Using Your Head when Displaying Your Hats
inNovember 15, 2012 - 7:43am
On a recent internet search for vintage hats I found an amazing number of hat displays which were strange…to say the least! I found hats that were being “modeled” by a young girl, for example, who because of her youth looked like she was playing dress-up with hats that were clearly made to be worn by an adult. Also using friends or family members may seem like a great idea because those people are special to you. Remember, however, the people who are viewing your models are just seeing strangers who are not professional models and are often more of a distraction than not. Needless to say, do not use a pet as a model. “ Fifi” might be your beloved pet but I am pretty sure most people will not jump to purchase a hat last seen atop the head of a dog! Remember, you want to display your hat in the best light possible with the fewest distractions.
A if the live models were not distracting enough, I also found hats that were displayed on some pretty scary mannequin heads. There are mannequin heads that are made for cosmetology purposes. Those mannequins are made for a different purpose than one of displaying hats and that is why many of their faces have that spooky, zombie-like expression on them. Add that with the fact that they are just “heads” and the effect can be a little, how shall I put it, “creepy”. I also found that many of those who used those types of heads tried to soften the “severed” appearance by draping scarves or jewelry around the neck of the mannequin all of which just adds another thing to look at… besides the hat!
I also found hats displayed that were too large for the head, covering the eyes and the nose and stopping just above the mouth. Ever see anybody wear a hat like that? Also, although hats are pretty versatile and can often be worn more than one way; “backwards” (unless you are a rapper) is just never correct.
The best way to display your vintage hats is to use a mannequin made for hat/jewelry display. These mannequins are pleasing to the eye and they have some shoulders which create a much more visually appealing over-all look. There are also mannequins that have a cartoonish look to them. Best to avoid those, as your mannequin should be a reflection of your shop…one of professionalism and high quality items. Good hat display mannequin heads are not very expensive and are a must-have when it comes to displaying your beautiful hats. Sorry “Fifi”!
Written by Melinda McDaniel
Vintage Vault on Ruby Lane