Beginning Guide to Style a Hat: 4 Tips That Will Make Hat Wearing Easy

Beginning Guide to Style a Hat: 4 Tips That Will Make Hat Wearing Easy

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Beginning Guide to Style a Hat: 4 Tips That Will Make Hat Wearing Easy

A beginning guide to style a hat. Isn’t that what we all feel we need when we feel uncomfortable with an item? Since hats can be such a functional piece in our wardrobe, I wanted to explore this idea. Thus, here are 4 tips that will make hat wearing easy.
I’m also including two ideas for those of you who still may not want to wear a hat at all.

Quote of the day: “You will only get what you work for. Nothing more, nothing less.” Unknown

I never thought I was a hat girl. Believe me that I never wore one when I was a working girl. Yet now, they seem to be a constant companion, especially in the summer sun. If you still feel like they are “too much” or overwhelming, then follow along for the baby steps.

Insider tip: We get used to how we see ourselves. So if you think you don’t look good in hats, that’s only because you’re not used to it. Don’t believe me? Then research the term mere-exposure effect. It’s exactly what happened when my husband first started wearing hats. We would laugh because they all looked so funny on him. Yet now, he doesn’t leave home without one, and they all look good.

And while these are all tips as a beginner’s guide to style a hat, they are not hard and fast rules. You can wear any kind of hat with anything if you choose. Luckily the fashion police are a thing of the past!! Remember, have fun with your style and clothing. Life is too short to stress about the details.

Style a hat in a neutral color

Start with a Plain, Neutral Hat

To start your hat-wearing journey, I always suggest a plain, natural-colored hat that won’t stick out as much or scream “look at me.” Isn’t that what we are all scared of with hats?? That “look at me” phenomenon? Don’t worry, everyone is looking at their phones anyway. And if they do notice your hat, they will complement it!

This plain, neutral hat is one that will go with everything!

Insider tip: Once you’ve gotten used to this step with this hat, it’s easy to add more interest by tying a scarf around the band area. You can see how Lesley has done this in the past. And it works with almost any shape of scarf.

A low profile cap as beginning steps to style a hat

The Low Profile Hat

The lower profile hats are a great step when you are just starting to wear these accessories. Since they don’t stick up as much, they aren’t the first thing that everyone notices.
A couple of options would be a newsboy hat, baseball cap or even a beret.

Insider tip: Make sure to check out the men’s section for hats too. If they are a tad too big, then just slap in a piece of hat tape to make them fit.

Match your hat to your top

Style a Hat with the Same Color

The idea to match the color of your hat to your top can be a great way to have it seem like that hat is a perfect part of the outfit.

Insider tip: Don’t think you have to spend a ton of money to have hats of different colors. I’ve found many of my hats at thrift stores.

Keep accessories minimal when you style a hat

Keep Accessories Minimal

Another thought for a beginner in styling hats would be to keep the rest of your accessories small. In the example above, I didn’t wear a necklace or large earrings. Again, this is not a rule for all hat-wearing, but a suggestion to make them feel easier to wear at first.

Now that you have the tips to make hat-wearing easy, check out 5 different ways they can change up the style of a look.

Still Don’t Feel Comfortable Wearing a Hat?

Then I have 2 other options. A visor can give you the shade of a hat on your face, but it’s not as overpowering and it may not mess up your hair as much.

The other choice to keep the sun off your body is a parasol. We don’t see parasols that often in our neck of the woods, but they could be your new best friend.
My parasol?? It’s from my friend’s site called Lily Lark where they aren’t just functional sun blocks but also works of art. You can get 15% off with the code, JTOUCHOFSTYLE. I showed it recently in our beach photos too because they work for many occasions.

Beginner guide to style a hat

Photo credit: Rob Filogomo

My Goal

Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.

My hope is that you get ideas and inspirations from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun?


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