Humans have worn head coverings since the beginning of time. Initially worn purely for function, as a form of protection, head coverings later became status symbols. From there, hats turned into pieces of art, think of Marie Antoinette’s famous ship perched atop her towering powdered wig, or even of the array of outlandish hats that appear at the Kentucky Derby each year. While few of us have galas or horse races to attend, hats can still be extremely important fashion accessories.
One of my favorite styles is the wide-brimmed fedora, sometimes called a panama hat. This Fashionista sports a forest green version with a black ribbon. She wears the hat tilted back to show her face while still shielding her eyes from the summer sun. The green of the hat is echoed in her antique silver earrings and silver rings. A gray sundress and simple leather accessories allow the focus of her ensemble to be on her fabulous hat. Your attention is immediately drawn to her face, with the wide brim acting as a frame. The resulting look is bohemian ease at its absolute best.
A straw hat is perfect for a day of shopping or attending a show at an outdoor music venue. For the more daring Fashionistas/os out there, a brightly colored wide-brimmed fedora is eye-catching and fun to wear. Felt or wool hats are better for slightly chillier conditions, and look adorable paired with an oversized sweater and boots. Hair can be worn in loose waves, straight and sleek or with a relaxed braid, like this week’s Fashionista. With fall approaching, hats are about to be especially important. Channel your inner Jane Birkin and top off your look with a wide-brimmed hat for an instant dash of chicness.
Spotted: Black wool hats were featured in Charlotte Ronson’s fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection.