Wholesale dress hats for women reach new heights in excellence this year. Colors, shapes, and materials all contribute to a superb year—actually, the most exceptional year in our 30 years of handling wholesale dress hats. First, the range of colors available this year is breathtaking.
COLORS IN WHOLESALE DRESS HATS EXPAND WITH SATIN HATS
The addition of satin dress hats this year adds a host of new colors. These rich colors are only limited to the range of colors in satin fabric. The palette includes lively colors, basics, and subdued hues.
Satin hats add colors like celery, lilac, hot pink, butter, and grape as well as rich tones of brown and navy. The basics of black and white are also included with the characteristic sheen of satin. These rich colors raise the bar on this spring’s selection.
MATERIALS FOR WHOLESALE DRESS HATS IN 2014
Wholesale dress hats for women this spring enjoy plenty of choices with a wide selection of materials. We have already mentioned satin hats with their eye-catching sheen. Organza hats are similar, but the sheen of organza has a luster.
Originally, organza was a silk product with the familiar luster of silk. Today synthetics capture the look. Both satin and organza do not have the body to maintain the hat shape. Wired brims and crowns provide the stability for these hat bodies.
Satin braid also has a satin sheen. Continually sewn cord-like satin creates these hats. The shape usually has small brims and high crowns. Made from satin, the colors again are rich.
Sinamay provides a different look with a slightly open weave and matte color. The Philippines are the main source for sinamay. It is woven from the natural fiber of the abaca plant in the banana family. The weave is slightly open and the material easily accepts dye. After stiffening, milliners shape sinamay into hats with wide brims being especially elegant. However, small brims are also eye-catching like the one shown.
Polypropylene is the traditional material for ladies dress hats. Veteran milliners remember when polypropylene was the mainstay of wholesale dress hats. Polypropylene hats use the sewn-and-braid process used to make Milan straws. The synthetic material is first braided and then continually sewn to create the hat body. They use very narrow bands of braided material delivers a quality look with a surprising reasonable price. These hats date back to the 1950s and perhaps earlier.
SHAPES OF WHOLESALE DRESS HATS FOR SPRING
The height of elegance in dress hats is wide brims. These flattering designs have 5 and 6 inch brims. This year, 7 inch brims add an even more dramatic statement in headwear. Widebrims come with a very clean look with little decoration as well as more extravagant looks that include ruffled edges. This year we see ripple brims that have a wavy shape—perhaps too daring for your conservative customers.
Many of these conservative customers are not comfortable with the flamboyant statement of wide brims. They are more comfortable with small brims. These hats provide endless possibilities. Brims can roll down, turn up, or be up on one side and down on the other like a cavalier shape. Brims can also be asymmetrical—narrow on one side and protruding on the other.
SPRING IS THE BEST TIME FOR WOMENS DRESS HATS
Wholesale dress hats offer plenty of possibilities for this spring. And the need for dress hats is at its peak in spring. In New Orleans alone, major dress hat events include a fundraiser for the New Orleans Opera Association called Mad Hatters and the Parade of Hats at The Fair Grounds for The Louisiana Derby.
Easter and Mother’s Day are still ahead of us. The Kentucky Derby is May 3 and a number of other derbies take place around the country. Fundraisers calling for dress hats are also very popular. Teas, luncheons, and outdoor weddings all call for dress hats.
Demand is huge for church hats every spring. Many summer church events require white dress hats. Most wholesale suppliers are out of summer hats when these are needed. We try to be deep in white dress hats to fill these needs.
Yes, there is a lucrative market for dress hats and this season the selection of wholesale dress hats is exquisite. It is hat retailers dream.