Sometimes during the cold winter months, the practicality of keeping warm and bundled up outweighs keeping up with the current trends. Luckily, winter 2012 looks both cosy and fashionable with hats making a comeback on the runway. In step with the 50s, 60s, and 70s trends happening right now, the most popular of these hats are throwbacks to earlier days. Here are the top hats to consider and advice on how to pair them with the rest of your winter wardrobe.
This is the most widespread of the hat movement this season. I’ve seen literally men, women and children sporting fedoras, and with their ability to dress up any outfit, you’re sure to look put-together and stylish. Fedoras work well with pea coats, trench coats, and other structured jackets, and are a nice touch with a business-casual outfit or dress. They obviously match well with vintage pieces, but they still look great with even the most modern looks.
Wide Brimmed Hats
Also called Amish hats, these are also in style for men and women. One nice aspect of these hats is that they can accentuate cheekbones depending on where the brim falls on the face. Look for styles where the brim dips just past or level to your eyes (any wider and it’ll flop around too much). This type of hat looks great with more causal outfits, particularly those in the 70s style and Western style we’ve been talking a lot about this fall.
The on-going obsession with the 60s, brought on by the popularity of the TV show Mad Men, manifests itself in the popularity of pillbox hats. They don’t look great on
everybody, but if you can find one that works with your head and shape face, they will really make a statement! Again, retro style clothing make pillbox hats work – anything too modern might be too much of a clash. And, since pillbox hats are associated with style icons like Jackie O, dressier outfits and jackets are a necessity with these hats.
For the most adventurous, there are bowler hats, sported by the top models of the runway. Again, these are not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you can make it work, it will definitely draw attention! Bowler hats are fairly versatile, able to be paired with causal clothes and some dressier outfits, though more appropriate for parties than work.
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Mischa Barton (right):
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