How Your Hat Can Make a Statement

A casual outfit with hats for women over 50

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!!!

Hats make a statement

In Jean’s words: “This hat has a ‘skirt’ to shade the neck. The black thing on the crown is a piece of felt over the Velcro that catches to the little Velcro square on the bottom of the tail but I leave it hanging down, my neck is already wrinkled from years of sun. The grey part in the front crown is mesh for ventilation. It’s wonderful. I wear this hat all the time in the garden.
This is the hat I call my ‘Doris Day’ hat. I don’t remember the source but it’s the only nice straw that I own.
Before I had such a marvelous hat for doing yard work, I just wore these little straw hats that cost a dollar. Their only drawback is that they tend to fly away in the wind because there’s nothing to hold them on. They do have a little grosgrain band on the inside so ties could be sewn on.
Here below the gnat line in South Georgia, we are plagued with gnats. The latest fashion, and I couldn’t locate one right off, is to cut little pieces of Mardi Gras beads about 5-6 inches long and poke them through the straw around the edge of the brim about 4-5 inches apart. As you walk, the bead lengths shake and keep the gnats waved away. It really does work.
In one of the pictures, I’m wearing the plastic beads that are meant as hat pieces when I get around to assembling another gnat hat.”

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!

Hats for Women in their 50's , 60's & 70's

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!

Fashion for Women over 50

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)!

Style & FAshion for women over 50

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!!

Clothing outfits including hats

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??

Fashion for women over 60

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!

Style your outfit with a hat

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!!

Style is for mature women too

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!!

Hats for Women over 40

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!!

Style for women over 70

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!

Decorating your hat with material

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!

Owl necklace to match the outfit

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!!

Material around the brim of a hat

Jeans: XOXO (similar here)~~Kimono: thrifted (similar here)~~Top: St. John’s Bay (similar here)~~Shoes: (similar here)~~Necklace: (similar here)~~Earrings: (similar here)~~Hat: (similar 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!

Thanks to one and all of you for your support. It means more than you know!

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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! 

  • The Style Crone

    As you can imagine, I LOVE your post about hats. They are the perfect accessory for every occasion, and the three of you look absolutely fabulous in your headwear. Thank you so much for sharing your beauty with Hat Attack!!!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You really have been such an inspiration to many of us bloggers, Judith!!
      Just you wait—because we are bringing hats back into the mainstream!!

  • Jocelyn (@ReadingRes)

    I never ever wear hats – I think I’m missing out! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I didn’t either before I started blogging!
      But let me tell you how I wear them more and more now! They cover my messy hair, yet I don’t look as sloppy as if I wore a baseball cap!!

  • Stacey

    I love hats. I am trying to get comfortable wearing them more. Back in the day, friends used to call me Blossom from the 90s tv show because I looked like her and she always wore hats. LOL

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They really are a fabulous item, right?? And how cute you looked like Blossom—do you watch her now on Big Bang Theory???

  • Candace

    Hats have made statements for decades, as you have shown in your pics. Even going to church and/or Derbys so many ladies wear these big and bold colored hats making fashion statements. Being a blogger, I can now appreciate why they’re so loved and important. They make the perfect addition to any look, for any occasion!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You hit the nail on the head Candace—they are the perfect addition to a look!!
      I have a feeling I’m going to need a couple more in my collection now!!

  • You know how I love my hats. Where I live, just the act of wearing a hat is making a statement because folks around here just don’t. But, I had one friend go out and buy three hats because of me, so that’s making progress. Your mom’s Fedora would be my favorite and I own more of those than anything else. And it is now straw hat weather!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Well, I do think that we should do exactly that—wear our hats tons, to get other women to realize how fabulous they are!!!
      I mean, it’s taken me over 50 years to figure this out too—but no time like the present!!
      Thanks Terri!

  • Terri Webster Schrandt

    WOW, Jodie, all of these looks are amazing! I do not like hats on my own head (make me hot), but I cave when I’m out in the sun all day. Hats for women are so sporty and chic these days–love Charlotte’s bolero!! Way to rock the hats, ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      It’s true they do seem to make you hot—but really we should do a scientific test on it, LOL. Because I think the same way, yet wouldn’t it be hotter to have the sun blaring down on our head?? I’ll have to ponder this….
      Thanks for the love, Terri!! XOXO

  • Judy Gramith

    All of you look so cute in this post!!
    Jodie, not only do I love your sweater I think the length is perfect for summer. The design looks so difficult to do! Amazing artisans hip my dear!
    Nancy’s nod to western is perfect in it’s subtlety and I think would appeal to many women. I have several cowboy hats and fringed jackets in preparation for moving to the gateway to the west! Very cute boots Nancy!
    Charlotte’s kimono is so pretty. The soft colors are nice with her hat of choice and the necklace is really neat!
    Hats really need to be promoted more for their UV protection. I just bought another (a bit like yours) today at a consignment shop.
    I tip my hat to one and all!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s a great suggestion to go get a hat, especially if you’re not sure you’d wear it much—the consignment shop!! Maybe that’s where I need to go to increase my collection?!! Because I’ve found that I wear them quite a bit lately!
      Thanks for the wonderful compliments, Jude! My sweater wasn’t too difficult to knit—the colored yarn is all the same yarn, so I only had to switch between 2 different yarns. That makes it easier since I have 2 hands—I hold one yarn in one hand, and the other yarn in the other hand!!

