If you see women in the over 50’s bracket, wearing red hats and purple dresses, then get out of their way. Red Hat Society Ladies are on the move, and they are having fun. Now the ladies of the Red Hat Society amount over 1.5 million globally. There are over 41 000 chapters, such as classes in Canada, Japan, Mexico, Egypt and Australia, in addition to an internet chapter.
Wearing red hats and purple dresses is emblematic of this grab the day, devil may care strategy to life. For Red Hat Society Ladies who are feeling particularly frivolous, a feather boa, glitzy jewellery and purple gloves add an extra dash of glamor and fun. They call themselves a disorganisation, and don’t have any principles except the red hat and purple attire worn to all parties like a badge of honour.
Founder, Sue Ellen Cooper was motivated by Jenny Joseph’s poem Warning. The nature of the poem is all about embracing life and fun, rather than being held back by era and society’s expectations.
The poem begins off –
Once I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and does not suit
Red Hat Society Ladies have learned the craft of prioritising what’s really important in life. And they’re going for it. I don’t mean doing the laundry or using the greatest starched sheets on the block. The Red Hat Society Ladies are intent on getting serious fun.
In actuality, it’s all about fun and friendship. The fun begins with the naming of the members and chapters. The leaders of every chapter are Red Hat Royalty, with Sue Ellen Cooper as the Exalted Queen Mother.
Girls Only Wanna Have Fun
Bev Fussell, Queen of the Australian Dinky Di Divas told ABC Television that”girls just want to have fun… We have gone garage-saling in convoy, and that is an absolute hoot.” San Francisco’s Strutting Peacocks chapter holds an annual tea party at the San Francisco Zoo. In regards to parade time, it appears that Red Hat Ladies simply can not resist a red sports car or a red London style double decker bus.
Ladies with Hattitude
Even bikies aren’t protected from being descended upon en masse, and being asked to pose with the Red Hat Ladies. The Red Hat Rockettes in Rockingham, Western Australia, and their irrepressible leader, Queen Beadazzled, have the photographs to prove it. The Red Hat Society Ladies are women with a zest for life and tons of”hattitude”. Long live the Red Hat Society.