat for its vintage elegance.

The thick band adds to its femininity. The black band also gives it a vintage touch. The wider brim covers the face and is appropriately designed for women.

Boaters Hat was also used as a part of the uniform in the 50’s and is still worn as a uniform in the United Kingdom in some schools.

Women's Boaters Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Wide Brim Sun Hat:

Wide Brim Sun Hat - Rupika Chopra

The Beach Wide Brim Sun Hat : 

The Wide Brim Sun Hat is simply stylish and is a lot of fun to wear on the beach and I love it because it protects your shoulders along with the entire face. Large Sun hats look very stylish with a coconut in your hand letting the heat off in the sun. It is rightfully also called the “sun helmet”.

I have at least 4 of them in different colours. It’s hard for me to say no to buying hats as I know I will use them so I don’t mind investing in good hats. ¬†They are very much like the characters around me. Funny, but true I have named my hats : Donna, Paula, Rebecca, Sunny etc giggles…..:)

Wide Brim Sun Hat - Rupika Chopra

Large sun hats look chic make a fashion statement. The large summer hat that I am wearing is made of straw but the one’s made with fabric can be worn with summer dresses and gloves as well. They look spectacular !! A large hat like this must have a comfortable inner lining as that makes it comfortable to carry it. A good hat is defined but the way its crown is designed as that defines it structure so always see how the crown fits on your head.

So this summer embrace yourself in a happy looking summer hat ūüôā

Wide Brim Sun Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Trilby hat : 

Trilby Hat - Rupika Chopra

Trilby Hat - Rupika Chopra

Trilby Hat : 

Trilby is a classic British Hat known for its narrow brim. They are usually made of cotton, linen and wool. Trilby when worn casually adds to the relaxed look. A trilby made of wool looks elegant when worn with some business suits. It is a hat that mostly goes well with most western casual and semi casual outfits as well.

The front brim faces upwards and the back brim is slightly lifted at the back. The Hat’s name was adapted from a play called “Trilby”. The heroine wore the hat on stage and the audiences soon started calling the hat as Trilby.

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There is a certain way to wear a Trilby Hat. Ofcourse the crown is well shaped but the way one wears it and talks a lot about one’s understanding of carrying a this hat.

It was known as the Rich Man’s hat in the 20th Century in Britain. It was a large part of the retro movement. Many rockstars were seen wearing Trilby’s and performing on stage. Trilby is a chic summer hat, worn mostly with casual attire. Just like I am dressed up in a cool white attire, the colourful Trilby is only adding vibrance to my look. So grab your Trilby now, it will never fail to make you look summer trendy.

 

Small Floppy Hat : 

Small Floppy Hat - Rupika Chopra

Small Floppy Hat : 

The Small Floppy Hat is one my go to hats as they not only protect me from the sun but are always easy to carry. This black Floppy Hat is a well woven hat and detailed with a jute string which makes it look vibrant. Basically any hat with a floppy brim is called a Floppy Hat. There is something so happy about the Floppy hats. The large Floppy Hats are glamorous in their own way. The small floppy hats have an easy going carefree boho vibe.

Small Floppy Hat - Rupika Chopra

Black is always sexy and a black hat like this can be easily worn with a casual attire. A large Floppy hat is really for the serious sun protection as that covers a larger area. This one is great to wear to a casual lunch by the beach or even for a walk anywhere. I find the small floppy hats perfect for fun occasions. So grab one for your fun holiday with friends and family.

Small Floppy Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Cowboy Hat : 

Cowboy Hat - Rupika Chopra

The Cowboy Hat: 

Ok guys…..I can scream my lungs out for the “Iconic Cowboy hat” !!

Something happens to my vibe when I don on my Cowboy Hat. It is truly my “real crown” as it¬†has much personality of its own. It’s structure is edgy and daring. I feel the hat talks to me and says, ” Go on bend the rules”. It’s upward bent brim makes it very special and distinctive.

I love this Hat so much that I can wear it to a party, a lunch, beach or a dinner…….. just everywhere!! Needless to say this hat is a must have for it is the first thing to get noticed.

