“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 28 Spitting Hairs On processed food’s most unpalatable ingredient. Arts & Culture Issue 28 Naïm Abboud: A Brush With History Carole Corm traces the glamorous, golden trajectory of the Middle East’s most sought-after hairdresser. Arts & Culture Issue 28 Excessive Growth The deep-rooted history of hair removal. Arts & Culture Issue 28 Holy Hair Creepy collectible, or wielder of wisdom? Arts & Culture Issue 28 Falling Short Forget CSI. Hair is a notoriously tricky witness. Arts & Culture Issue 28 Dead Ends When the wrong haircut kills.