Panic! Advice needed....Fast! (Where`s the hatter)
David and I are leaving on a transatlantic repositioning cruise on April 16th aboard the Celebrity Eclipse. At the end of the cruise we will staying for four nights with friends in London.
Here´s the problem. We just got an E-mail that our friends with whom we are staying, Martin and Helena, are invited to one of the official royal wedding barbecues and that we are invited too provided we wear a hat. (The only dress code so far) Well......
I have a huge head and can almost never find a hat that fits. For instance a one-size-fits-all baseball cap when fully open resembles a yamaka moreso than a baseball cap. It is even more complicated because we now live in Mexico where the average head size is even smaller. O.M.F.G.We have only 6 days before we fly to FRL. What can I do??? HELP!!!
Are there any hatters or¨hat experts¨here on cruisemates? Help I´m freaked out and don´t want to miss out on this opportunity. Any solutions or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
Chuck, there's a famous hatter in Burbank CA called Baron's. They do custom and lots of movie business, too. They must have a web site. You may not be able to get a custom job in six days, but they probably carry large sizes. Do check it out.
Also check out costumers. There used to be a Westernwear place in Los Angeles. I don't know if that's in business any more. I was thinking of a Stetson . . . If money's no object, check with Neiman Marcus in Dallas. I think they carry Stetsons.
The cruisemates allways come through with help for our traveling plans. I know how Chuck feels because I have the same problem. The USArmy had a hard time getting headgear that would fit me.
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There are plenty of hat shops in London both selling & renting out hats for special occaisions, Garden Parties and Royal Ascot for example.
If you gave them your meausrements (and trust their judgement) then they should be able to pick you something up.
This would also save you having to pack the hat with the risk of damage en route.
Hope you find a solution, have a great time,
Alan & Katrina
Excellent advice! Also email a photo to them of the outfit you intend to wear. I would think you might want to measure your head in both centimeters, as well as inches to make this as easy as possible. It will also save you the trauma and drama of worrying about the hat making it in one piece.
What a fun exciting opportunity! I hope you have a great time!
Well the problem is now solved. David and I drove around Lake Patzcuaro to a small pueblito famous for their hand woven high quality straw hats. David found a very nice one that is an excellent fit and I had one of the artisans make a somewhat custom hat for me that is good looking and fits pretty well, although not perfect.
We are good to go and glad to have solved this troublesome delema.