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Celebrating headwear... The Headwear Association way.

Every year, groups of elegantly dressed men and women all wear their cool threads and fantastic hats to descend on New York for one evening. It's to celebrate everything hat-related, from celebrities that are honoured for being a Hat Person Of The Year, to discussing the industry and where it's going and how to make a cracking trade.  This year, Central Park will host the Annual Headwear Association Dinner, and...

What's in your bonnet?

No, we're not talking about car bonnets. We're talking about the history of Easter bonnets, and how all the wonderful colours and traditions started.  In English tradition, the idea of getting new clothes on Easter to signify spiritual growth and renewal dates back to Shakespeare's days. In “Romeo and Juliet,” Romeo’s friend, Mercutio, chastises Benvolio for being too quick to lose his temper. To illustrate his argument, Mercutio points out how Benvolio...

Fedoras: not just for the boys

Fedoras. Classic hats that have an evocative history. Gangsters, mafia, handsome men that have a dodgy past.  But actually, fedoras started out as a woman's accessory.It first appeared in 1882 in the first production of a play named “Fédora” by the French author Victorien Sardou. He wrote the part of Princess Fédora Romanoff, the lead role, for actress Sarah Bernhardt. In it she wore center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat started gaining popularity,...

Our picks for Mum: Mother's Day hats

With Mother's Day this weekend, why not celebrate Mum with a totally unique gift? A hat. Hats are the perfect present for the woman who's always said "Oh I never have anything to wear!" Here are our picks for the ladies in your life... A formal pillbox hat always does the trick:   Or a beautifully designed tulle fascinator that doesn't come from a high street store:   A leopard...

Pillbox hats: small accessories that make a big impact!

One of our most popular styles, the pillbox hat is a great little hat for when you want to go to an event with unique, approachable and elegant style. They can be ladylike, they can be rock and roll, then can be summery or wintery.  What's the history behind these sweet little pieces? Easy Hat Blocks tells the story behind them. 

What happened to daily headwear? Annabel Allen talks all about hat love...

Source: The Guardian Hats used to be an important article of clothing. And not just for necessity. Hats were seen as an important accessory (and also got rid of unwashed bedhead, result!).  Men, women, children... everyone used to wear hats! So what happened?! Annabel Allen, founder of The Eternal Headonist, talks to The Guardian all about how important hats are, and how they really say something.  Wear a hat. Start...

Classic hats: the Leonardo DiCaprio edition

After all the fuss over him at the EE BAFTAs, Leonardo DiCaprio wants to go incognito again (good luck with that). And what better way to do it than under a hat?  He's been a fan of the beanie, the snap-back cap and fedoras, but mostly it's the newsboy flat cap, the classic style that comes in wool tweed, linen and cotton.  Have a look at our brown tweed flat cap...

Thinking about how to be memorable? Wear a hat.

Hats can have an incredible impact in a crowd.  They can start a conversation.  They can be the beginning, middle or end of a story.   Have you ever had trouble remembering someone when they're wearing a hat? Nope. Not possible.  Get a hat. Surprise yourself.  We definitely have a hat for that. 

BRIGHT RED FEDORA: Today's featured product to support The British Heart Foundation

Our cheery, cherry red wool fedora/trilby is the perfect "statement" hat that is a fantastic shape for any face, women and men, and is a bright little pick-me-up winter accessory. Use the code BRIGHTRED and get your 15% discount from now until Sunday!  

Today's featured product to support The British Heart Foundation: our Red Silk Scarf

A silk scarf is classic. Great for a bit of colour to spice up an outfit, good to wear with spring t-shirts, winter jumpers or party dresses. Also great as a headscarf! Made from 100% silk, this great scarf has a trendy bird print, which is handy for a bit of a retro look.  Use the discount code WEARITBEATIT to get 15% off your order- and for every order, Shappos will donate 10%...

Support the British Heart Foundation: WEAR RED this week!

Today, Shappos is featuring the womens red pillbox hat with a flower... a perfectly wearable and elegant formal hat to have in your wardrobe for an event or party.  It's handmade, and was worn by Kate Middleton (she chose black) for a few events last year.  Remember to use the code WEARRED to get 15% off your order, and for every order Shappos will donate 10% to the British Heart...

