It’s not exactly a secret that hats are strong again this fall. The fact is, they tend to happen in various forms every fall. But this fall they are about as ever-present as I can remember. I think that’s a good thing, but they do present a problem.
Because hats take a certain amount of attitude to pull off. That doesn’t mean you need a bad attitude, but a confident attitude is a must. Few things are more irritating to me than seeing a woman wear a hat in a sheepish manner. It comes off as though she is wearing a costume instead of a strong accessory, and it immediately makes it look like she is trying to be trendy instead of fashionable and that’s very likely not the case.
I tend to blame this mishap on the hat and not the woman. Usually she’s simply wearing one she doesn’t identify with. The wrong hat doesn’t instill the confidence it takes to pull it off, so it’s worn without conviction.
Last fall it seemed that every fashionista on Instagram was wearing the same version of a hat and pretty much hordes women followed suit. I don’t blame them: that floppy brimmed burgundy or black hat was so great to hide a bad hair day and I did it too. Problem was, they didn’t look great on everyone and everyone didn’t carry it off well.
Plus…soon they were everywhere…and we all know how much herd mentality is detested here.
This is where western has the edge above the rest of the fashion world: western fashion offers quite possibly the largest variety of hats on the market! That means you can choose a hat that’s perfect for you, stands out from the crowd, and lets you still be on trend but still unique.
From super-structured and tall, to embellished and feathered, there are hats for every personality. And the right one will allow a woman to wear it with the confidence that she’s wearing a piece unique to her own personality. Confidence stems from authenticity, and hat-style success comes from finding the perfect hat for you and not necessarily the trend.
Just make sure you’re wearing it the right way around because anyone who wears one regularly knows when you’re wearing it backwards. And they won’t necessarily tell you either!
How can you tell if your hat is on right? If there’s a little bow attached to the inside band, it goes toward the back. Plus, any buckle or embellishment above the brim should be oriented left.
Tell me, are you ready to get your head in a new hat for fall? Or do you already have a favourite? I know I’m looking forward to adding a couple of new ones to my ever growing collection, so share your favourites, won’t you?
Model: Sydney Paige
Styling and Photography: Judy Lamont