There’s something about a woman who wears a hat that has always intrigued me. It makes me wonder: Who’s under there? Is she trying to hide something? A hat wearer is almost always a head turner.
I was casually eating lunch and admittedly people-watching at Columbus Square in New York City over the weekend, and this Fashionista immediately caught my eye. Her outfit is very put together, but it still looks natural and refreshing for a Sunday afternoon. Her beige floppy hat lies perfectly on her curly strawberry locks, yet it doesn’t distract from her face.
The DKNY spring 2012 show featured a floppy hat in every look, all 40 of them. Although each hat was not a solid color — some had patterns — all hats coordinated with the clothing. DKNY is the hip, younger version of Donna Karan, so the youthful trait of the floppy hat seems fitting. The eccentric Anna Sui also featured floppy hats on her spring runway.
A floppy hat is an unlikely accessory capable of instantly changing the tone of any ensemble. It’s one item in your closet that requires no planning or preparation, and any woman can appreciate that. If you’re having a bad hair day, throw on a hat. If you feel like wearing something minimal, throw on a hat for a little oomph.
Urban Outfitters and Free People have affordable versions of the DKNY runway look with neutral options. A neutral tone, like black or tan, is easier to match with the majority of your wardrobe. Floppy straw hats are particularly popular in the summer, but a felt or wool version for fall is incredibly chic.