It seems to be a losing battle. I am hooked on, infatuated with, and yes, I can admit it, addicted to the fashion accessory – hats! My addiction started as soon as I tried on a floppy, wide-brimmed, black, straw hat, in Paris‘ famous Opéra Garnier district with my mother about a year ago. I instantly felt beautiful, elegant, and like I could conquer the streets of Paris as a true Parisian. Was this hat my Spiderman suit and Batman mask?! While the feeling of conquering the streets of Europe faded shortly after removing my hat, my obsession remained.
Hats have been worn for more years than any of us have been alive. Made as a fashionable addition, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Kennedy, and the soon-to-be Princess of Wales herself, Kate Middleton has helped this trend. It wasn’t until Kate Middleton stepped into the public eye sporting these fancy head pieces that consumers demanded designers make them in vogue again by putting them into their collections. After seeing them on the runways a year ago, hats have trickled their way down the fashion cycle, accelerated and have been adopted by consumers worldwide.
Hats can take a lot of courage to wear. Because a hat will draw all attention to your face instead of say, your brown, distressed, leather riding boots, there is something to be said about a person who wears such a bold fashion accessory. This person automatically oozes confidence, strength, and individuality not to mention they will never having a bad hair day! Most people, I have found, don’t think they can “pull off” wearing a hat either because of the shape of their face or the fact that they believe it makes their nose, chin, or cheeks look bigger, smaller, or wider. Just because you have a round face does not mean you can sport a hat! You simply might need to find the type of hat that works best for your face shape. The key to choosing the right hat is balance. For petite faces, a knit beret won’t overpower your smaller features. Oversized bowler hats are great for balancing a square face with its round shape. If you have a round face, be sure to choose a hat that is wider than your face to help maintain proper proportion. Fedoras and beanies are wearable on just about any shape. Just be sure to look for one that is well made with a good height. Remember to always choose a hat that reflects your personality and sense of style. If you walk around feeling as though you look like a fool, others are going to read that on your face, especially since you’re drawing attention to it with a hat!
As I’ve said before, I love fashion pieces that are versatile and can be dressed up or down. Some of my favorite fashion hats this year have been ones such as the wool fedora which can be worn with the more structured menswear items in your closet for winter and with a floral dress for spring and summer. If I’m feeling classic one day, I will throw on my felt cloche hat with contrasting detail and channel my inner Greta Garbo. For an artistic spunk, clip on a tiny top hat hair accessory with a feather. No matter which style you choose, a hat can help create and pull your ensemble together!
Admitting myself into HHA (hat hoarders anonymous) next week, I will most likely show up in my latest ribbon cloche, feeling guilty about my on-going addiction, yet stylish and chic nonetheless. Sometimes, you simply have to let your addiction win.