  • Versatilestylebytracey

    I love hats. I have been going walking a lot these days to our Botanical Gardens and wear a hat to protect my face from the sun, something I’ve done since early adulthood. I love Espadrilles and bought red ones this season. As fringe being western, it’s also very boho!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You know, when you put it that way, it really seems like hats are an essential item, Tracey!! That makes such good sense!!

  • I’m a bit of a hat gal myself for several reasons, one of them you mentioned, you stand out. I like to be memorable and hats are brilliant at this.

    I also cannot have sun on my face at all. I wear hats every single day when I take the pug for a walk, along with sunscreen…and still I have age spots! I’m doing it because my face burns in an instant. So hats are pretty much a necessity for me.

    I love all your hats.

    I had to laugh about you and your Mom wanting to decorate everything. Welcome to my world ; )


    • Jodie Filogomo

      I saw that you visited a hat store with your meet up in Vancouver, Suzanne!! But what I didn’t hear is if you bought one??
      We just want to decorate things because it’s fun!!!! Right??

      • Well guaranteed that the two hats that I liked were over $400. Trust me to go into a shop and pick out the most expensive items. Unlike Shelley or Judith that managed to find items around the $60 range. So no, I did not buy any hats. As a thrifter I cannot indulge $400 on a hat.

        • Jodie Filogomo

          Yah…I’m not sure I’ve spent $400 on any one item of clothing. But it definitely goes to show what great taste you have, LOL!

  • Jacqueline Rendine

    I love to wear hats! Most of the time it is on the weekend! I usually wear a baseball hat when I am outside to protect my skin!
    Stylin In St. Louis

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I actually love my baseball hats because they don’t press against the sides of my glasses and bug me after a couple of hours!! I used to have a great one with a shop girl on the front, but now I just steal my husbands, ha ha!!

  • Y’all are adorable in hats. And that sweater…you made it yourself! Amazing and I think it is so pretty!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Carrie!! I still love knitting so much. Sweaters are my fave to knit because they are such a staple in my wardrobe and then are so unique!!

  • I most often wear my hats in the fall but I love a good straw piece in the summer too! You styles are all super cute

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Me too, Michelle…but I’m trying to be better about keeping my pale skin from getting too much sun!
      Really what I think this means, is I’ll need to add some more summery hats to my collection–ha ha!!

      • Yes – you can never have enough in your collection 🙂

  • I love the look of hats!! I definitely don’t own or wear enough of them! Might have to check out some of the options you provided. You all look great in them! Thanks for sharing at the link-up, Jodie!

    Trendy & Tidy

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Aren’t they a fun accessory, Sarah??
      I’m really glad they are more popular lately!! They make a bad hair day way less stressful!!

  • Rhona Crouthamel

    I love hats, though I only own a couple. They are one of those items that always feels like a “luxury” to buy, so it gets passed over frequently. In fact, just this !morning while thrifting, I found a hat I loved, but when I had to try and reduce what I was buying for the budgets sake, the hat was one of the items to go. 😥 I’ve questioned that decision all day!
    You guys all look wonderful! Your outfits are so fun and just make me want to run and throw a hat on right now! I hope this encourages women to wear hats more! We’ve truly lost something wonderful there!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think you need to run right back and snag that had Rhona!! For some reason, it’s been amazing at how much attention you get when you’re wearing a hat. And I figure it must be because so many women don’t wear them!! So that hat will definitely be worth every dime.
      And it’s certainly not something I could make myself!! Besides the fact that it hides that unruly hair on my head!! XOXO

  • AModernMomBlog

    Jodie, your hat compliments that sweater and the espadrilles perfectly! I’m a sucker for a good hat this time of year. They are such a fun way to change up an outfit and who doesn’t love an extra layer of skin protection in the summer?!

    Happy Monday!
    Carly at A Modern Mom Blog

    • Jodie Filogomo

      They really do change up an outfit so much—you’re exactly right Carly!!
      And I need the sun protection as much as I can stand—I’ve already damaged it too much!!

  • I love all your hats! I am a big hat fan and have been for some time. My favorite style right now is the boat hat. Great post Jodie! Peace!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I have to admit that I don’t think about them as much unless I’m annoyed at my hair! But they really are super fun!! Now I just need a couple more in my collection, LOL!

  • I do love hats! On other people. but the style I like is the cloche.I also enjoy and have to wear is a sun hat, as you have to protect yor face from the sun! Jodie, you look great in the hat. love the style. Both other ladies look fab in their hats as it really suits their style.
    jess xx

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Jess!!
      I have one hat that is basically a cloche style, and I’ve worn it a couple of times!! They are just the funnest accessory!!

