How to Style: Hats

I have never been much of a hat person, I always felt funny, like I was trying too hard. Then a last summer I ordered a light green (pistachio?) woven fedora sun hat by Sunday Afternoons and I am properly obsessed with hats as an accessory. Here’s a small guide to hats and some tips for how to style them.

Style: Not every type of hat will work for you, it will depend on a few factors such as your personal style, face shape and hair length. Buying hats online can be tough since you are not able to try it on so I recommend buying in person or at least going to try on some different styles before you commit. Color also play a role in your decision; I chose a colored hat versus neutral but I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how well it goes with most of my wardrobe. If you tend to wear a lot of neutrals anyway, a hat with color could just be that pop your outfit is lacking. The best way to determine if a hat works for you is to take a friend with you when you try them on to help you weed out the hats that work and don’t. It may also help to take photos of yourself in the hat to look at later so you can see if you’re happy with the look.

Setting: Another consideration when looking for hats; where are you going? Will you wear it at the beach, to and from work, a night out or to a wedding. There are so many different scenarios where a hat could be a kickass accessory so determine where you will wear it most often and that can help you narrow down the right style. Some hats, like the fedora are versatile enough to work on the beach and at night so that’s a good style to try if you are a bit hat-shy.

Sun: Hats may look cool but they also serve another purpose; sun protection. Some hats like the hat I purchased from Sunday afternoons has added spf woven into the hat so you are giving your hair and scalp an extra layer of safety from UV damage. 

Sexy: Sometimes we think that we can’t pull off a certain item of clothing, if it falls outside our comfort zone we write it off as something that looks good on others but not us. This is ridiculous, wearing something different takes confidence and being confident is sexy, therefore wearing a hat can be sexy too. Confidence in yourself doesn’t happen overnight, you can’t buy it and no one can give it to you. Instead it is something that is developed overtime, as you push yourself to feel uncomfortable, to be looked at, to be front and centre. It’s scary but in the end people admire someone who takes risks and who is always their authentic self.

My take on how to style my particular hat was to really let the color of the hat be the centre of attention, so the rest of my look is black and white. The ribbon on the hat is in black so this helps to anchor it to the rest of the color pallette. Like this look? Shop the look below with same/similar items!

Thanks for reading! See you in the next post. 



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