With the Royal Wedding behind us and the pages of our favourite magazines and newspapers dominated by images of regal headwear couture such as Tara Palmer Tomkinson’s glaringly blue Philip Treacy number, resembling what can only be described as a folded napkin in a high end restaurant, placed strategically on her forehead, and of course THAT hat, worn by Princess Beatrice, it seems about time for some positive publicity for head attire. I am not talking about intricately constructed pieces resembling reindeer antlers, nor am I referring to fascinators requiring ten thousand hair grips in order to remain perfectly in place. No, I am promoting the respectable, trend inspiring, simple, hat. A little exciting addition to enhance your outfit, a sexy straw number to glam up your festival chic or a fabulous floppy to brighten your day.
Hats have always had a place in women’s fashion; from 19th century Pride and Prejudice style bonnets with huge ribbons tied under the chin, to 1920s head hugging cloche hats that fitted perfectly on top of tightly curled, bobbed hair. Hats epitomise glamour and can stand as a bold fashion statement just by themselves.
This summer is all about feeling girly in dresses, floral prints and bright colours, and what better way to complete your floaty, feminine, boho look than with a wide brimmed floppy hat. Alternatively strike a hot look even if the sky is grey with a straw fedora, or take your outfit from daytime to night-time with a simple yet striking bowler hat.
Just recently, I was shopping and decided against buying a beautiful purple floppy hat for fear that I would not wear it. However, I intend to march over to the shop as soon as this article is complete and make a purchase. I am going to wear my hat with pride and I hope you will do the same.
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Wide Brim Floppy Straw Hat – £24.00, Urban Outfitters; Straw And Feather Floppy Hat – £25.00, Topshop; Straw Bowler Hat – £20.00, Urban Outfitters.