Put Your Head on My Shoulder (Pad)

by jennine on June 25, 2008

fringe hatThe last few days of my life, I’ve devoted to hats. It all started from my shoppe, which I kept finding pieces with these shoulder pads. The scale-like form of shoulder pads are beautiful, but I didn’t know what to do with them… so they just lived in a plastic bag. I’m not a milliner, nor do I know how to sew.. but I saw a few images, which I’ll share with you tomorrow (they look nothing like my hats) that moved some kind of eureka moment inside of me.

There are a few things I’m really loving this year, hats, fringes, and the eternal quest for a cool wig. Somehow, after making several sketches, I’ve been able to combine all three. Using the shoulder pads and an elastic cord (so hold the hat in place) I’ve created four hats. The red hat can be worn on the side, or as a wig in a sense, you can pull the fringe really low, almost to your lips and still see. Kind of like the Henrik Vibsikov and Reality Studio. The black hat with fringe is a modern take on the cocktail hat with veil. The final two, with the 80′s patterns are recycled from my shoppe, each are experiments with the form and wearability.

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The bow ring is from 4 Me, Paris.

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raq June 25, 2008 at 7:39 am

this is pure genius!!! such refreshing ideas really make me grow so fond of your blog… and of course this calls for some DIY on my part too…

pop by my new blog if you can!

raq June 25, 2008 at 7:42 am

btw, i absolutely adore the red one! the fringe idea is so wicked cool (:

Jeanne June 25, 2008 at 8:10 am

Oh, how fun! I love the red one and the black fringed one — definitely statement pieces, especially pulled down low over your eyes like that. What a great idea!

Poochie June 25, 2008 at 8:14 am

Very fun! Reminds me of my fascinator from KissCurl on etsy.

I have a great fondness for headwear. We don’t get to wear it enough!


susie_bubble June 25, 2008 at 8:15 am

That is fantastic…the fringing over the face just looks beautiful…

Ashe Mischief June 25, 2008 at 9:07 am

Lovely! And a great use (or re-use) for some unwanted shoulder pads. They all look amazing on you- I particularly like the black & pink one.

punky June 25, 2008 at 9:20 am

haha, I always have shoulder pads all over the house from my vintage store too. Except my dog thinks they are her chew toys. She has like 5 shoulder pads in her bed on any given day.

Nanó June 25, 2008 at 9:28 am


jennine June 25, 2008 at 9:54 am

thanks for stopping by raq, your blog is lovely!

poochie: kisscurl is amazing, thanks… i’m not sure if my pieces are as good.

susie: thanks! i think that was my favorite one…

ashe.. the black and pink one is the first one.. so thanks!

punky! too funny! sometimes i think the shoulder pads have babies…

GlamaRuth June 25, 2008 at 10:50 am

Ingenious! May we use this idea for our own DIY?

jennine June 25, 2008 at 10:52 am

of course! that’s what it’s here for!

c in c June 25, 2008 at 4:55 pm

may i also add that is the PERFECT RED lip color on you? care to share the hue with us? :)

ps - you are beautiful!

WendyB June 25, 2008 at 6:46 pm

I love the dramatic look on you.

Imelda Matt June 26, 2008 at 4:35 am

BRILLIANT effing BRILLIANT!!!! Bring it on!

Market Publique June 26, 2008 at 8:02 am

This is brilliant! I love the black fringed one and the hot pink one. They are all so Issy Blow without the Treacy price tag! Love!

Market Publique June 26, 2008 at 8:03 am

Also, who says you’re not a milliner now? ;)

Julia June 26, 2008 at 8:42 am

Wow that really is brilliant and you look stunning with them! Especially the first pics with the red fringes… dramatic and makes me think of isabella rosselini in lynch atmosphere. But the “cartoonish/pin up” style of the others is very nice as well! Chapeau!

Sandra June 26, 2008 at 9:54 am

Genius! What a great way to reuse heinous shoulder pads. you’re always the clever girl Jennine! I’ll be sure to blog about this.

Kayla June 26, 2008 at 4:49 pm

that is so clever and unique! i would totally wear one of those…awesome idea.

Ginger June 27, 2008 at 8:38 am

that shade of red lipstick is delish!

jimhill June 28, 2008 at 1:48 pm

dur tee!

Emily June 29, 2008 at 9:23 pm

I gotta say, I love hats. I love daring fashion. But I just wouldn’t wear that on my head in public. It’s just too ridiculous. Maybe it’s because it looks too much like a merkin???
I love the shade of lipstick though.

MAddy July 1, 2008 at 10:39 am

I really not liking this look. I think it narrows the head and covers the face. I love the whole reusing things from the 80s but I am not a fan of this.

Mary P. July 1, 2008 at 10:55 am

We need more people to wear hats. Daily. Nice work :)

tricia of bitsandbobbins.com July 2, 2008 at 8:26 am

how does a shoulder pad look like a merkin??? i am so confused about the connection there. that’s a stretch. :P

also, cocktail hats sometimes and often cover or obscure the face. many of them have veils. the fringe sort of evokes the idea of a veil in a way, especially when you have them covering the face to a degree. and what’s wrong with narrowing the head? not that they do at all, aesthetically.

great idea, i say. way to think outside the box.

Caitlin July 2, 2008 at 9:09 am

I think merkins are awesome!

jennine July 2, 2008 at 9:46 am

oh dear, i didn’t know what a merkin was until just now…

you have a very dirty mind…
but sure, i’m sure it can be worn as a merkin.


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