Cowboy Hats have a high well defined crown and it’s curved rim sets it apart from others significantly. The Cowboy Hat is most famously worn by the Mexicans and is loved by the west and worn across the world with so much love. It has been quite popularly worn by the Country music singers ¬†and musicians in Mexico.

The First Cowboy hat was designed by John B Stetson back in 1865, during the time of the American Civil War. The Hat was also called the “Boss of the Plains”. No wonder I absorb it’s character and feel like a ” Queen ” adorning it.

Cowboy Hat - Rupika Chopra

It is made of Fur based Felt, Straw and leather. I love them in all avatars. 

A Cowboy Hat exudes confidence of a person who knows what he/she wants. Bands on the hat, accessories, feathers makes it a strong head turner. It’s equivalent to owning an outfit.

I can wear this hat any time. Yes! I love it so much that I can wear it on a saree as well:) But let me share my love for horses and of course for Horse Riding. I am not sure If my love for a Cowboy Hat lead me to love the horses or vice versa. I think each has a special place in my heart and I can’t compare the two. But the fact I love them both makes me feel like a conquerer!!¬†

So you have enough reason to grab on this “glorified crown” and soar the temperature.

Cowboy Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Visor Hat : 

Visor Hat - Rupika Chopra

The Visor Hat : 

Let me make a confession РI travel with a Visor Hat everywhere I go. Yes Everywhere!!!  

Visor is a surface that protects the eyes. Visor is a sporty hat with a strap encircling the head. I love the Visor as it is open on the crown area and is breathable. It has a wider brim than the other hats and it protects the face well.

It is easy to roll and pack in the bag and it never looses its shape when stuffed well. This is an everyday day hat for me both for a city or a beach. Protecting my face and skin are very important to me and this hat is high on utility factor.

 

Visor Hat - Rupika Chopra

Visor was invented by the man who invented the car “Visor” in 1924. The hat was originally called the “Glare Shield” as it was made to prevent one’s eyes from the direct glare of the sun.

It’s adjustable flap at the back makes it very easy to wear. This hat has a good inner lining like most hats do. Even though this hat is crown less it is stylish and looks perfect when worn for sports like golf, volleyball, softball etc. as it protects the eye from direct sunlight. It is happily worn at the beach as well.

If you travel a lot, then this hat is a must have!!!

So get wiser with the Visor ūüôā

Visor Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Qawwali /Anarkali Hat : 

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The Anarkali / Qawwali Hat :

Qawwali is a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music originating from South Asia and is popular in Punjab and Sindh regions of Pakistan. It is very famous in the North of India and being an Indian, I thought I could not give this one a miss, especially when I own a Qawwali Hat. It takes me back to an era feeling nothing less than an Anarkali:) .

Qawwali singers follow a dress code of a Kurta  and a short jacket and they wear this hat with much grace. It is an experience to witness the whole sufi performance as it is soul stirring. Sufism has a mystical belief that through their music the singers and listeners connect to the spiritual realm and experience the sweetness of divine love and power of God. 

Qawwali Hat - Rupika Chopra

You do feel special wearing this one as this takes you back to the Mughal era when Anarkali (who belonged to a Sheikh family from Lahore ) fell in love with the Crown Prince Jahangir. This hat does make me relate to the passion in their love story and reflects the poetic romance between the two. Look at me going all Sufiyana wearing it ūüôā

One can wear this Hat with wide pants and kurtas and adorn cool accessories like bracelets and chunky neck pieces. It would look great worn to a party!!

Qawwali Hat - Rupika Chopra

 

The Dainty Visor: 

The Visor Hat - Rupika Chopra

The Dainty Visor :

This Visor Hat is up on style quotient and femininity. It is a great combination of being sporty and elegant. I love the detailing on this Visor Hat and is perfect to wear it at the golf rounds. It’s nicely lined on the inside providing one abundant protection, keeping style intact.

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This Visor Hat is a dainty one and is feather light. I love hats that are a no fuss hats. More so Visor makes me focus easily while playing Golf or Tennis . White being a favourite colour this hat reflects a childlike innocence. It is a perfect one to step out anywhere in the day. It simply never fails to look cute and adorable on anyone. ¬†It makes me feel I can be lost in my own world. ūüôā

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The Baseball Cap :

Baseball Cap - Rupika Chopra

The Baseball Cap:

Baseball Cap is the most commonly worn cap in the world both by men and women. A baseball cap was part of the uniform of America’s favourite game – Baseball.

