ACCESSORIES REPORT: Springtime Raffia

Accessories Report

With the springy weather IU is finally breaking out some of their best accessories, those that don’t involve bundling up. One of my favorites appearing on campus is often under appreciated: the hat. It’s finally reappearing in the fashion world, and I’m so excited.

We had the whole snapback phase that lasted a little too long, the beanies which were great for colder weather and now we’re approaching a time of breezy hats of spring. Hats are some of the most difficult accessories to rock, despite the simplicity of just sticking it on your head and maybe hiding some unruly hair. With it perched in such a prominent spot, you have to be careful not to overwhelm with too busy of an outfit. Some of the most popular hats this season are vintage inspired bowler hats (worn lightly at an angle on the back of the head, not Charlie Chapman style), floppy sun hats and fedoras, mostly of the straw-like raffia variety.

This Fashionista chose to top her outfit off with a raffia fedora, banded with contrasting black fabric and a bow. Raffia hats are great for this time of year because they’re light in color and texture, keeping you cool and bringing brightness to your outfit. It’s the classic spring look. This Fashionista pairs her hat with large sunglasses, a floral crop top, gray pants and well-worn shoes. Her whole look gives a just-went-strawberry-picking-now-on-to-the-beach vibe.

Raffia hats don’t come just in fedoras but can be used in wide-brim beach sun hats, loud derby styles, the cowgirl variety or even something leaning towards Pharrell’s Grammy hat. Each adds their own little bit of spice to the outfit.

Spotted: In Lanvin’s 2010 resort line models wear raffia hats adorned with fabric trimmings.

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