Day #5 – Tuesday – July 2, 1974

Count Marco - July 2, 1974

A Chance Of Elegance For Tomorrow

Short hair is back. If the factions which have fought each other for years can come to an agreement we may yet see the return to elegance for women here and abroad.

For years, milliners and hairdressers have feuded, whether intentionally or unintentionally.

When hairstylists decreed huge bouffant styles the hat makers introduced huge floppy hats to cover them up.

When small hats were unveiled, hair dressers decreed elaborate, heavily sprayed poufs.

Hairdressers usually won the battle because, in addition, the price of hats soared.

The first indication that this may all be ending is the introduction this season of a simple, but smart straw or gingham hat with synthetic hair fall attached. You can change the hat or the fall instantly for a new color look.

At a recent fashion show I noted a number of ensembles included hats. I think that hats for women are one of the most necessary, stunning accessories you can wear, not only because of the over-all effect but an even more important one: They shade your eyes, just enough so the little tell-tale wrinkles around the eyes are softened.

A word of fashion warning here. If you decide to take my advice and wear hats, don’t affect huge sunglasses. The combination of brimmed hats and big glasses will give you the appearance of being one big glob.

Speaking of glasses, I had cocktails at the airport the other noon with a friend of mine who wore large light-blue sunglasses. It was quite disconcerting to note how much the blue tint highlighted every line around her eyes.

This post is part of a series, Ten Days of Count Marco, which examines the ten Count Marco columns leading up to the July 8, 1974 Count Marco letter.