Shopping For Spring and Summer Hats

Hats are one of those wardrobe pieces that seem fairly unnecessary. Save for the obvious winter woolen hat, there aren’t many times that you NEED a hat, you can get by without one. On the flip side however, hats are perhaps the simplest way to transform an outfit from snooze to stylish in one swoop. I’ve been a big hat lover throughout my life. As a young girl, I was obsessed with a denim bucket hat from Gap Kids. It was tacked up at the front with a big yellow fake sunflower stuck on. Oh how I loved that hat. I was crazy about the Olsen Twins at that time and I think they wore something similar. The original influencers. Anyone else have one of those hats?

Over the course of the past few years I have steadily grown my hat collection and it seems the toppers are only becoming more and more popular as the years go by. When looking to add some new hats there are definitely some different price and quality routes you can take. I personally have gone for more affordable options, simply because you oftentimes cannot tell the difference between the cheap and pricey. There are some beautiful options from established milliners like Janessa Leone and I’m sure these will last forever if you take care of them. The most expensive hat I have purchased to date is from Lack of Color. I had been eying it for some time and knew that I would get a lot of wear out of it. They were on sale through The Next Native for Cyber Monday and I finally pulled the trigger. Best hat decision ever! I definitely recommend investing in a neutral rancher from Lack of Color if you are considering it.

While many of my hats have come from places like Forever 21Urban Outfitters or Nordstrom, I have gotten a few from street vendors in NYC. I even bought one from a street vendor while on our way to the airport, it was just too good a hat to pass up. The moral of the story is that you never know where you will find your new favorite hat. So keep your stylish eyes peeled!

A few of my favorites available now - this crisp fedora for only $39, this classic boater for $39 and this straw hat for $18.