Who is that chic girl sashaying down the street—that one with the undeniable ’70s flair and a clear penchant for all things vintage? With a twirl of a floral skirt, a swinging utilitarian carryall and a hint of hair cascading from her fabulously floppy topper, she certainly has the fashion props to carry off such a unique ensemble. Her whole look is effortlessly lovely and she pulls it all off with an air of mystery and confidence—traits both underlined by her darling chapeau.
Hats are notoriously difficult to pull off, but nothing turns heads like hats. This Fashionista’s felted millinery (complete with a darling rosette!) puts all eyes on her while shading most of her face. This degree of anonymity is far outpaced by the confidence required to effortlessly rock a hat. Combined with the difficulty in finding one that properly frames and flatters your face, hats are a daunting accessory. Thankfully, hats are endlessly versatile for any stylistic inclination or season.
This Fashionista chose to veer in an unapologetic vintage direction. Her combination of delicate floral prints are tied together with a draped sweater and a white leather belt wonderfully topped by her ’70s headpiece, taking her outfit from something cute to worthy of a double-take. For a preppy version of a hat-adorned look, pair your boat shoes with a lid of the wide-brim straw variety. If you tend to a more edgy style, nothing will look better with your black skinny jeans than a rakishly tilted felt Panama hat. Within the realm of trendsetters lies the increasing popularity of cheekily emblazoned beanies and caps.
For anything from strolling and sightseeing to jetting to class or going to dinner with friends, a hat adds a new dimension to your look. So on your best days or on those when the anonymity of a chapeau is a blessing, a hat is a transformation accessory that takes any outfit for any occasion to the next level.
Spotted: Check out the crazily printed and tilted hats from the Chanel fall 2013 couture show.