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Brimming With Confidence, Modern Woman's Crowning Glory Is to Wear Many Hats

April 02, 1993|JULIE BAWDEN DAVIS | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

If a woman wants something that will accent an outfit, make her stand out and feel good about herself all at the same time, she should buy a hat.

"Hats look great on many women and often make them feel really special," says Barbara Rickmers, store manager of Etcetera in Newport Beach. "Though many women feel awkward when they first wear hats, once they get accustomed to them, women are often hooked."

When it comes to accessorizing and adding flair to a wardrobe, hats are particularly useful. "Hats can make just about any outfit come alive," says Jackie Westenberger, salesperson at Burkewear in the City Shopping Center in Orange.

Shop for a hat today and you're likely to find a wide variety. "There are hats to fit just about every occasion," Westenberger says. "You can find conservative hats for business clothes and more flamboyant hats that really get attention."

It's a wish to be noticed that has made hats one of today's most popular women's accessories, says Casey Bush, executive director for the Millinery Information Bureau in New York City.

"The estimated retail dollar value for women's hats in 1991-1992 was $578 million; this figure has been rising approximately 15% every year since the mid-1980s," she says.

To find a hat that will make heads turn, consult this sampling of local stores:

*AMES

This store carries a variety of hats from really dressy to fun and casual, says store manager Tess Marquez. Here you'll find a sombrero-style straw hat ($48) that comes in cream, gold or black. This is accented with matching flowers and bows and has a pink rose on the side.

They also have a straw hat with a low crown and a wide brim ($64). This comes in cream, black, navy, peach or red. It has a ponytail opening in the back. For a more casual occasion, there is a Western-style straw hat with a wide brim and a high crown ($78). This comes in a combined black and natural color with sequins.

Brea Mall, (714) 990-0792.

*BURKEWEAR

At this store you'll find a large-brimmed straw hat ($20) that Westenberger says goes well with casual wear. This Italian-made hat comes in a variety of color combinations, including blue with a royal blue ribbon around the crown; gold with a dark gold ribbon; tan with a dark brown-tan ribbon; black with a jet black ribbon; light blue with a baby blue ribbon; medium red with a dark red ribbon, and orange peach with a brown-orange tinge ribbon.

If you want something for business or pleasure, Westenberger suggests the small-brimmed, red felt hat ($30). This has a twisted ribbon around the crown that is red at the top and pales to a white-pink. In the front center of the hat there is a yellow/pink rose with two yellow flowers on each side. The brim curls up slightly.

Another felt hat is great for business clothing. It is medium-brimmed and comes in black with a lighter black ribbon circling the crown ($30). It has a flat black bow on one side and black elastic that goes under the chin.

The City Shopping Center, Suite 108, Orange, (714) 978-6181.

*CLOTHESTIME

At these stores you'll find a natural-color straw hat with a medium brim with a black ribbon around the crown and a medium-sized black chiffon bow in the back ($8-$11). For more casual occasions, they have a feminine black felt cowboy hat ($20) with a medium brim. This has a small crown with silver studs encircling it.

The blue denim fisherman's hat ($11) has a medium to small floppy brim that is pinned up in the front. Attached are yellow, white or blue sunflowers.

2245 W. Ball Road, Anaheim, (714) 533-7453; 2058 E. Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, (714) 956-5172; 5630 E. La Palma Ave., Anaheim Hills, (714) 777-0479; 8132 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road, Suite 170, Anaheim Hills, (714) 282-7566; 835 E. Birch St., Brea, (714) 257-1120; 8331 La Palma Ave., Suite F, Buena Park, (714) 228-0637; 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa, (714) 722-9634; 33611 Del Obispo St. No. D, Dana Point, (714) 661-6040; 13008 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, (714) 537-4071; 3800 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, (714) 559-1863; 23827 El Toro Road, Lake Forest, (714) 768-7775; 127 Orangefair Mall, Fullerton, (714) 738-1953; 1495 W. Whittier Blvd., La Habra, (310) 697-7751; 27281 La Paz Road, Laguna Niguel, (714) 643-3754; 28221 Marguerite Parkway, No. 7, Mission Viejo, (714) 364-3326; 27825 Santa Margarita Parkway, Suite B, Mission Viejo, (714) 454-2918; 777 S. Main St., Orange, (714) 550-9709; 1511 E. Katella Ave., Orange, (714) 532-2601; Orange Mall, (714) 974-8065; 136 E. Yorba Linda Blvd., Placentia, (714) 996-4160; 3701 S. Bristol St., Santa Ana, (714) 546-3328; 17255 17th St., Tustin, (714) 544-6080; 2801 El Camino Real, Tustin, (714) 838-0386, and 15232 Golden West, Westminster, (714) 898-1112.

*DAISY SHOPPE

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