WIW: The Sherlock!

So as you might have already guessed, I'm no stranger to the left-field fashion choice. What might not yet be obvious is that I'm a bit of a hat girl, particularly on the bike in cold weather.

To paraphrase something Jess Cartner-Morely said once, high fashion is often about walking the fine line between the scary and the ridiculous. I think this little number ticks both boxes. 

I don't think it's an accident that no contemporary Sherlock actually wears one of these, but although I would happily kill for Benedict Cumberbatch's Belstaff coat, or just about anything Lucy Liu wears as Joan Watson, I still enjoy this crazy little number when I want to feel like a crime-solving genius. Elementary!

What do you think? Genius? Or just Scary/Ridiculous?

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  • Thistle replied 6 years ago

    Elementary indeed. Totally reminds me of Basil Rathbone Sherlock.

    Fun and quirky.

    Huge fan of the Benedict Cumberpatch Sherlock too.

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Yes! Basil Rathbone and Jeremy Brett both totally owned this look. No wonder the youngsters of today are staying away - they clearly can't compete!

  • Angie replied 6 years ago

    Super cute. Love the hat with the specs. And you live in my favourite Euro city - Amsterdam. Bent u Nederlands? Mijn Papa woont in Velp (Arnhem). 

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Hoi Angie!

    Nee, ik ben Engels, maar ik woon in Amsterdam sinds eind jaren 90... My neighbours here in Dam sometimes call my sense of style "spannend". I'm never sure if that's a compliment.

    Thanks for comment, although I suspect this tile might be a step too far even for me. I really love the classic English look of the thing, but it probably has too many associations with 221B Baker Street to be anything more than an occasional look. 

  • crutcher replied 6 years ago

    Loveth your hat...glasses add to the interest and all in all you look fab and classy...If I were to see you on the street, I would wonder who you were and where you found the hat...Keep wearing...

  • deb replied 6 years ago

    I like it but I like all has an am a hat person, also. And Lucy Liu has the best clothing.

  • Deborah replied 6 years ago

    Love it!

  • cheryle (Dianthus) replied 6 years ago

    I also like it but I flirt with hats every few years.  :)

  • shedev replied 6 years ago

    I like it. Very fun hat.

  • frannieb replied 6 years ago

    love it.

  • shevia replied 6 years ago

    It looks great to me but I am very pro-hat and pro-Holmes!

  • Suz replied 6 years ago

    I love it on you! It's fantastic with the specs and your eyes! 

  • Joy replied 6 years ago

    Fun and fab.

  • Firecracker replied 6 years ago

    I think it's cute on you! I would just avoid wearing it with a cape--ha ha!

    P.S. If I looked that good in it, I'd wear it. Admittedly, I have a hard time with hats, so any one that doesn't look wretched on me is one that I'd consider wearing!

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    Ah cheers. I think I've gotten over my doubts about the hat, particularly after this exchange from last night:

    Me (coming into house): Brr! It's cold out there!
    Him (from next room): No S*** Sherlock!
    Me (putting head round door): Funny you should say that...
    Him: Hey! I was wondering when you'd wear that again! You do look cute in it!

    So that deerstalker stays, at least as long as I'm trying to channel my inner English Superhero. But I must refrain from smoking a pipe.

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    I love hats, too!  I live in a pretty conventional Chicago suburb, where wearing anything but a beanie with a hoodie is unusual.  Even fedoras aren't seen, except on high schoolers working at Forever 21.  Me?  I love velvet hats, cloches, all the big drama! 

    This hat definitely says, "Sherlock," but it also is a pleasing proportion for your face and is quite practical --- great for bike riding!  If I saw you wearing it, I wouldn't think it odd, rather, I would find it fun!

    BTW, what does "spannend" mean?

  • approprio replied 6 years ago

    And "spannend" translates literally as "exciting". Always seems an odd word to describe personal style. 

  • Beth Ann replied 6 years ago

    "Exciting?"  That is an interesting word choice.  I get "dramatic" and "bold" alot, and, like you, I'm not always sure it's a compliment. 

    I'm still learning your style, but your WIW  seem dramatic, but in a way that seems organic to you -- it works!

  • Frances replied 6 years ago

    Very, very stylish. Love it !

  • Caro in Oz replied 6 years ago

    Another Sherlock fan here - it totally works for me :) :)

  • Vicki replied 6 years ago

    Love your hat and adore Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman as well as the Sherlock Holmes series. You know, I was tempted, but I already have a tweed cap. You wear it well, you stylish sleuth. P. S. I just put the 221B Baker Street board game on my Christmas list, but no one is likely to play with me here. At least I know, YLF has a fab contingent who would!

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