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Fall hats. It’s the topic of the day and one that I know can be pretty polarizing and I get it. Women’s hats can take some seriously weird turns and they aren’t always an approachable accessory. And as you guys know we’re all about cool/cute, casual, comfortable, approachable style around here that’s also practical, and trust me when I say that great hats can totally fit all of those descriptors. Swear!
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The problem with women’s hats, in any season, is that they can easily veer right into either aggressively hipster territory (hey, to each their own but we’re not over here pretending we’re protecting the homestead and herding cattle out there on the untamed American frontier) or into overly floppy, slightly ridiculous cat lady territory (again, to each their own. Cats are awesome). Yet the necessity to find hats that protect us from the elements and are stylish and flattering enough to wear on your average day out and about remains. We need ‘em! And this, my dear hat-seeking friends is the very purpose of today’s post.
In my personal opinion, there’s no better season for finding and wearing stylish, flattering hats than Fall. Fall hats can be so beautiful and fun to wear, and such a perfect addition to any casual, chilly weather outfit if you find the right style. So I thought it would be really fun and useful to roundup the best of the best Fall hats for women that are flattering, won’t make you look absolutely ridiculous and are totally functional, too. Because the Fall wind is real and we need hats to tame that mane! Neutral, wearable, versatile, comfortable. That’s what we’re after today and by the end of this post my goal is to make the subject of hats feel totally doable to you, so make sure you let me know in the comments section if I can fill in any missing pieces!
When it comes to finding and wearing Fall hats, there are several guidelines that I stick to — a wide, structured brim (no flop), neutral in color, pinched crown, and made of either felt or straw. Simple as that! And the reason that I’m not categorizing by traditional hat style names is because today’s hat styles are so often a mashup of several traditional hat styles, creating entirely new hybrid styles that don’t fall under one traditional style. But in general I love Panama hats, campaign hats, wide-brimmed fedoras, boaters, boss of the plains hats, and planter’s hats. But like I said, some of today’s hats are a mashup of several traditional styles, so don’t get hung up on the names or how a hat is identified. Go with the visuals and find what you love that way!
For the colder seasons I do love a good felt/wool hat like this one, this one and this one, and though a straw hat can sometimes feel beachy and summery, I absolutely love this straw Brixton hat that I have on here for Fall, which is a wide-brimmed fedora/slightly Panama-ish style. The caramel colored straw is such a great Fall hue and the leather band makes it feel much less beachy and totally appropriate for this season. It’s such a versatile, neutral and rich color combo, too! I’ve been topping so many different Fall outfits with it ever since I got it, and I think that blue leather band makes it such a perfect partner for denim. It’s quicky becoming one of my favorite accessories in my arsenal, which has totally surprised me because a hat hasn’t traditionally been the first accessory I reach for in my closet.
I’ve also come to realize that the way you wear a hat is just about as important as choosing the right hat style. I’ve definitely had to experiment with the way I wear a wide brimmed hat like the one I’m wearing here, and I’m certain that initially I wasn’t exactly nailing it. Hell, I still may not be nailing it, but at least now I feel completely comfortable in them. Gotta rock that hat with confidence, ya know?! Initially, I’m pretty sure I was choosing my hat positions based on the options outlined in that iconic scene from Murphy’s Romance, so that’s probably where I went wrong. I think now I’ve decided that I’m a “wear it tipped slightly back on my head” kind of gal, which according to Murphy means, “ya like people, your digestion works and ya got all day.” Sounds about right! Approachable. Personable. Likable. That’s all I’m after here, guys! It also seems to be the most flattering position for a wide brimmed hat on my head, so I’ll stick with that for now. Thanks for the education, James Garner!
All of the Fall hats I’m loving and that I know you’ll love, too are in the “Shop” widgets above and below and trust me when I say that there’s something in there for every single one of you, so make sure you scroll through to see them all. I’m totally confident that every style and shape I included would be flattering on pretty much anyone and bonus, the colors are perfectly neutral and rich, fitting right into that Fall color palette! And if you’re still scared to take the leap and try a hat for Fall, know that you’re not alone. If you’re not used to rocking a hat on the reg. it can be an intimidating prospect, but know that if you find a hat you love, that hat will love you back and it’ll show every time you wear it! And I’ll be your Murphy over here cheering you on, telling you that you look like a badass and tipping my hat to the side with you when we need to go lookin’ for a fight.
I’m dying to hear what hat styles you’re loving for Fall… or just in general… in the comments section! Do you love the wide brimmed look or do you rock the baseball cap like it’s going out of style. Which it’s definitely not! And do you love Murphy’s Romance as much as I do? Tell me everything!
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