Inspired by Style Crone: My Hat Obsession & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #50

Are you familiar with the fabulous and ever so stunning Judith of Style Crone? She is the gorgeous 70-something fashionista who dedicates her blog “to the older woman, in her most creative, outrageous, authentic, powerful, adventurous, funny, and proud era.” I have been following Judith for over 2 years and all I can say is this: Thirty years from now, I hope I am half as fabulous as she is! Not only am inspired by her impeccable style, but its her adoration of vintage hats and her amazing collection of headwear that has inspired this particular outfit post.

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own.

*Coat: Very Old from Banana Republic.  Similar here and here.

You probably already know that I am recently very hat-obsessed particularly with cloche hats. When I spotted this red cloche hat in Kohl’s a few weeks ago, I have to admit that I drooled a little…like actual real dribble fell from my lips. Kind of gross…but this is the true power of a magnificent hat! It makes me lose all self control! And at 40% off the ticket price plus $5 in Kohl’s rewards, I brought this beauty home with me for right around $20. And I am so happy I did!

*Gloves: Similar here and here.

What better way to pair a vibrant red hat than with some black and white, some floral and plaid, topped with a herringbone coat? I snagged this little black choker style dress from the Target clearance rack a few weeks ago as well and it has quickly become my favorite LBD with its deep vee back and giant bell sleeves.  The herringbone coat I have had for well over a decade and it is on constant rotation in my wardrobe. The gloves have also been around for quite a few years and I only just rediscovered them in the bottom of my glove drawer.  (Yes, I have an entire drawer filled with gloves. Sad, but true.)

*Hat: Women’s Apt. 9® Wool Felt Floral Cloche Hat.

*Dress: Women’s Long Sleeve Woven Dress – Mossimo Supply Co.™.

Have you been inspired by someone else’s style lately? Or their words? Or their mission?  If so, I would love to hear about it in the comments.

*Boots: Similar here, here, and here.

If you don’t already follow Judith, you must check out her marvelous sense of fashion on Instagram at Style Crone. And if you are as fascinated by the power of headwear as I am, do visit Judith’s monthly Hat Attack Link Up for much more inspiration!

*Scarf: Similar here and here.

Whew! What a weekend! I am exhausted and will fill you in all of the wonderful details later this week when I have a moment to relax, process, gather my thoughts, and share with you in a clear and concise manner. But in the meantime, I have to get this link up out there for you all!

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Sarah of Foxy’s Domestic Side shared her post Black And White With a Little Leopard. I am loving the leopard clutch paired with this outfit!

Sarah of Foxy’s Domestic Side

And Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust shared her post Plaid Dress & Moto Jacket: Twenty More Days… I think this is one of my all time favorite looks that I have ever seen on Debbie…and I pretty much love everything she wears, so that’s saying something.

Debbie of Fashion Fairy Dust

Spreading some kindness and keeping it on the edge,


Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.


I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

62 Responses

  1. You are always so good with accessorizing, love those mittens, the red hat and those embroidered boots! Such a beautiful outfit!


  2. Looking great as always! Red is one of my favorite accent colours on you! It just pops so nicely with your dark hair. And I love the cloche style hat – frames your face so nicely. Fabulous as always! Keep warm this week.

    Elizabeth |

    • Thanks so much, Elizabeth! I honestly didn’t realize how great the color red was for me until I started blogging and people began saying red was my color. I agree with you all now! And I find myself reaching for red more and more often. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


  3. Isn’t Judith amazing, Shelbee? She lives in Denver, and we’ve even gotten together for coffee once. She’s such a creative spirit and is truly an inspiration!!
    As for a drawer full of gloves—I’m thinking that’s normal if you live where it gets cold!! You need all kinds and all styles, right?

    • Oh, Jodie, how fun that you got to meet up with Judith! She really is so amazing! And I agree with you completely about my glove collection. It is similar to my crazy coat collection! My coat must match my outfit and I live where you need to wear a coat 6 months out of the year. Then to add to it all, my hands get seriously cold as soon as the temperatures dip below 60 degrees. So I am often wearing gloves long before I need to put on a coat! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a fabulous week.


  4. You were born to wear hats my friend! In particular, the red of this hat further highlights your beautiful face. Thank you so much for the shoutout…pretty sure you loved this look because the dress has “Shelbee” written all over it!

    • Aw, Debbie, thanks so much for this wonderful comment! And yes, your dress definitely has Shelbee written all over it! Now wait until you see the jacket that I just received yesterday…hopefully I will have it on the blog next week. I think it may cause you to swoon! Have a great week, my friend.


  5. I love your boots and that plaid scarf, so perfect and it just ties your entire outfit together!

  6. Your so lucky that hats suit you shelbee! Love this red cloche hat xx

  7. Super, have never really worn a hat, but since borrowing my god-daughters for the 5Over 50 Challenge I now what one! Jacqui

  8. You, my friend, certainly rock a cloche hat! I think it’s what I love about reading blogs – the inspiration I get from real women. I remember being magazine obsessed because I loved fashion but most of the time it was unattainable. Blogs offer real women wearing what they choose and doing so beautifully and authentically. So inspirational!

