The thing I love most about the Internet is the ability to easily find crucial information that I need right now. And for me, that includes advance notice of what styles, trends and colors will be showcased in the seasons ahead. The trend that I am most thrilled with is the return of the hat. Hats are so practical and pretty that I’m not really sure when (or why!) they ever fell out of favor. The Cloche. The Fedora. The Beret. I love them all because they offer an instant fashion update.
This Spring, I’d like to add the Kangol Sweetcorn Siren Hat to my (growing!) hat wardrobe. This hat is both feminine and sophisticated, and would work equally well paired with a cotton sundress for a barbeque or a dressier ensemble for an outdoor wedding.
The hat is eco-friendly — woven with a mixture of corn fibers — and has a satin underlining for great sun protection, while remaining airy and cool. The Kangol Sweetcorn Siren Hat is available at surplushats.com in alabaster (shown) or classic black. Retail $37.10
For Autumn, it’s all about the boys! Once the leaves begin to fall, look for menswear inspired fashion – argyle sweater vests, tweedy jackets, and hats, hats, hats. One of the most prevalent is the witty Newsboy.
In fact, Ralph Lauren’s Fall 2012 Ready-to-Wear show was simply filled with hats in gorgeous fabrics and patterns. Sadly (like most of the Ralph Lauren line) they are way out of my price range. A great solution, though, is to actually shop in the menswear department!
For example, I found the adorable Dublin cap pictured at SurplusHats.com. The wool blend Newsboy / Ivy Cap is available is several lovely color combinations in a herringbone pattern, a pinstripe, and even a snappy houndstooth check. Retail $17.47
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