How Your Hat Can Make a Statement
Quote of the day: “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” Truman Capote
A hat has many functions that allows it to be well loved. It’s not only for shading you from the sun and keeping your head warm, but it can really make a statement. I think part of this is because women don’t wear them as much anymore. Sure, if you look back in the pictures from the early 1900’s, you’ll see a ton of hats on women. But now? Not so much.
So I invite you to stand out from the crowd, and wear one of your hats in public. Here we’ll be showcasing our hats for a more casual day. And don’t worry about having hat hair at the end of the day—it’ll probably look better than my hair on a good day, LOL!
Jean (Blogette): Thanks to Jean for joining in on the fun!! She sent me pictures of 3 different hats that she wears!!!
Jodie’s (50’s) Outfit: I have just recently been wearing hats more and more myself. Of course the idea that I could decorate them is probably one reason I’m so enthralled with them! LOL!
Of course, you can leave your hat without decoration, but this felt hat of mine, is perfect for adding brooches and pins to it! The one time I wore it out shopping, here, with it decorated to the gills, was one of those times, I got so many compliments on my outfit! My theory is that you just don’t see many women in hats nowadays, so you really stand out in a crowd!
This day, I only added one pin to the hat. This pin was originally on a short cardigan as it’s closure, but I find that I wear it with other items way more!! Therefore, I keep it in my jewelry box!! You know me–I love to think outside the box on how items can be versatile!
You might laugh at how I decided what to wear for this outfit. Of course, I picked out my hat, and then my jeans, but I also wanted to wear these new espadrille sandals. So I had to find a shirt or top that could pull these colors together.
This sweater is one of my hand knit creations from many years ago. It’s one of those that when I finished it, it wasn’t quite right. It ended up being a little too short, so I had to add about 10 rows to the bottom of it to make it work. Truthfully, it’s still a tidge too short, and I’m better off wearing a shirt or camisole under it for comfort!
Since the sweater’s sleeves are 3/4 length, I wanted to add in a bunch of bracelets!!
I piled on a couple of multi colored bracelets to mimic the colors from the sweater. But in retrospect, it might have looked more cohesive with a lone, red bracelet?
Bracelets are one of those accessories that I couldn’t really wear in my working days, so I don’t have that many of them! But trust me, I’m trying to make up for lost time. I find so many gorgeous ones for so little money, like this one or this one (OMG—I might need to buy that one)!
Espadrilles always seem to be in style every summer season! This year, I’ve been seeing so many with the ties at the ankles or a strap at the ankle!!
If you like this look, then boy are you going to be happy with the options that I found for you, here, here or here! Of course, if you’re not the hugest fan of a strap around your ankle then there are other cute ones too. You could always go with a tweed version or a metallic version! Or if you just want a plain like sandal then these or these might be your cup of tea! You have to admit, that it does seem like there is an espadrille for everyone!!
Jeans: Free People-thrifted (similar here)~~Sweater: I knitted it (similar here)~~Shoes: Louise et Cie (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Bracelet: (similar here or here)~~Hat: BP (similar here)
Nancy’s (60’s) Outfit: For Nancy’s casual hat outfit, she picked her tan, perforated one.
It’s not really a cowboy hat, but she thinks of it as more western. I really think every woman should have a cowboy hat in their closet. Even if you only wear it for costumes, it’s such an iconic piece. However, I realize that not all of you live in the wild, wild, west, so I found some that are less cowboyish. You could consider this one a Jamaican cowboy hat or this one a wild cowboy hat! If those two just don’t float your boat, the how about a July 4th one or an air conditioned one??
After picking out the hat, we found her fringed cardigan in the closet. Fringe is considered quite western, I think, so that started the whole outfit for us!!
Since the only green fringed jacket I could find for a similar piece below, was out of my usual price range, I thought I’d check some other colors for you too! Here’s a longer version or shorter version if you like sleeves. But since the warmer weather is right around the corner, here and here are a couple of vests that might be more your style!
And since we were trying to channel a western vibe in Nancy’s outfit, we included her ankle boots. And I cuffed her jeans so you could see the boots better!!
I almost think spring and fall are the two best seasons to wear your ankle boots. They aren’t as warm as your tall boots, since many days are still a little too cool for sandals! If you haven’t tried out some of the newer styles of ankle boots, there are some interesting versions. Like these will give you some ventilation and these let your tootsie be exposed!!
Another detail in Nancy’s outfit is her floral blouse.
This was one of those items we bought while shopping together a couple of years back. I never used to be a huge fan of floral clothing items, but I think either they’ve gotten nicer, or I’ve gotten smarter!!
Because isn’t spring time just made for flowers on our clothing? And so as not to limit you to shirts, how about a bomber, a skirt, jeans or even sneakers? I included the sneakers as a toast to our series a couple of weeks ago where we styled them with everything from skirts to leggings!!
Jeans: Chaps (similar here)~~Cardigan: MetroStyle (similar here or here in a vest version)~~Top: LOFT (similar here)~~Boots: Bare Traps (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: Rogue (similar here)
Charlotte’s (70’s) Outfit: My mom has quite a few hats in her closet, but she won’t wear them because they “muss up” her hair.
Of course, my retort to the fact that the hat smushes your hair is that you just keep the hat on the entire day. Then no one will realize it, right?
And we know that the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree, since my mom loves decorating her hats also. If this material around the brim of the hat looks familiar, it’s because you saw it last week as a scarf, here! And even before that as a shirt!!
For my mom’s outfit, we decided to copy the colors from the material around the brim of the hat.
Mom just bought this kimono at a thrift store the other day, so it was a perfect time to pull it out. Just like fringe is all the rage right now, so are the kimonos. I think these can be the perfect topper for many outfits. If you like a more colorful version, then this one could be calling your name. However, if you’re more of a black & white combination lover, then this one is quite stunning!
Either way, I think these kimonos are perfect to add some interest to a casual t-shirt!! And if you buy an item with fringe on it and the fringe comes out, then you should do what my mom did to her kimono. Just sew a line of thread over the top of the fringe to keep it in place!
My mom’s owl collection is never ending, so if you need something, just let me know…ha ha!
But isn’t this necklace so cute with the glasses hanging down from it? I couldn’t find anything like it to link to as a similar item, but there is no shortage of other owl necklaces to check out. Like this one if you like jade or this one is you are into the shell colors!
Since we were styling mom’s outfit for a casual day, I had her throw on her white jeans and sneakers!
I am the hugest fan of white jeans and have been for years. To my way of thinking, they make all the other colors pop so nicely. And since my mom’s outfit was more muted on the top half, I thought the white jeans would brighten it up!
Of course, white jeans will get dirty and dingy over time. That’s why I don’t spend a lot on them. Like these are a good deal. For those of you worried about spilling then let’s thank Land’s End for stain repellent ones here or here!!
Wearing a hat may not be the first thing you think of when you get dressed in the mornings. But I think it’s a fun way to add a statement to your look! Even if it’s just a casual day for running around!
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Since summer is right around the corner, I rounded up some other fun, casual hats that would make a nice addition to your closet!