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Spring Women’s Styles – Not just for the Derby

Tis’ the season for beautiful straw hats! They have arrived in the stores and I am drooling over this year’s Spring styles. Big brims, bows and florals are on trend this season and my favorite picks are the more elaborate and unique designs.

Many people identify the over the top styles with the Kentucky Derby and Spring Holidays, but you don’t have to be going to a garden party to wear a head turning hat.  I took a look at some of the Spring women’s clothing styles at Madewell.com to put together some “Looks I Love” for the season.

Tomboy Button Down and Belfry Savannah - I love the idea of pairing a button down shirt with a flirty print skirt, but you can also wear this shirt with a pair of jeans and still be chic. This kind of classic piece lends itself perfectly to a cloche like the Belfry Savannah, with its’ neutral toffee color and big beautiful bow. This mix of feminine and boyish pieces creates a comfy and stylish look.

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Paisley Maxi Dress and Belfry Roxanna - I love a dress that has some length to it without having to hit the floor. This dress is a basic that is begging for accessories, a cute belt, a cropped jacket and the perfect hat. I chose the Belfry Roxanna to compliment this look continuing the trend of mixing masculine and feminine pieces. This unique green straw hat is great with navy and browns that will carry us from rainy Spring days to the sunshine coming soon.

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Scenic Route Shirt Dress and Makins Rosalyn - This hat is a show stopper without question. When wearing a hat like this, it is important to not over-do the look or you will look like you are headed for the races. A simple shirt dress in a dark solid color like a black or navy is trendy without being too much.

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Flirty Floral and Belfry Scarlett - The Belfry Scarlett is one of my favorite hats, so why not pair it with one of my favorite pieces this season, the flirty floral mini. The reason why I love a print mini-dress is because you can pair it with other pieces to completely transform your look. Add a blazer and tights to wear to work, add a cardigan and strappy sandals for date night, or add a belt and a one of a kind asymmetrical straw hat for a day of shopping or hanging out with friends.

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Whether you are wearing a tomboy button down, a contemporary shirt dress or a flirty floral mini there is a hat that can elevate your style. Happy Spring!

-Shannon

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Mixed Business – Jazz Give-Away!

March 22nd, 2011 | 29 Comments | Posted in Giveaway, Who's Wearing Belfry Brand

We haven’t done a give-away in a while, so why not give away a hat that is Hot Hot Hot right now!

Belfry Jazz Wool - Brown

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As you may have read, Hats in the Belfry is partnering with a Baltimore based band in support of their new album release. Mixed Business is a group of talented musicians who also happen to have great taste in hats. During a recent photo shoot, one of the band members, Brian Forte, wore our Belfry Jazz snap brim pork pie hat which is a great hat to transition through the seasons.

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We want you to have this hat! Leave a comment here with which version of the Jazz is your favorite and be entered to win you choice of Jazz hat. You will have until Friday, March 25th to comment and one winner will be drawn at random.

Belfry Braid Jazz - Natural

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Belfry Straw Jazz - Tobacco

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Belfry Straw Be-Bop - Black

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A second chance to win! There are two ways to win your choice of Belfry Jazz style.  Leave a comment here on the blog or go to our Facebook page and comment on your favorite Belfry Jazz hat!

For those local to the Baltimore area, we hope you will join us at the record release party this Saturday!

Saturday, March 26th

Mick O’Shea’s, 328 N. Charles Street

Free Admission if you wear one of Mixed Business’ favorite Belfry hats!

20% off the purchase of one hat with copy of Mixed Business CD

or attendance at the record release party!

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Get Your Green On – St. Pat’s Hats

March 14th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Hats in the News

Why not a little history lesson in honors of St. Patrick’s Day? 

March 17th is believed to be the day that St. Patrick passed away in 461 AD.  Since that time, Irish Christians have celebrated this day as a holy day.  

Traditionally, St. Patrick’s Day was a day where businesses would be closed and churches would hold a special mass to celebrate the feast of St. Patrick. 

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This would be a day to celebrate.  The holiday falls within the observance of Lent where Catholics give-up things like sweets, alcohol and other vices as penance.  St. Patick’s Day was one day during Lent when Irishmen could have a break from Lent and enjoy a pint or two.

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The first celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Colonial American took place in Boston in 1737.  New York City followed with a parade and celebration in 1762.

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In the 1840’s a large influx of Irish moved to American to escape the potato famine.  After that time, St. Patrick’s Day started to be recognized as a National Holiday.

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Somewhere along the lines Americans started wearing green in observance of this holiday.  So pull out your bowlers and green Gatsby hats, have a pint or two and say a cheers to St. Patrick.

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Images and information came from this video.  Check it out to see the full story of St. Patrick’s Day.  -Shannon

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Spring Up Your Wardrobe with Shades of Grey

March 6th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style, Spring & Summer Hats

The sun is shining a little longer and the weather is starting to warm.  It is the time of year when things start to bloom.  Heavy coats will find their way to the back of the closet and bright colors will reappear in our wardrobe.  Hats in cottons and canvas are making their comeback.  I just love Springtime.

This season, light weight fedoras in varied shades of grey are the perfect compliment to any outfit.  Grey is a great transition color between winter and spring and can be worn with ensembles both formal and casual.  I took a look at the new arrivals from some of my favorite stores and paired them with some of our Spring hat styles. 

J. Crew and Kangol Tropic

For women, J. Crew is all about bright colors.  This style is all about mixing complimenting colors like yellow and green with muted accessories in creams and greys.  The Kangol Tropic in a light grey is a great accent that doesn’t take away from your bright style.

The J. Crew casual guy is bringing on the blues.  Navy is a great transitional color that looks great with jeans, khakis or white linen pants shown here.  The light grey Kangol Tropic looks great with any shade of blue and can elevate a casual look like this one.

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Banana Republic and Goorin BBQ Shrimp

Banana Republic is known for classic pieces that can be worn season after season.  The pastel dresses showing this Spring are items that you will have in your closet for many years.  I love the look of a flirty dress with solid colored leggings.  Adding a hat in a blue-grey print adds a whole different dimension to the look.

Mixing prints is something that many people are afraid to do, but do not be intimidated.  A printed hat like the Goorin BBQ Shrimp can mix with a plaid shirt like ones featured in the men’s line at Banana Republic. Don’t let the silly name fool you, this is a seriously stylish hat.

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Express and Belfry Street Puyo

Express for Women shows that simple pieces when put together with the perfect accessories can create a comfortable look that is still very stylish.  I love the idea of putting the dark grey plaid Puyo with a heather grey tank top and long comfy skirt.  This is an outfit you would wear around the house and out and about on a Spring day.

The casual cool guy from Express for Men is wearing every shade of grey all in one outfit.  A washed grey jean with a graphic tee is good, but add the dark grey jacket and top it off with the Belfry Street Puyo and you have a great outfit.

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What every your style for Spring, a fedora in a shade of grey is sure to keep the clouds away.  Check out our new Spring hats in many styles and colors at www.hatsinthebelfry.com.  -Shannon

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