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Coording with Vintage hats

I'm a sucker for hats. Big head-eating bows don't look good on me, and with my short hair, neither do bonnets. Hats, however, are my cure-all.  I've had some great luck with vintage berets in Sailor, and straw boaters and bowler hats in Classic. That said, I need some inspiration.

I've been browsing the local antique and consignment shops looking for berets, and almost all of them have collections of women's hats from the 40's through the 60's. Some of them are god-awful, ugly straw behemoths with ratty veils and peeling paint, and others look like this:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/156231653/sale-vintage-green-straw-hat-with-silk?ref=sr_gallery_19&ga_search_query=women's+hat&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_ship_to=US&ga_page=16&ga_search_type=vintage

I LOVE this hat, but before I throw down 40 bucks for it, I want to see how others would coord this into their own lolita outfits, or examples of their own vintage hat collections and how they work them in. I understand that it can take a really keen eye and an experienced coordinator to keep an outfit 'Lolita' as opposed to just 'retro'. Any takers?
Tags: coordinates: photos, garment: headwear, request: advice, request: photos
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    I was looking through some of my old (ouch) AP catalogs and in one of them from 2014 there was this marshmallow bag pictured with the re-release of…

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