“Being a milliner is akin to being a bartender or a shrink,” says Ellen Christine, a New York-based hat-maker whose creations have graced the glossy heads of some of the world’s most illustrious women. With 36 years of experience and a doctorate in costume design to her name, Christine crafts headpieces that artfully blend fantasy with practicality. Here, the grand dame shares her advice for good hat etiquette—and explains the psychological beneﬁts of wearing one. What’s the most important thing to consider when buying a hat? Remember that a hat is meant to frame your face and highlight your features, especially your eyes. The most important thing about wearing a hat is making people look directly at your face when they’re speaking to you, not at the hat. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Eight Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.