The SC discovered this vintage Christian Dior chapeau about a decade ago at Frock NYC, which is no longer in existence.  Evan, the proprietor of this once fabulous vintage salon, upon learning that I was a lover of headwear, brought boxes overflowing with hats from his basement for my admiration.


He wasn’t interested in selling hats in his shop, and he offered me a very special price for whatever I was drawn to.  Another one of those offers that I couldn’t refuse.


Among the beauties on display was this piece of art, with its swirls of fabric adorned with feathers and covered with veiling; it has been perched in the hat room since it found itself in Denver.  I wasn’t sure that I would ever find the perfect outfit to capture its essence.  Would it ever crown a crone?


The same was true of these estate sale 1940’s alligator open-toed strapped heels. Their function as art felt enough for them to be within my collection.


While in Santa Fe with Mr. J, I purchased this Missoni dress with abundant sleeves at Ooh La La Consignment HERE.  The price tag had me whispering ‘Ooh La La,’ without realizing that it would bring life to the hat and the shoes that had been serving as candy for my eyes only.


Vintage pink earrings and green fabric gloves joined the party.  They had been lying dormant as well.  The brown leggings, which were purchased retail several years ago, finished off the ensemble and a celebration of unity began in the alley behind my home.


Sometimes it takes a decade to understand a hat and what it needs to fully express itself.  The same could be said of humans!


Photos By Daniel

The Dior turban is as full of life as the tulips that are blooming madly in my spring garden.  As Bella of The Citizen Rosebud would say!  I’m joining Bella’s April Secondhand First link-up party HERE, with my ensemble that is composed of pieces that were lovingly pre-owned.

HAT ATTACK #10 will be featured this coming Thursday, May 1st.

Whoever wants to can join in!  Just compose a post that includes any hat, headwrap, headpiece, fascinator, hair flower, headband or other adornment for your head and join the party.  Participation will be open for one week, or through Wednesday, May 7th. Follow the directions HERE provided on Style Crone to post your photo and hope to see you there!


  1. Judith … my heart is racing at the sheer perfection of your composition! I have already pinned the opening shot to my muse board … pure art this is! My words … just don’t do this justice! thank your for sharing your Art!


  2. I think every time I open your blog I smile! I am so glad he made you an offer you could not refuse…sheer genius, yet again. Your creativity is such a joy, Judith. Thank you!

  3. YOU LOOK AMAZING!! I love every element of this ensemble and they look born to be together. I can’t wait to link up to the next hat party. And this hat is most inspirational. As. Are. You.

  4. Dear Lady….You are Forever Fabulous!! Never stop!! Best wishes for you & Mr. J & hoping this finds him in improving health. I am so sure you have brought new joy to his life…

  5. Vintage Dior, Missoni, and 1940s shoes? My word, what an ensemble! The swirly goodness of the turban is divine, and the dress has me drooling (look at those sleeves!) You look so beautiful among the tulips, Judith. Yes, like people, it can take time for the right pieces to come together, but when they do, magic happens! xxx

  6. You look divine, absolutely amazing! I need to learn a bit of extra patience from you for some of my pieces… so hard to wait a perfect pair sometimes. Wonderful story, very inspiring as always! 🙂

  7. The saying good things come to those that wait , certainly applies here.The turban is most certainly a work of art as are the dress and shoes.As always an inspiration, Judith.

  8. You are truly a work of art! So uniquely and wisely and creatively put together. And, I must add no one could wear this art like you do.

  9. Your outfits are so inspiring and gorgeous! The Internet is so fabulous in that I can enjoy your wardrobe ensembles all the way over here on the West Coast of Canada. I’ve never left a comment but often wish I had. Every time my thoughts are, “Wow!”
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. Perfection. Once again. Each piece is a work of art, and the ensemble is breathtaking. It’s also perfectly YOU. Add in the loveliness of Spring, and it’s enough to render one speechless. Or monosyllabic…



  11. Oooo la la indeed! Your photos are so gorgeous – you really should do an entire book! The settings and poses are so beautiful, but of course it’s the subject and her wonderful outfits that shine the most.

  12. GAH! I couldn’t open your post fast enough! What an outfit of perfection! I think you embrace and wear every fabrication, every colour, every silhouette! The common thread {haha} is the life and exuberance of your ensemble! Such energy!!! Thanks, as always, for continually inspiring me Judith!

  13. Simply spectacular!! You’ve outside yourself…again! I wish I had half of your panache and style. You look absolutely amazing. xo

  14. Fabulous Judith! The dress is brilliant and I love it with the pant plus the shoe with the ankle strap is gorgeous. This whole outfit demonstrates your skill at vintage shopping!

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  15. Wow! Another gorgeous outfit.

    You really did choose the perfect dress for that hat. You patience paid off.


  16. Absolutely wonderful, that dress was worth every penny – it was made to go with that glorious turban! xxx

  17. I am always amazed at the beautiful pieces you treat us to week after week! You have a true gift for being fashionable and highlighting the beauty of your lovely finds. The hat is a work of art and the dress is just exquisite!


  18. You look really wonderful today.
    My mother wore similar snakeskin shoes when she got married in 1947 and later on my sister and I would play dressing up in them!

  19. Oh, Judith, this is one of my favourite outfits – I love all the rich colours! That dress, that hat, those shoes, the gloves! So wonderful. I will be there for Hat Attack!

  20. I’m not sure how I missed this fabulously funky outfit. That is a truly amazing hat/turban, and you found the perfect dress to pair it with. I’m in love with those shoes – I miss being able to wear heels when I see ones like that.

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