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April 03, 2013  | by: Amanda Fiore
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Easter is commonly known as the flower blooming, pastel wearing, egg hunting, candy eating holiday. But Easter is now catching my attention for another reason- its holiday fashion.

The Easter Parade runs through 5th Avenue of New York City each year, as women show off their best stuff, their head-toppers. Year after year women attempt to show each other up, rivaling over who has the best Easter hat. Creativity runs wild, as women line 5th Ave wearing some of the most bizarre things I’ve ever seen. This year three hats caught my eye as the most outrageous, innovation fashion accessories of all time.

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The first literally screams spring and rebirth, appropriate for the Easter holiday. It features a vertical straw bird’s nest, filled with a dozen green speckled eggs and on top a little yellow bird. Off the sides of the nest are willow tree branches, a symbol of springtime blooming. A sheet of yellow mesh comes down from the hat covering the woman’s face. This ranks in my top three Easter hats because of its central theme of life. It also is visually pleasing staying within the green and yellow families. The mesh covering of the woman’s face also places the emphasis on her hat, as people are forced to look to the top of her hat.

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The second of my favorite hats is unique, actually worn by a man. This man made a hat of live flowers, including tulips and babies breath. He attached all the flowers together by a string, which hugs his entire head. The hat is not as detailed as the first or as elegant as some, but it is perfectly simple. The live flowers were a nice holistic touch.

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Lastly is probably one of the tallest hats I’ve ever seen. Standing at about 10 inches tall, the wicker bee’s nest hat is shaped in a cone and covered in fake yellow flowers. Also attached to the nest are bees, adding an authentic element. The hat gives off a rustic feel combining wicker and yellows, which reminded me of the simple nature that surrounds us.

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Easter is a holiday of blossoming and rebirth. It helps to ring in the spring season, which is a time of happiness and change for many people. The hats featured at the Easter Parade in New York City were very symbolic of the holiday. It reminded me that is simple is best and that nature accompanies us each and every day. Of all the fashion pieces that are meant to inspire, hats off to the Easter hats that made a lasting impression on me.

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