    • Kellyann, thank you so much for this wonderful comment! I agree with you completely about finding inspiration from bloggers, i.e. real women. It is super inspiring to see how real women shop their own closets or find amazing pieces in thrift shops or just show how to style a great bargain piece and still look fabulous. While I would love to have an unlimited budget to stock up on all the super high end amazing runway pieces (who wouldn’t love that?), it is so much more fun creating unique and personalized outfits in an attainable way. Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous week.


  9. And you look gorgeous in hats too, Shelbee! This read one is absolutely divine… I can totally understand why you would totally for real drool over it lol! Loving the whole outfit too. Those gloves are perfect with the outfit, as are the boots! Gorgeous <3
    Suzy xx

  10. I love everything in this look from head to toe! Those boots are incredible. Thanks for the link up Shelbee!

    • Thanks so much, Kathrine! Would you even believe that these boots were on sale for $21! And they are actually quite comfortable, too. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


  11. LOVE! the red hat … you look absolutely ready for the cold weather – very stylish!!

  12. This is a fabulous holiday look and you’ve topped it off with the most fabulous accessories! Love the embroidered boots and the gloves are the best. Xo Jonet

  13. Looking nice. Thanks for hosting and I hope that you have a wonderful week.

  14. I was not familiar with her until you mentioned it here. She looks fabulous and so amazing! Thanks for introducing me to this fashionista.

  15. That hat looks fabulous on you! I love those boots!

  16. You’re so right about Judith – sh’s the most elegant and kind person, with incredible style! and you look terrific, those boots are the very best. xox


  17. You look beautiful! I love that scarf and that hat looks so good on you!

  18. I am with you Shelbee about cloche hats! I love them and the era they represent! I have a red one too, love yours! Those boots with the floral embroidery are special, they look great with your outift. I follow Judith on IG and love her style too.
    Have a wonderful week!
    jess xx

    • Jess, thanks so much! I am not surprised that you also love cloche hats! I bet your red one looks fabulous, too! There seem to be a bunch Style Crone fans commenting, too, which is totally awesome!


  19. I love Style Crone! I think your homage is spot on, especially with the bright red hat! Love it!
    Cheryl Shops |

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! I was so excited to share an outfit inspired by Judith and I was hoping that I wouldn’t be too far off base. She sets the bar pretty high, for sure!


  20. Love the outfit shelbee!!!

  21. I haven’t seen one of these hats for ages but, nice to see you rocking it so well. Great layering here with great ensemble. I’m loving the boots. Winter perfection!

    • Missy, thank you so very much for this lovely compliment! I actually have quite a few hats in this style. They are my absolute favorite! Thanks for stopping by and have the most fabulous day!


  22. Love the boots and the hat, very stylish! And Judith is a style icon! I just spend 45 minutes reading her blog!
    Hope you are having a nice week!

  23. Shelbee, you knocked it out of the park again! I am personally in love with that coat, it’s just so cute and a huge fan of the coat’s cut as well.

  24. Hi Shelbee,

    I am totally in love with the hat. The color is perfect, And that scarf? It is so pretty!

  25. Love your hat! Such a fun pop of color!

  26. The red hat looks great on you Shelbee! Judith has amazing style, her collection of hats is to die for! I love the bell sleeves and the plaid scarf. Fabulous outfit! Thanks for linking up!

    Emma xxx

    • Emma, thank you so much! I think this red hat is my favorite in my small collection of hats. Man, I would love to have a hat collection like Judith’s though! She is so fabulous!


  27. Love that you’ve had that coat for over 10 years!! It still looks great! Way to go with getting lots of wear out of it. 🙂


    • Thanks so much, Erica! And my husband calls me a hoarder! Haha. But there are so many timeless pieces that are worth holding on to. I just pulled out my favorite winter coat yesterday and realized that it is 20 years old!


  28. I LOVE The Style Crone. I have followed Judith for a long time. Wish I had a hat head. Great festive hat Shelbee!

    Style Nudge

    • Thanks so much, Cherie! Judith, like you, was one of the very first bloggers I followed! You are right up there with her with your amazing and impeccable style! And I don’t think you necessarily need to have a hat head so to speak, you just need to find the right hat for your head! For example, I look utterly ridiculous in the trending newsboy caps. They are so adorable, but not for me! I stick with cloche hats, buckets, berets, and certain beanies. That’s all that works on my very rotund head! Ha.


  29. Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. These embroidered boots are a real statement!

  30. I think you always look fab when wearing hats! They just go so well with you!! I am also obsessed with those embroidered boots… I need a pair of those 😉


    • Thank you so much, Mel! I do love my hats! So I snagged these boots on clearance a few months ago at Burlington for right around $20! And they are incredibly comfortable, too. So super huge win for me! Thanks for stopping by. Have a fabulous day.


  31. Thank you so much for your compliments and very kind words. I do love hats and celebrating style! I also love that your hat obsession is growing; I encourage this! Your red cloche is lovely and your embracing of plaid in so many ways this season is inspired. Thank you for sharing such fun style with Hat Attack!

    • Judith, thank you so much for inspiring me and sharing your fabulous style with the world! Based on the comments I received to this post, you are quite the inspiration to many women! Keep rocking your amazing sense of fashion and I will keep growing my hat collection for sure! Next up…a velvet turban…it’s on the way to me now!


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