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7 Must-Have Types of Stylish Hats ...

By Charissa

If there’s one thing I love about fashion it's when functional necessities double up as a fashion statement, so cue stylish hats. There’s just something about topping off your outfits with stylish hats, and as Jeanine Larmoth so rightly puts it, "A hat is a shameless flatterer, calling attention to an escaping curl, a tawny braid, a sprinkling of freckles over a pert nose, directing the eye to what is most unique about a face. Its curves emphasize a shining pair of eyes, a lofty forehead; its deep brim accentuates the pale tint of a cheek, creates an aura of prettiness, suggests a mystery that awakens curiosity in the onlooker." That being said, let's dive into the world of stylish hats!

1 ColorBlock Fedora

ColorBlock FedoraThe juxtaposition of colours in fashion accessories is a subtle manner of embracing the colour blocking trend if you are afraid of looking like a clown. Unless you’re living under a rock, it’s no shock that fedoras are extensively common hats among both men and women. Whilst many would agree that a classic fedora is a must-have when it comes to stylish hats, I suggest choosing to don a colour block fedora instead to ensure your fedora stands out from the rest! Check out this Colorblock Fedora from BEBE.

2 Echo Headphone Hat

Echo Headphone HatThere’s a hat for every season and this headphone hat from Echo is perfect for braving the cold winter. You would think it’s called a headphone hat for its mere headphone design alone. But that’s just one of the reasons behind its name. In fact, the Echo headphone hat comes with lightweight detachable headphones sewn into the hat as well! Yes, you read that right! For $45, it’s a steal for a super cute hat that keeps both your head warm and the tunes in.

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3 Cat Ear Bowler Hat

Cat Ear Bowler HatWhenever I think of bowler hats, I think of Charlie Chaplin and that’s probably the easiest way to distinguish a bowler hat from the rest of the vintage chapeaus that have made a comeback. This bubble-shaped curved brim hat with car ear accents is available in several colours but if you’re looking for one that matches with most outfits, you can’t go wrong with black! It adds that cute element to your outfit without trying too hard.

4 Floppy Hat

Floppy HatA floppy hat is an absolute must when it comes to keeping the sun out of your face while getting your tan on, whether you are lounging at the beach or poolside. Take it up a notch and go for a vibrant colour like this striking red floppy hat from SWELL that will go great with those sundresses in your closet too. Can you picture it yet? You with big sunnies and a gorgeous floppy hat looking like an oh-so-chic beach bunnie.

5 Panama Hat

Panama HatAnother summertime staple is the Panama hat. There’s no such thing as one too many hats to shade your face from the summer heat, right? Plus nothing says "summer" like a straw hat. So, diversify your warm weather collection must-haves and stay cool with a Panama hat. I personally like this one from Free People for its suede detailing and a mix of the floppy hat, giving off a boho chic vibe.

6 Pork Pie Hat

Pork Pie HatIf you have watched Breaking Bad, you would be familiar with the pork pie hat worn by Walter White, well, his personality Heisenberg to be exact. A pork pie hat has a flat crown and turned up brim. It’s similar to a fedora but without a pinched crown. Pork pie hats are usually associated with hipster fashion, but hey, there are other ways to wear a pork pie hat if you are not too keen on the hipster trend.

7 Leather Baseball Cap

Leather Baseball CapAmerica’s favourite pastime has inspired a hat that makes much more of a style statement than you would've guessed. Yes, I’m referring to none other than baseball caps! These nonchalant toppers have come a long way from workout accessory to couture millinery and soared to new heights when it was given a fashion makeover with leather. Leather baseball caps were a hit on the runways last year and have since taken to the likes of celebrities such as Rihanna and Selita Ebanks for the sport-meets-edgy street style look.

If the hat fits, wear it! All you need is confidence to throw on a fine chapeau and you’ll be wondering why you ever thought you wouldn't look good in one. Would you wear any of the ones listed? What other hats do you think should make the list?

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