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 One thing ladies don’t want to see is someone else wearing a hat exactly like the one they’re wearing.  Well, now you can solve that problem thanks to a recent purchase we made of nice fall dress hats from a factory that produces dressy hats for department stores.  The purchase was overruns, which means we got a lot of variety in styles and colors, but not much depth.  It also means you get a better wholesale price so you can please your customer base with variety and price. 

 The hats are felts and range from traditional shapes to extravagant designs that might be over the edge for your more conservative customers.  Many of the hats follow the trend of the last several months with blocking that provides unique shapes in crowns and brims.  But the biggest advantage to this shipment is you can outfit your customers needing church hats or homecoming hats without duplication. 

 Some styles include the classy look in dress hats we associate with homecoming—the kettle hat with rounded crown and small turned up brim.  These hats have that traditional look that is in demand every fall for homecoming.  Decoration is also traditional with satin rosettes and bands.  For homecoming, the style is timeless. 

 Hats can be original and yet conservative like the high crown felt shown, with angled crown and satin covering.  Decoration is conventional with rosettes nestled in leaves, but the overall shape is something new in millinery.  This is headwear that bridges the customers that are more inventive with those that are traditional. 

 One shape that has the elegance that always grabs customers’ attention is a squared crown with brim that extends out and then rolls down.  This style has returned time and again over the last ten years in different materials and with different trims and it always proves popular.  Whether ladies dress hats or semi-casual, this shape has appeal.   

 The new arrivals give a different twist to this squared crown design.  Starting with the shape above of a brim extending out and then rolling down, these hats have the brim blocked on one side to rise next to the crown and then dart downward in a hairpin shape before returning to a gentle angle down.  The other side keeps its original shape–something innovative with a shape that has proven a winner. 

 Some millinery creations in the group will be over the edge for many of your customers.  But a millinery selection has to appeal to a variety of personalities as well as satisfy customers who have done their homework and choose hats to flatter their face shape.  First, most headwear in the new selection have appeal for your conservative customers that are shopping for church or homecoming hats.  But some designs reach out only to your daring clientele.    

 Now for your customers that researched the right hat style to match face shapes.   The goal is balance.  A wide brim balances a long face and a high crown with smaller brim compliments a round face.  Oval faces can easily wear a hat, but adding some angles helps and today’s trend in unconventional blocking fills that need.  Balance the angles of a square face with hats that have a smooth profile.  Need help in determining face shapes?   Style Makeovers breaks provides descriptions and pictures of each face shape.  . 

 Another shipment of overruns is due to arrive soon, so check often because there is plenty variety, but little depth so keep ahead of the curve by selecting your millinery first.

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 Designs are more stunning than ever in ladies dress hats this fall.  Add gorgeous color to millinery design and all the ingredients are here for retailers to have a successful fall season in headwear.  Two major markets for fall ladies dress hats are homecoming and church hats.  Sales in these markets are as regular as clockwork every year and the new selection of headwear is certain to appeal to your customer base with fresh design for the fall season. 


New arrivals include a fabulous high crown felt with a 2 3/8 inch brim that angles down.  Unique blocking creates a crown with a ridge that rises to nearly a 5 inch height and then slopes down to 4 inches on the side with decoration.  Wide satin forms a bow gathered in the center with a sparkling metal decoration studded with clear crystals.  A poof of airy marabou feathers creates a blossom-like design above the bow in these stunning dress hats that will please your customers that find shorter brims flattering.  These more compact styles are popular for homecoming every year. 


Angled crowns and unconventional blocking were important in the spring and reemerge in the fall.  A wide brim that reinvents shape this fall has a high crown with C indention on the high side, but smoothes out as it moves to the lower side.  Offset decorations are also big this fall, with only a few arrivals so far having traditionally centered decoration. 


One new fall style approaches more traditional design with a crown that has a slight angle and decoration that is only slightly offset.   That felt dress hat has 4 inch brim that rolls down for a very traditional appearance and a large fabric flower centered in a dramatic satin bow.  This millinery masterpiece will attract customers to your selection of headwear whether they want homecoming hats or church hats.  While homecoming hats in the past were traditional kettle shapes with small upturned brims or cloche designs, the big brim is front and center today for homecoming and this hat will fill the bill. 


Still some of your customers may be enamored with the elegance of the sixties and fresh designs in headwear can give you the hats to let them enjoy sixties sophistication.  Is there any more famous headwear than the pillbox so often worn by Jackie Kennedy in that era?  Today’s new arrivals in fall dress hats offer a design that revisits the glamour of the sixties.

Pillboxes have plenty of versatility that allows the wearer to create different looks.  Jackie Kennedy usually wore the hat back on the head, but pillbox hats have an elastic band that let the hat be worn forward on the head and held in place with the elastic.  It can also tilt to one side or set level on the head.  This newest creation in pillboxes has the traditional shape that dips in the front, has a C indention, and comes decorated on one side with loops of horsehair and diamond netting surrounding a felt design.  


Ladies searching for church hats want stunning designs with elegance suitable for Sunday services.  A new design incorporates lace with felt to create gorgeous design without sacrificing elegance.  The hat shown on the site is mustard with black lace trim.  A squared crown and 4 inch rolled down brim create traditional shape, but originality takes over there with black lace covering the brim letting the felt color show through.  The band is pleated satin and lace also covers the top layer of the pleats.  Decoration is a fall flower blossom centered in large satin leaves that are also covered with the lace.  The millinery creation is stunning, but is not headwear for the shy.  Retailers should add this headwear to their millinery selection as a showpiece that will turn heads. 


Ladies buying church hats don’t want to see someone else wearing the identical hat.  To help you avoid that problem with your millinery selection this fall we have a wide selection of dress hats that will be arriving every week.  The fall hats will have a variety in colors, but not great depth, so you can constantly update your millinery with new designs that are unique.   Customers shopping for church hats will appreciate this and they will reward you with loyalty. 

Even in a sluggish economy, church hats continue to sell.  This gives retailers a reliable stream of sales that pays the bills.  The highest sales volume is early in the season.  It is never too late to add dress hats to your inventory, but the best time is now.

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