Wear RED for National Wear Red Day

The first Friday of February (February 5th, this year) has been designated Wear Red Day® in the United States and the United Kingdom. On this day, men and women are encouraged to wear red as a symbol of their support of women's heart health. Take part and wear red on Friday, and donate if you can.  To make it a bit easier for you to find hat-spiration, we're offering 15% off...

Bored of winter clothes? Here's how to get creative with the pieces you already own...

So, we're all a bit bored of winter by now. Cold weather (depending on where you live), grey skies, blustery winds, rain... just generally a mix of monotony. It's that weird limbo in the season that makes us want to reach for the same jumper and leggings and hide under a voluminous parka. But, wait. If you walk into your closet, we bet that you already own a few key...

Not sure which hat to buy? Here are the 4 classic hats everyone should own.

Hats can be tough to figure out initially. Are you a hat person? Which hat suits your face shape? Not sure which hat to choose? Which are classics that are not only "user-friendly" but that go with everything in your wardrobe? Not to worry. Here we've listed the top 4 hats that you would want to have in your wardrobe, that suit any face shape: Fedora or trilby: This shape isn't...

Street Style: Paris couture week edition

Last week, Paris practically glittered with extraordinary fashion on the runways, with couture week in full swing. The embellished gowns and pouty-lipped models populated social media like a glittering array of trinkets that every fashion insider wanted to covet.  Not surprisingly, the streets of Paris were overflowing with incredible personal style, with crazy patterns, bright colours, intricate knits, fedoras, embellished accessories, berets and slightly gothic-looking chokers. Totally epic. Have a look*:  ...

Berlin Fashion Week: Street Style

Oh, to be in Berlin right now. 2 days ago, Berlin Fashion Week came alive with the likes of international fashion designers, fashion insiders and mostly a curious international audience waiting to see the genius of designers like Marina Hoermanseder, Perret Schaad and Lala Berlin.  But sometimes, the excitement is less on the runway and more so on the streets during fashion week. The personal style on display is colourful, exciting, bold and totally unique. Some may...

Need an Alpaca wool beret? Just really want to find out more about Alpacas? Here you go.

They're adorable, admit it. You can totally imagine having them as a pet. But even better than that, their wool is extraordinary. -- Alpacas were exported from Peru in the mid-1980s, and have become a premier livestock in America and abroad. In America, there's even a National Alpaca Registry to ensure breed purity and high standards. As the breeding has such high quality control, it's no longer allowed to import Alpacas from...

Milan Fashion Week: Hat style

Milan, pretty much daily, gives you a good dose of street style. Everyone walking down the street looks like they have their own personal style down to a tee.  However, with fashion week populating the streets with photographers, editors, bloggers, vloggers, buyers and models... the street style was definitely much more colourful than usual. There were a variety of colours, styles, embellishments. Sharp suits with fedoras and trilbys and great...

Milan Fashion Week: Days 1 and 2... the revival of the 1970s

Over in Milan yesterday, the fashion-forward crowd piled in to watch the Fall-Winter preview of Gucci, Versace and Prada. There were a lot of 70s inspired prints, bourgeois-bohemian (or, "bobo" as it's been labeled) fabrics and styles, as well as sharp cuts and large overcoats. It was also treated as a timely homage to the passing of David Bowie, one of music and fashion's most-loved icons.    Source: www.dmarge.comAfter a strong showing...

Are you a hat person? Don't think you are? We beg to differ.

Source: usweekly.com    Wearing a hat can be a bit daunting.  You don't want to look "done" and fancy, you don't want to look like you're wearing a costume. You don't know which hat goes with which outfit, and do you have to have the same colour shoes? Should you spend a lot for a hat? We get it. It sounds exhausting.  Ladies, the best thing to do is to go...

2016 Fashion Trends- colours, patterns and structure.

Well, it's officially January and the start of a New Year. And whilst we're all peeling ourselves out of our beds this week, the 2016 fashion forecast has marched in with bright colours, amazing patterns and textures.. all to start the fashion book of the year with a fresh and inspiring page.  First up... TIE DYE/PATCHWORK. Yes, we know what you're thinking. But it's not your average university party tie...

