We're off to the 2013 Kentucky Derby races — or at least, dressing the part. Whether that actually means you're headed to Churchill Downs or rooting for your favorite horse at a friend's party, there's one accessory that will supply all the Derby chic you'll need, and that, of course, is a gorgeous hat. What better place to draw outfit (read: head gear) inspiration from than the royals abroad? Namely, Kate Middleton and her sister, Pippa, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and Queen Elizabeth II. We're zeroing in on the most masterful works of hat art, courtesy of our favorite royal figures. Let this be a lesson: where royalty and the Kentucky Derby are concerned, the more dramatic the hat, the closer to heaven. Click on for all the inspiration you'll need.
We are all about sun protection here, so when we can cover up in style, we do so wholeheartedly! That's where the wide-brim hat comes into play. This particular style is sophisticated and adds the perfect finishing touch to our Spring and Summer looks. With that, we're calling out our favorite — and affordable — wide-brim hats on the market right now. See which versions topped our list here! On Allison McNamara: Tucker top, Darling skirt.
They say a great hat speaks for itself, but some of the headpieces that came down the runways during Russia Fashion Week could have been shouting.
The hats ranged from sculptural creations like Slava Zaitsev's orange and black design at left to the sumptuous fur caps from Bunker Z and the intricate jeweled and feathered creations from Marina Makaron. Even the oversize beanies at Alena Akhmadullina clearly had statements to make.
A look at those hats and more, here in the gallery.
From sweet sandals and flirty dresses to a fresh pair of sunglasses, our Spring shopping list is growing by the minute. So what's the latest accessory essential to top our lineup (drumroll, please)? A cool-girl kind of hat. Fedoras, baseball caps, and beanies made their way down the Spring '13 runways — see Alexander Wang now — and we can't wait to test-drive the trend. Whether you're crazy for prints, prefer the basics, or land somewhere smack-dab in the middle, you'll want to shop 21 of our favorite Spring hats now.
Hats make pretty fabulous outfit accessories — but the looming question is: what's the best hat for your face shape? We headed over to ask the pros at Goorin Bros., so we can find the most flattering topper for our facial structure. There's more to it than you think! Watch on to see which hat you should be wearing. On Allison McNamara: Zara blouse, Forever 21 blazer.
When you're Kate Moss, hats don't just protect you from the sun or act as cool fashion statements; they can also win you titles. That's right, in an online poll conducted by the Headwear Association, Kate Moss emerged as the 2013 Hat Person of the Year, beating out hat-wearing competition like Bruno Mars and Anne Hathaway. We're not surprised. Adding any variety of hats to her outfits is practically, well, old hat for Moss, whose fedoras, caps, and Panama hats go hand in hand with her signature downtown London look. In honor of Kate's big win, we're taking a look back at 10 of her best hat-wearing moments and celebrating the supermodel's iconic style. Step inside and tip your hat to the always well-accessorized Kate Moss!
The easiest way to perk up your look? Today's fashion tip is incredibly easy: put a cap on it. We first started seeing sporty hats last year, and from the looks of these polished street stylers below, the trend is still going strong. Not only will this trend add a tomboy tilt to any look, it's the perfect remedy for bad Winter hair days. Try pairing a sleek leather rendition with a floral or printed dress for a fun play on ladylike-meets-sporty, or style a bright baseball cap with boyfriend jeans, a slouched tee, and oxfords for an effortless, off-duty look. Any way you spin it, it's a no-brainer in our style books. Shop our editors' picks below to add an instant pop of cool to your cold-weather getup now.
Whether or not it's true, let's assume that you really do lose body heat faster through your head than the rest of your body. If it's the case, then you need an amazing hat to keep your head warm and chic all Winter. We already covered the beanie, now it's time to tackle some other fabulous hats: cloche, fedora, floppy, baseball cap, and fur. We realize that hats can sound cooler in theory than in practice, but we really encourage you to embrace it this season. Because whichever style you may choose to make your signature, it will add major edge to all of your cold-weather looks. To see our Winter hat guide — including why we love each style, a coordinating street-style snap for inspiration, and our favorite picks — head right on in.
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Looking for a way to spice up your Winter wardrobe? How about trying a chic topper! From beanies to berets and Winter fedoras, we've curated a cool-girl selection of must-have hats to make any cold-weather ensemble a win. Watch now and let us know which is your favorite below! On Allison McNamara: Myne top, Hale Bob vest, Bauble Bar jewelry.
We admit it: trapper hats can be intimidating. It's daring enough to wear a regular hat, but one with wild fur and long ear flaps? It's a toughie; we get it. But we're here to put an end to any of your hesitations and encourage your stylish foray into trapper hats. Why? Aside from being the best possible hats to ward off the Winter chill, they're also surprisingly adorable. Just check out Jessica Alba looking wintry-cool in her furry trapper hat while in London. They're also the ultimate in fashion-meet-function — what better way to battle the cold and disguise a bad hair day at the same time? The key to working a trapper hat without looking silly is to really own it; exude major confidence, and keep the rest of your outfit a little sleeker (read: avoid layers of plaid and shearling, unless you're going for lumberjack-chic). Ready? Then get clicking. These nine trapper hats were made for staying warm and looking cool.
— Additional reporting by Hannah Weil