Hats Off to Behida Dolić
You so can wear a hat without looking like you stepped out of a period piece.
If you’re not a celebrity equipped with a personal stylist, working a hat into your daily ensemble can seem daunting. But milliner Behida Dolić, is trying to change that. “All women look beautiful in hats. If a hat is a reflection of your style and personality, it will be easier to wear.”
A Bosnian refugee, Dolić came to U.S. in 1998 with her brother and two sisters “determined to succeed at making [her] life a very happy one.” She’s found that happiness through millinery. “When I moved to U.S., I saw photos of women from the 1920's and 1930's and they were all wearing beautiful hats and I was in love! Never before had I seen hats like that—they were not only beautiful, they were wearable sculptures. The moment I saw those photos, I was hooked.”
In her Hudson, New York store, B's Hats, and on her online Etsy shop, you'll find one-of-a-kind pieces inspired by “old films, hats, cars, furniture and art deco architecture" according to Dolić. “For most women who choose to purchase a custom-made hat, there is often a unique back story about why they bought it," she says. "It's a majestic feeling knowing that every hat I make will become a fragment of someone’s personal history.”
Click through the slideshow to see Dolić's creations and the outfits we'd pair them with.
Channel the roaring 1920s and The Great Gatsby's heroine Daisy Buchanan in this fanciful creation.
Work off the playful feel of the hat, pairing it with items that pop with color and feel modern and fresh.
Guaranteed to make you look chic, even if you're just picking up the drycleaning.
A hat would make this classic summer outfit (maxi dress, espadrille wedges and a straw tote) look so put together.
Even if there are no Mad Hatters' tea parties in your future, add some whimsy to your cocktail attire with a playful top hat.
A swingy dress in unexpected pattern and cheerful accents play up the hat's whimsical nature.
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