  • Charlotte Miller

    Oh Jodie–I never even noticed the glasses hanging on my owl necklace–thanks for pointing it out. And to think for 25 yrs. I wore reading glasses on leashes.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I don’t think I noticed that in person. It wasn’t until I had the photo huge and in front of my face that I saw how cute that was!!
      See— I am good for something!! 🙂

  • Hats look stupid on me! I have no ,,hat face,,. You do!😁😁😁 And your sweater is so very cute! And I love the colors Nancy is wearing.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally know what you mean Nancy…my husband is the same way. In fact, almost all of the hats we buy for him (because he loves the idea of them), I end up wearing more than he does!! Not that I’m complaining!! LOL!

  • I am all about hats too! I try to get my clients to wear them more because they instantly polish up any look. Love all the ones you ladies are wearing here.

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s how to describe it exactly, Kathrine!! They polish the look!! Thanks–I’m so bad with words and descriptions, ha ha!!

  • Your hats make such a fabulous statement! I need more hats in my wardrobe.

    Pumps and Push-Ups

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks Brooke—they really are quite fun!!

  • Lovely hats. I love them but have so few!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Now that surprises me only because I think that English women wear them so much more!! That must be a myth??

  • I love hats on other people, but then I put one on and I feel like it looks so weird. You ladies all style them perfectly!

    Treats and Trends

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I totally understand that Jamie!! I do think some heads lend themselves better to the different styles of hats. Can I tell you how long it took us to find a hat for my husband years back?? It seemed like forever—LOL!!

  • Laura

    I love adding hats to outfits, but always forget. And then I am never sure if I should keep it on in certain places or take it off. I should try dressing some of mine up with brooches, ribbons, or beads!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s really a good point Laura about leaving it on or taking it off. It seems like those etiquette rules aren’t in play any longer—at least that I know of!! Yet when you visit some of the churches in Greece–you had to have your head covered!!
      I think it’s super fun to decorate the hats that we have—why not??

  • Karen

    I love these looks, and I love hats!! Your hat is gorgeous Jodie!! I love wide-brimmed hats and this one is just stunning! I also like the color of the jeans and how you tied the whole outfit together. But that hat!!! Oh my! What a beauty! Your mom’s kimono is also beautiful and I really like the neutral color palette in her outfit. She looks cute in the hat and while I get what she’s saying about hat hair, she looks so pretty here that why not leave it on all day, as you said! I like Nancy’s look a lot. Especially love that olive green cardigan and how you followed a more western vibe with the boots. Are your mom’s jeans pink, or is it my eyes? But back to Nancy, I love those mint colored jeans and the green-on-green, looks wonderful! I have hats like Jean’s wide-brimmed one that I wear in the garden. It has a tie under the chin to keep it from blowing away. I love it for the old-fashioned out in the garden feel. It’s also cute with a scarf styled with a sundress. Your hat is the real stunner here though. Just amazing!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      Thanks for the wonderful love on my hat. First I have to tell you a funny story about it. Just this weekend, Rob & I went to World Market (so I could get a fun purse) and I was looking at the hats. I said, “I need a pink hat” and Rob says, “you already have one”. Of course when we got home, he was talking about this hat—which in my eyes is tan colored—not pink!! It’s so funny how we see colors so differently at times. Speaking of—my mom’s jeans are white in this post!! But it might not be your eyes—it could be your monitor?? (always blame the machinery, I say!!)

  • Jodie,
    I wear hats to cover up my bad hair days.
    I laughed when your mom said it will fuss up her hair!
    So true!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      That’s exactly my love for hats lately!! I’ve been trying not to wash it as often, but then there are more bad hair days, right? Heck, who am I kidding? Most of my days are bad hair days—ha ha!!!

  • Cute! I don’t wear many hats. I don’t know why, except winter ones. These really add to an outfit. Your bracelet is really eye-catching too. Happy Monday ladies!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I really didn’t wear them much except in the last 2 years or so either, Julia!! Of course, they wouldn’t work at work, but I have decided they are going to be fun for every season now!

  • A hat is a must in my neck of the woods. We need them in the winter for warmth obviously, but in the summer they are needed for sun protection. I would never travel without one. Love your choices!

    • Jodie Filogomo

      You are a smart cookie, Amy!!
      I know when we went on our Mediterranean cruise, we took one, but I don’t always think about it for other trips!! But you’re so right—I need to put this on my travel checklist!! Thanks!

  • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

    Oh Jodie! Yes hats are a great Statement! I love it so much. I think People have to wear more hats 😉
    Your knitted sweater ist sooooo amazing Jodie 🙂
    Xo Tina

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I think it’d be fun to get women wearing hats more, Tina!! Between the two of us—we’ll have to get the trend going!! 🙂

      • Tina von tinaspinkfriday

        hihi YES Jodie…. Tschakka :))

  • Kirsten Wick

    I’m loving all of these hats and I couldn’be be without them myself. Straw and boater hats in summer all the way. To me they are the icing of a cake and if I’m honest I could buy a new one every single day. Lol! Love, Kirsten x

    • Jodie Filogomo

      I’m just starting to realize how right you are Kirsten!! I almost just bought another one at World Market this weekend, but I already had one at home basically just like it!!