Hats are an important part of our apparel wear for several reasons. They keep us warm in winter, fend off rain in summer, and add a dashing accent to an attractive outfit.
With so many kinds of hats to choose from throughout the year, it is inevitable that some of them will have to be stored at various times. Here is a brief index of suggestions for keeping your head gear in good condition.
- Winter head warmers. Winter is the season when many of us are most likely to keep our heads covered when we are outdoors. From earmuffs to fur headpieces, a multitude of styles, sizes, textures, and colors provide numerous choices. Since winter lasts approximately three months, you will need to put away those warm hats during the rest of the year. A felt fedora should be kept in a hatbox if possible to help retain its shape. But a fur piece might fare better in cold storage with a professional company. Wool toboggans or pull-on hats for kids can be washed and kept in a chest of drawers for the next year, along with matching mittens.
- Spring caps. Lightweight and whimsical, many types of spring caps are versatile and fun without serious form or design. These can be kept in an airtight container to keep the moths away. Easter bonnets may be more substantial and require additional care, such as a dry cleaning at the end of the season before placing them in a hatbox or sealed container to preserve them for next year.
- Summer bonnets. A cotton sun bonnet can be washed and placed in a dresser drawer until it is needed again later. Straw hats, however, need to be carefully brushed or wiped and stored in a large box to prevent them from losing their shape. You may need to get special cleaning solution if they begin to look dingy or dark.
- Autumn hoods. Windbreakers, “hoodies,” or other jackets with attached or detachable hoods usually are made of washable synthetic or natural fibers, so throw them in the washer before tucking them into a plastic storage bag for the winter. Wool beak caps may hold their shape without bending if they are placed in a hatbox or a firm container that won’t bend or leak during the winter.
- Random accents. Silk scarves need to be hand washed and then folded and placed in a special box for their protection, as they snag easily. Cotton kerchiefs can be washed and stored in a drawer or on a closet shelf. Stylish pill box hats, making a potential comeback after a long hiatus, will likely need to be carefully stored in a hatbox on a closet shelf. Wool head wraps or cotton turbans can be hand washed and placed in a separate box for safekeeping.
You may want to place matching accessories, such as gloves or scarf, with their hats if they fit and won’t mash the hat itself. If in doubt about how to care for a hat or other piece of clothing, contact the manufacturer through the store where you purchased it.
The only long-term problem with hats is that they typically go out of style before wearing out; but the good news is if you wait long enough, they will be back in style before you know it!The only long-term