The blog has got its hat on

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a 1930s black straw hat

Hat of woven shiny black straw with decorated crown, dating from about 1932-35. Part of the Tinne collection.

Today is 'Wear a Hat Day' , as part of a campaign by Age Concern Wirral to raise awareness of the need for the elderly to keep warm and well through the winter.

Despite years of looking, I've never found a hat that doesn't make me look completely daft. So instead of putting a hat on my head I'm getting in the spirit by putting one on the blog.

This rather fine hat was displayed at the Walker earlier this year as part of the popular exhibition A Passion for Fashion. The exhibition has now closed but you can still see some of the highlights on the website, including a few more lovely hats, part of an incredible collection of over 100 that were once owned by Mrs Tinne.