The main purpose of the cap was to keep the sun out of the players eyes and as a part of the uniform. It is also called “America’s beloved ” .

The first baseball cap was made of straw. ¬†It was first worn in the year 1849.¬†Then it was made of wool.¬†It is rounded and soft on the crown with a curved peak. It’s function is to protect the wearer from the sun, keep the head cool and also to set you apart from the rest. By 1900’s baseball caps became a rage for every young person.

Baseball caps are made of wool, polyester, cotton, denim etc. With more environment friendly fabrics available now caps are being made from bamboo cotton as well.

Like any other hat, a baseball cap is also worn as a fashion accessory than just a sun shielding head gear.

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If you have noticed the Baseball cap has eyelets for ventilation. I love baseball caps like all of you and the fact it can be adjusted according to one’s crown is fabulous. Any cap like I mentioned, has to be well cut and designed well on the crown. Whether it is a hard crown or a soft one, if the cap doesn’t fit you well it will loose its purpose. The art of Hat making is equal to designing a good outfit as it can make or break your personality.

In the 1980’s baseball caps were mostly made in a standard size but later they were made more practical with the adjustable strap.¬†

I love the D&G print baseball cap I am wearing. It’s a perfect cap for this Spring season. Baseball caps make you look cool, young, trendy and fun. It is a part of the casual wear.

You cannot miss looking at the most stunning baseball caps displayed at some designer stores like РPhiliP Plien, D&G, Gucci, Prada, Hugo Boss, Dsquared2, Burberry, Balmain, Givenchy, Balenciaga, Valentino, Alexander Mc Queen, Ralph Lauren, Adidas, Off-white , Versace, Monclear, Isabel Marant , Loewe, Stella McCartney, Puma, Nike, Moschino, and the list is endless. 

It is clear that baseball caps are never running out of production or style for the demand it has throughout the world. They are surely here to stay !!!

Baseball Cap - Rupika Chopra

 

The Bohemian Feather Hat: 

Feather Hat - Rupika Chopra

The Bohemian Feather Hat :

Feathers are a symbol of “Flight and Freedom”.

Feather Hats are worn by the “bold – bohemian” one’s who have the “warrior spirit” to carry it off. Bohemia is a region in Czech Republic from where the name Bohemian was derived. Being Bohemian is all about being an unconventional person particularly involved in art, music, creativity etc. Bohemian mainstream fashion is drawn from the late 60’s.¬†

This is a perfect festival hat for a free spirited girl, who doesn’t care for trends but makes her own fashion statement and feels like a “Bohemian Princess”.

The style I am wearing is the warbonnet which is best known as the Indian headdress today. They are worn by the tribes from Sioux, Blackfeet, Crow etc. 

It is a unique bohemian hat created skillfully, putting it all together with leather and feathers. This is an art deco piece which reflects the hippie fashion. I love the fact it is unconventional and represents the nomadic gypsies. One feels like a warrior adorning this one.

Feather Hat - Rupika Chopra

I am looking like the¬†“DAKOTA SIOUX WARRIOR” ¬†wearing this warbonnet. This hat was worn by the chiefs of the tribe of the American Plains Indian Nations and each time they won with an act of bravery, a feather was added to their coronet. These were worn at important¬†occasions and were typically made of Eagle feathers.¬†

 It casts an immediate spell on the wearer and you feel the liberation from the world of norms. A hat like this is to be worn to a festival and if you can carry this hat off with flair Рyou are cool in my opinion!!

One needs to have a special knack to carry this charismatic piece. The detailing is commendable and it is also not very heavy to wear. Yes, you cannot go all shaky when you wear this millinery.  Feathers play an important role in the belief system of the Native American Indians. Their belief embodies that all animals and birds have a soul and spirit. And wearing a head gear like this connects you with the divine through the feathers that act like an antenna to the high power. 

This is a piece of craft. Designing a perfect crown for this one is close to designing a jewel. I simply love the feathers hanging and draping from each side.

