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 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. However I still feel at a place where I don’t want to invest quite that much in a hat just yet. But maybe one day :).
While many of my hats have come from places like Forever 21, Urban 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. If you find yourself in the East Village, there is a guy selling hats at a table on the corner of 14th and 1st Ave pretty much year round. They can be hit or miss, but in the summer especially he has some great straw hats for stupid cheap.
Cold Weather Hats
In the winter I like a classic black fedora that I can pair with warm layers and scarves, like I did in this post. It matches with everything and conveys a great city-chic vibe. A few great winter fedoras currently on the market include this tan fedora, this classic wide-brim black and this darker brown style. I am on the hunt to add a lighter colored winter hat to add to my collection, either like this cream version or this light grey style. These lighter color versions are perfect for transitioning from winter into spring.
Warm Weather Hats
Once the weather warms up I am all about a straw hat, whether boater, panama or sun style. They are practical when out in the sun all day and add great texture to summer outfits. You really only need one classic style like this option, but if you want to round out your collection you can’t go wrong with this or this.