Growing Your Hat Collection

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 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. 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 boaterpanama 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.

My Favorite High Waist Jean Styles

High-Waisted Black Skinny Jeans

Is there anything more flattering than black skinny jeans? They are slimming and can be worn pretty much anywhere and with anything. I've had a few great pairs over the years, but my current favorite is this pair from Urban Outfitters (seen in this post and this post). I wear them all . the . time. I need to get another pair before the ones I have totally wear out. While you can definitely find some pricier skinny jeans, I am partial to the wallet-friendly options like these from Old Navy and these from H&M.

  1. H&M Skinny Ankle Jeans - Only $9.99!
  2. Old Navy High Rise Rockstar Jeans
  3. BDG Twig High Rise Skinny Jean - I wear these constantly!

High-Waist Mom Jeans

I waited awhile before hopping on the mom jean trend because I just didn't think they would flatter my petite shape. But once I got this pair from H&M (seen here , here and here)....game changer. The straight leg and high cut feels modern and retro at the same time. I love how I can tuck in any shirt or sweater and still get a flattering fit. My H&M pair is a little wider through the leg, so I have been looking for an additional style that is just a bit slimmer. I've had my eye on these H&M jeans, but after seeing this Gap style I may be looking to get those instead.

  1. H&M Vintage High Ankle Jeans
  2. Gap Super High Rise Button Fly Straight Jeans
  3. ASOS High Waist Mom Jeans

Cold Weather Florals

Key Piece : Topshop Skirt

A few of my other dark floral favorites!

Winter Wardrobe - Pastel Colored Coats

Hello 2018! I for one am super excited to move into a new year and get a fresh start. I got a new planner for Christmas and have already been using it a ton to plot out upcoming plans and daily to-do lists. While I use my phone calendar to keep track of plans, personally I really like using a physical planner to keep organized. Anyway, now on to the actual topic of this post - colorful winter coats! 

Winter is in full force and a warm coat is absolutely necessary here in NYC. There is much to be said for a great black, navy or camel coat, but these neutrals can get to be a bit boring after awhile. I hunted down some great pastel options to brighten up my outerwear with candy-colored shades of pink and blue. I especially love this bright pink funnel-neck style and this longline blue topper. Take that Winter doldrums!  

Pink Coats

Blue Coats

What I'm Eyeing Now - New Year, New Wardrobe

'Tis the season for gifting, but that doesn't mean I don't have my eye on a few pieces to update my wardrobe as we move into the near year. Right now I am particularly interested in color, texture and details to add some style to my existing pieces.

Pink Cigarette Trousers - I have recently become infatuated with pink trousers and have been keeping my eye out for the perfect pair. This cigarette style from Topshop definitely fits the bill.

Red Sweater - Yes, a red sweater is perfect for the holidays but it will also be chic throughout the rest of the winter, especially pair with your straight-leg denim.

High-Waisted Straight Jeans - High-waisted jeans have quickly become my go-to fit. I especially love the straight fit with mild distressing.

Bright Scarf - Since I know I will be wearing a lot of dark colors and neutrals this winter, I am looking for some bright scarves to lighten things up. I also love this one from Express, on sale right now for only $29.

Beret - The French staple is trending hard this season, test out the look with this budget-friendly version from Urban Outfitters.

Cozy Grey Cardigan - You can never go wrong with classic grey, this cardigan will serve you year-round.

Plaid Coat - One part classic, one part menswear and at the same time totally cool, I love the idea of a classic plaid coat this winter. This is only $44!

White Ruffle Blouse - Simple but still interesting, I love the cascading ruffles on this top which make it easy to dress up or dress down.

Embellished Mules - It may be getting colder out but I'm not quite ready to give in to wearing only boots. I love how funky and fun these mules are, perfect for adding the finishing touch to a look.