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Summer Scarves

July 26th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style

The only accessory that I love more than a hat is a beautiful scarf. I think of the two accessories as similar in the sense that a scarf says something about a person just like a hat. When you see someone wearing a scarf they look put together, like they thought through each piece of their outfit rather than randomly put something together. This may not necessarily be the case, but because a scarf is an accessory that is more fashionable than functional in the summer months, it creates that impression.

Some of my favorite summer scarves are featured in the Getaway Collection on www.hatsinthebelfry.com. These unique prints and materials make for a scarf that can be worn throughout the year while still looking fresh and light for the summer.

A crinkle scarf like The Charlotte is perfect for traveling. You can roll it up and keep it in your beach bag. How glamorous would you feel coming off the beach with your bathing suit, sun hat and scarf? The neutral tone is easy for any wardrobe, but the fashion colors like the green or purple are great, too.


The Jasmine Sparkle Fashion Scarf adds a pop of color and a little glitz that can be worn day into evening. A long scarf that can be wrapped and worn in different ways adds a different look to different outfits. These great colors like turquoise and lilac combine hues of those colors while still looking bold and bright.


If your look is a little more bohemian The Maya Floral Fashion Scarf might be more your style. I love it when people mismatch their prints and this scarf would be a perfect way to add some extra color to your ensemble. The colors are soft for summer and will translate well into the fall season.


My favorite scarf featured in the collection is The Camilla Polka Dot Scarf. I love the different sized dots and the splash of color with the neutral of the green. I also love the idea of putting this scarf with the Belfry Roxanna Fedora. I can see this look being worn with a black sundress or a t-shirt and jeans and still looking swanky.


A great scarf is truly a unique accessory that can add an extra touch of class to any outfit.     - Shannon

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Street Style Around the World

Whenever I see a person on the street wearing a great hat, I stop and tell them so. I am sure many of you hat wearers experience this on a regular basis. But did you know that there is a whole crop of websites dedicated to stopping stylish people on the street? Well, there is! Just about every major city has a website dedicated to photographing people with great style. From Helsinki, Finland to Copenhagen, Denmark to Barcelona Spain and back to the U.S. stylish people are being photographed and featured wearing great hats.

Dam Style is a street photography blog from Amsterdam. We see very similar hat trends on the streets of the United States. Guys are wearing snap brim fedoras and gals are wearing cloche hats.


In Barcelona, Spain expect to see the classic snap brim fedoras and big brims to block the sun. The website Spain Street Style is a great place to spot the super fashionable and the casual traveler.


The Locals is a street style blog from Copenhagen, Denmark. They are in their summer months, but the high temperature is about 70 degrees, so expect warmer headwear. Knit hats in bright colors and floppy styles.


The street style found on Hel-Looks in Helsinki, Finland can range from wild to wilder even though their hat trends are very similar to those in the States. Classic driving caps, snap brim fedoras and fascinators can be found on even the most unique fashionista.


Back stateside, in San Francisco, the floppy style with great sun coverage can be found on one of the most photographed street stylistas who is pictured every season on the blog THESFStyle.


New York based style blogs like The Sartorialist picture street stylers from New York, L.A., Paris, Milan and more. In L.A. we see mini bikinis and trendy fedoras. In New York, they keep on trend with the trendy floppy fedora but skips the bikinis.


From this display of hat style all over the world, it is safe to say that hats as a fashion accessory are here to stay. It doesn’t matter where you live, if you are wearing a great hat, you have a serious chance of being stopped on the street. - Shannon

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Broner Hat Give-away!

July 12th, 2011 | 33 Comments | Posted in Giveaway

Happy Give-Away Day! We are at it again, hosting another contest, this time giving away one of the many Broner styles that we carry. Hats in the Belfry and Broner Hat and Glove Company have worked together for a very long time. Not only do they make great hats, but they are another one of the great North American Hat Companies founded by a family passionate about hats.

Broner has a long history of American hat manufacturing. They started in business in Detroit Michigan in 1920 when founder, Harry Broner, started selling protective hats, gloves and aprons to Ford auto workers across the street from his home. After the Great Depression in 1933 when auto manufacturers started providing the protective gear for the workers, the business model changed to focus on the industrial manufacturing market and the local retail market. Now, over 78 years later, Broner is located just up the road in Auburn Hills Michigan and is still run by the Broner family.

How to Win: Tell us which of these five Broner hats in your favorite! We will randomly select a winner from all the comments to win the hat they chose as their favorite. We will pick a winner on Friday, July 15th.

Another Way to Win: Go to our Facebook page and comment on your favorite Broner hat for a second chance to win.

Good Vibrations - Natural


Santorini - Black


Worldly Known - Olive


Sicily - Black


Fine Feather - Grey


Good Luck! - Shannon

Update 7/15!!! Congratulations to Jennifer Lewis! She was selected as the winner of the Good Vibrations hat by Broner.

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