Hats are stories. Hats can start a conversation. What's your story?

  The other day, we read about this amazing woman, Satya Twena, who makes beautiful pieces of art/headwear in her New York shop.  And she also singlehandedly saved a hatshop, Makins Hat Factory, from going out of business.  She has the hat love. She understands how a small accessory, like a hat, can make a huge impact.  Read more about her story here. 

Christmassy reds...

Start the season with a colour that makes you get noticed!   We have amazing cherry red wool trilbys,    Cranberry coloured berets,    Fire-engine red pillbox hats   Wool statement hats   and sweet little wool pillbox flower hats   Just in time for the Christmas season and a perfect excuse to go shopping!   Happy shopping, Shappos x

Winter wedding style

So, it's December and you have a party to go to.  No, it's not the standard Christmas work-do, it's a wedding! And yes, you can still wear a great hat that's suited for the colder temperatures.  We have a range of wool hats just for the occasion... snowy white statement hats:   Tweed pillboxes:   And even beautifully glamorous veiled fur hats:   So many options (but shhh don't tell...

Santa and *that* hat: a history

So, we all know Santa as the iconic character in his red outfit with fluffy white fur, and that hat. The red hat with the white bobble at the end. You can't picture him looking any different. But, the Santa that originated from Turkey in the 4th century (which is whom the legends are based on) looked very different. Here is the history, in pictures, of that famous hat.What started...

Fascinating fascinators: the story behind a very classic accessory

  Fascinators and cocktail hats have a long history of being seen as slightly prudish, stuffy and ooh-la-la ladylike. But this hat has come such a long way, from gold powder, jewels and flowers.. to netting and spikes and leather... Nowadays, a fascinator can be made of pretty much anything, and can be worn to festivals, dinner parties, weddings and even Halloween parties. It's a small accessory that makes a...

Tuesday is the new (Black) Friday

    So, here's a thing: did you all know that Black Friday got its origins in the 1950s when people had a habit of calling in sick to the office in order to get 4 consecutive days off? Pretty smart, if you ask us.  But it eventually turned into a popular term (thanks to a newspaper journalist in Philadelphia) that referred to all the mayhem and traffic caused by shoppers...

Alpaca wool hat in my bag, thank you very much...(see what we did there?)

  Credit: Lorcan Handler   So, apart from being one of the cutest animals on the planet, did you know that alpacas produce wool that is superior to sheep's wool? It's warmer, not itchy, hypoallergenic and flame resistant! Yeah, pretty amazing. Read some more cool facts about alpacas here. And once you've gotten all your (obviously very important) alpaca facts down for the next dinner party conversation, why not go onto our site...

What does your hat say about you?

Source: Telegraph Country Life magazine has launched an editorial plea with the British public to bring back the hat. And apparently, with that will also come a return to dignity, manners and decorum. Because when someone wears a hat, they naturally carry themselves differently. But the latest generation, they observe, tend to wear hats in an ironic way, which tends to be disrespectful to the piece of art on their head. It's...

Summer Down Under

So, whilst we're all here huddling in front of the fire in our woolies, the scene in Melbourne was exploding in colour, awash in fuchsia, teal, black, gold, cream and silver. Not to mention beautiful warm weather and tons of champagne. Jealous, much? At the Melbourne Cup yesterday, we saw an incredible array of fascinators, pillbox hats, fedoras, boaters and veiled headpieces..  Source: news.com.au Luckily, you don't have to have an excuse...

Halloween! Spikes are fashion, darling.

Source: janinebasil.com Just because Halloween is traditionally scary, and the celebration of departed souls, doesn't at all mean that you can't have a gothic moment with a bit of glamour and style. Craving some spikes? Job done. A small wool beret that can be considered a pillbox hat.. that's our kind of idea. Slightly naughty, very rock and roll. Add some face paint and you can be a very cool...

Yes, it's another Monday. Put the headphones on and make everything disappear.

Source: tonimikulka.com   Monday. Not a big fan of it? No worries. We have a hat for that.  Kickstart a dreary day with a knitted hat that does a few things: keeps your head warm, shuts out the noise with earphones, and adds a splash of colour to the greys and blacks.    Jobe done! Now the next step: make coffee. 

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