Originally invented to offer protection from extreme temperatures, hats have long since evolved as a convenient and stylish accessory. It may surprise you, but you can wear a hat with pretty much any outfit. And yes, they work as a great camouflage on bad hair days too.
This summer, take a look at how you can pair a hat with your clothes when you are stepping out in the sun. The choices are limitless – fedoras, vintage-inspired wide brimmed hats, bucket hats, baseball hats, straw-style stripped hats, beanies, visors, berets, and more.
Wide Brimmed Straw Hats
Straw hats are light and comfortable and never seem to go out of style. If you are visiting the seaside, then this one is a must-have. It offers you the shade you need all afternoon at the beach and protects your hair against the breeze too.
Wide brimmed hats are often heavily embellished. Minimise on these trimmings and go for more colour. For instance, broad stripes and neon highlights have become quite popular this season. So go for brighter and bolder hues.
Berets are a great way to accessorise. They allow you to work around your coiffure, especially when you are wearing your hair up. And if you love embellished hats, berets are just the ones to try.
They are chic and elegant and will bring out any elaborate hairstyles all the more. If you’re trying one for the first time, try a knitted beret. It has less structure, letting you place it over your head just where you want it.
These classic hats are best clubbed with a little more formal couture – dresses and well fitted skirts. They are not meant for a walk in the beach or to just keep the sun off your face when you are shopping. Rather they are meant to be paired with more formal attire. They are great to wear when you are at the derby, a wedding, or even an elegant outdoor brunch.
Bucket Hats and Panamas
Bucket hats in neutral shades look good with stripes or a trench coat. Panamas, on the other hand, are not meant for the rainy weather. They look great with a summer dress or even with shorts. If you are heading for an outdoor carnival or festival, panamas will keep you out of the sun. While a wide brimmed hat may be a handful at such outdoor events, a panama is much easier to sport.