Confession time! When I realized this week’s link up would be a blog about our favorite winter hats, I knew I was in trouble. I figured I would either have to quickly move some place where there is a true winter or stage a series of fake pictures for this post.
Then on Monday, fellow Style Me Blogger and fashionista Carrie at A Lovely Little Wardrobe upped the ante with pictures of the cutest winter hat and red jacket combo. What was this desert dweller to do? I really started to panic. Even toyed with the idea of posting a blank page!
Then I came to my senses. Like the good librarian I am/was, I decided to Google, I mean research women’s winter hats – just to see what everyone else wears on their heads in the winter. Lots of lovely images came up but I was really impressed with the darling selection of millinery offered through JCPenney.com. Pages of colorful berets, beanies and newsboy caps and tassel hats. And best of all, almost everything was on sale!
So today I took a field trip (former teacher talk) to JCPenney’s to check out their wares in person. I was temporarily side-tracked by the over-sized cardigans in icy, pastel colors that were strategically positioned right inside the doors. Cyndi Spivey featured some darling versions of this L O N G sweater on her blog post today. You can see them here. There, in the Juniors department of my Cielo Vista JCP was one over-szied cardi that had my mouth positively watering – a cotton candy pink color in an eye lash knit with big boyfriend pockets.
Ah, oh, I just looked and it is available online and on sale!
Wouldn’t that be divine with my new Loft camos?
But I digress…back to winter hats…but not before I slipped on a very cute camel-colored cape, just to see how I looked in one. My bff Sharon wears the cutest panchos. She had a beautiful blue one this summer that really complimented her olive Italian complexion. I liked the cape but it was full price, $50.00. Over my budget. And could not be fashioned into a winter hat – even though it had the cutest little hood. (And thankfully, it isn’t available online – I just looked, whew!)
So the hats. That’s right, the hats, the hats. I hung up the cape and turned the corner and there were the winter hats. Thank goodness. I would have been in trouble if I had had to wander to much farther into the store. No telling what I would have come out of there with!
They had a large selection of scarf, glove and beanie ensembles, in all kinds of colors. But if wearing a winter hat is kind of pushing it here in El Paso, wearing a hat with matching gloves and scarf would be moving from the sublime to the ridiculous. I tried very hard to reel in my ADD OCD and LMNOP. Concentrate, I told myself. Concentrate.
Then I saw what I had come for – the cloche hats. I learned this fancy French term from my youngest daughter Lauren, during the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge. While everyone in the challenge was wearing and loving a fedora, Lauren introduced the group to a cloche – or maybe everyone else knew what a cloche was.
If I am going to wear a winter hat, I want to wear something that makes a statement. Something that says I know how to keep my head warm in style. So I tried on a number of cloche hats and here they are for your entertainment pleasure:
Now that I look at these hats, maybe they aren’t cloches after all. Oh well, it makes me feel very Parisian saying that.
My winter coat is gray so I wanted something that would work with it. I thought the little leopard number was awfully cute but wasn’t sure about the brown and black with my gray coat. Despite all of the challenges I have participated in, I still tend to be a little matchy-matchy. So here are the two winter hats I decided on. The one on the right is actually just a furry headband but we can call it a hat.
I look rather maniacal, as my husband Paul would say. Crazy eyes on one crazy lady!
When I got up to the register, I learned that both hats were on sale, and then I had $20 in JCP Rewards so the grand total for the two was $4.06. My bargain shopping mother would be proud.
I will leave you with a few parting shots of the closest things I have had to a hat in winters past. Be nice.
So there you have it. The good, the bad and the ugly. Be sure to stop by to see my Style Me Blogger friends and their winter head wear, once you stop laughing. And be sure to sign up for our giveaway below!!
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