Since fashion became a thing in the early 19th century, hats have been an on and off trend. They were big in the early Victorian era (1800s), and then not so much towards the end. Then yes, during the Belle Époque, and no later on — a hot and cold game just like any other trend. Except, in recent years, it seems like the fashion pendulum has stopped tilting: everything seems to be in style.
If you think I’m wrong, one thing you’ll trust: Hedi Slimane has made sure that hats are currently a trend. Ever since the creative director of Saint Laurent Paris showed western hats with a bohemian edge in his first female campaign for the maison, I’ve kept my eyes open for this accessory. Although this Fashionista’s version isn’t quite similar, it does meet up with Hedi’s idea that you don’t need to be tanning in the Hamptons in order to wear sunny hats. Like this Fashionista, the designer thought of an urban scenario. Julia Nobis, the model of the campaign, wore the accessory with suits.
Hats were also shown in the latest Paris Fashion Week. Zadig & Voltaire and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac showed black western versions. Luckily for us, the trend trickled down into fast fashion. Here are some options that are similar to the runway and this Fashionista’s accessory: this panama hat from Forever 21, or this brown Saint Laurent Paris version from NASTY GAL. You can also find the model in black at Threadsence.
Spotted: Beautiful floppy hats were seen in Issa’s fall 2013 runway show.