It was also shared with me that this one is a cruelty free feather hat so that was a happy information to¬†receive. We don’t want to create any damage to the beautiful birds for creating such pieces for sure.¬†

This feather hat reflects your personality, for just like this special hat – You are one of a kind!!!

Feather Hat - Rupika Chopra

Outfit : Zara , Shoes : H&M,  Belt : Hermes ,

Panama Hats : Instagram handle – Wingsbyhajselbjerg,

Others hats : Dalaya Boutique Р( Instagram handle РDalaya_Boutique) 

Feather Hat : MANIKI PHUKET РInsta handle РManiki_boutique 

 

 

 

Sailing in Stripes!!!

Sailing In Stripe - Rupika Chopra

The Breton Stripes ūüôā

Ola Everyone! So If you peep into anyone’s closet, you are sure to find a Striped T – Shirt, Shirt or a Sweater hanging in there. There is almost no one I know, who does not own a striped garment. It is like missing the basics in your fashion wardrobe. Stripes are simply cool and casual. There is something easy going about stripes yet they distinguish you from the rest impeccably. ¬†From black and white to colourful stripes they are scorching the runways for years now and in the present scenario Stripes are the real attention seekers. Skin fit dresses, pants, blazers, formal dresses in organza and silk etc. have been eye catching at the Fashion Weeks in London, Paris, Milan and New York.

Breaking the taboos of the past – Stripes have catapult itself to being chic on the high street fashion scene. Sailing in Stripe - Rupika Chopra

Stripes have come a long way from the Medieval times, when it was considered demeaning to wear them. During that time, it was a uniform worn by the prisoners, criminals including sex workers, clowns, jugglers etc. By the 18th Century, Europe witnessed this pattern as being accepted as fashionable by all. More sporty and casual attires were being produced in this design by then. Courtesy Queen Victoria, who in 1946 dressed her four-year-old son, Albert Edward in a sailor suit to board the Royal Yacht. Since then, stripes became the latest fad for one and all.

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The 1958 Act of France made it imperative for the sailors in the French Rivera to be dressed in blue and white striped woven jersey’s bearing 21 horizontal lines as their uniform, known as the “Mariniere”. ¬†This law was passed so that the men of the French Navy could easily be spotted incase of emergencies or was overboard.

The classic Breton Stripe (navy blue and white stripped) T Рshirts originated from a place called Brittany in France. Later in the year 1917, the famous french designer Gabriella Coco Chanel visited the coast and was taken aback by the striking stripes on the jerseys of the seaman. She then launched her Nautical Collection with Breton Stripe Tops and Jerseys and soon it became a rage among the posh heads as well.

By then Hollywood was smitten by these bar codes and you could see the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, Jean Seberg, Brigitte Bardot etc. wear them on boats and at leisure with much panache with high waisted trousers and jackets.

Sailing in Stripe - Rupika Chopra

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By the 20th Century, United States also gave up the badge of shame attached to this striking pattern and it became the coolest attire for the punk rock lovers who wore these striped shirts under their biker jackets.

Stripes look dynamic worn both to work or a night out. You can easily decide the vibe you want out of a this pattern …..you can always team it up with right accessories and ¬†change the look. In one of my blog posts I had mentioned earlier about how one can dress casual and formal in colourful stripes. Accessories change the whole vibe of an outfit. You can always choose to underplay or go blingy according to the occassion. My favourite stripe jersey is with blue and white stripes with an anchor made on it- it just looks spectacular when worn with white pants or shorts.

Horizontal, Vertical or Slanting – Stripes will always be the head turners !

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As you all know I like to break the fashion norms, so on my sailing trip to Thailand, I chose to wear the striped shorts which were high on comfort and style. You can team it up with a cool crop top. You could also wear it with a bikini top and dazzle.

My sailing trips are incomplete without my well made UPF hat and a good sunscreen with minimalistic make up. On trips like these I love to stay hydrated with coconut water and yes nothing surpasses the glow that comes from inner bliss. ūüôā

So next time you sail guys -don’t forget to match with the French Rivera style!!!

Happy Sailing !!

Outfit : H&M , Sunglasses : Lespecs , Hat : John Lewis