ACCESSORIES REPORT: The Perfect Shade

Accessories Report

You are on the beach. It’s hot and sun is shining down so bright your favorite summer shades just are not going to cut it. You figure your face is burning and you fear you are getting the dreaded “Rudolph nose” so you turn to your favorite summer accessory, the floppy hat. Just as practical as it is stylish, this style prevents premature wrinkles/ burns while hiding wild beach hair.

Even though this week’s Fashionista was not headed to the beach, she took advantage of a sunny day to bust out her favorite floppy hat on her way to an outdoor brunch. Adding some pattern to her look, the hat is a great, unexpected accessory to spice up her outfit. The black and white stripes in the hat match with her black Urban Outfitters crop top and light peach maxi skirt, creating a cohesive look. The floppy hat and round sunglasses also add a vintage ‘60s feel to the ensemble, which is always fun to incorporate. Her colorful yellow bag is actually a vintage hand me down! The overall look is a great mix of today’s trends and vintage pieces.

Hats like this can be bought at tons of different retailers. This hat from NASTY GAL is neutral, but its silver accents make it more formal than just a beach accessory. This steal from Target is more casual and appropriate for the beach. Also, if you are feeling bold enough, you can wear this trend into the fall with a touch of suede. Check out this one from Free People!

Spotted: Lanvin’s fall 2011 ready-to-wear collection features models in suede floppy hats.

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