July 17, 2008

The Hat For Summer 08

Hats are all the rage this summer. More specifically, straw hats are all the rage. The aim to look chilled-out-rock chic or festival chic. The nice thing about this S/S08 trend is that on the runway, any style of straw hats will do, whether the hat is the smaller fedora style, or larger floppy style. And most importantly, hats are so useful for the summer days out. Actually on any given day, I'd prefer not to have to wear a hat (-hat hair!) but since I've been travelling a bit, I really wanted something to protect my skin from the sun. Thus my sudden interest in the hat trend.
The most practical hat for shading my face from the sun would be one of these huge floppy hats. And I figure I would feel less idiotic wearing one this summer since it was on the runway and hey, even Blair wore it in Gossip Girl (-bad logic, I know.) But since it's not really possible for me to fit such a large, irregular shape into my suitcase, I decided against it.

The shape I wanted was one like the one Rachel Bilson was wearing. It looks so cool on her!

It looks a lot like this fedora from Urban Outfitters. Unfortunately, it seems to be only available in the US.

I tried on a similar one to the one Kristen Dunst is wearing in the photo from Top Shop, butI thought it looked way too much like a cowboy hat. I wanted to look festival chic, not like I thought Halloween had come early. Plus the sides were so short it didn't seem like it would actually shade my face from the sun.

So I ended up settling for this hat -it's part practical and part festival chic. And it fits perfectly into my suitcase. I've been really loving it on my holidays!

I also debated between straw colour and black. I thought black was even more versatile than straw colour. But in the end, I decided to get into the spirit of travelling and the current trend and opted for a straw-coloured one. (The straw-coloured hats must have been much more popular than the black ones because the Top Shop I went to only had one straw-coloured hat left, whereas there were still many black ones.)

Anyone else been having fun with this trend this summer?


Anonymous Jess@fashion156.com said...

I'm liking the straw headgear! I have to confess i've been hankering after a Panama hat for ages now!

I've started wrapping a different ribbon each day around my own battered straw hat.


7/17/2008 5:57 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

These straw hats look great

7/17/2008 6:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting post about the shopping and decision process and i like what you chose. i think floppy hats look better at the beach and the fedora is so overdone. your classic hat would look great with shorts, a sundress, or even something more formal. i love hats but i have never worn them much but i would try this. thanks for the "tip" ;-)

7/17/2008 7:34 PM  
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7/17/2008 7:36 PM  
Anonymous listiyani said...

i like it.. just got one from topshop.. but it seems like the top part is a lil high.. unlike the ones shown from ur blog.. but lurve it anyway.. hehe

7/17/2008 8:56 PM  
Anonymous trend de la creme said...

i should seriously consider one. i'm getting freckles like mad!

7/17/2008 11:25 PM  
Blogger Pamcasso said...

I may have to get the urban outfitters one, I've been on the hunt for a while.

7/17/2008 11:41 PM  
Anonymous cortney_oldt said...

I like straw hats for the beach, but have hesitated because I don't know how I would pack one.

Why does the girl in the top photo have a mustache?

7/18/2008 12:55 AM  
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7/18/2008 2:16 AM  
Anonymous Sexy Costume said...

I should really tell my mom this, she's been rocking straw hats for the longest time and now its finally back!

7/18/2008 2:32 AM  
Anonymous chris said...

i was kind of tinkering with it, but it's official - i MUST have one now. i'm gonna give both types (floppy and fedora) a chance and see which suits me better :} thanks for the inspiration!

7/18/2008 2:51 AM  
Blogger Lavon said...

I searched for a hat. the fedora to be exact and each one I tried on made me look like I had taken a little boy's hat and put it on.

I am 5 10 and I guess all the hat they make are for petites

I opted out of the hats since they really just do not fit me.

I guess my head is to big.

7/18/2008 11:55 AM  
Blogger Thu said...

i'm not much of a hat person either. in fact, probably the only one i've ever owned was a cap with cartoon characters on it back in second grade or something.

7/18/2008 2:32 PM  
Blogger Juliet said...

I have to of this kind of straw hats, one large one and one kind of what you had in mind. I haven't used them even once. Have no idea why.

juliet xxx

7/19/2008 1:10 AM  
Blogger anita said...

love rachel bilson's hat! it looks SO cool on her and on her outfit, im runnin' right now to get one! lol!

7/19/2008 2:28 AM  
Blogger Girl-Woman said...

I'm having more fun with hats than a girl should.

...adding you to the Fashion Web Tour for the weekend.

7/19/2008 6:45 AM  
Blogger Michelle Auer said...

I love the hats, but I wish they would make more sizes. I'm very tall and have a large head, so hats tend to be too small so I miss out on the cute summer hats.

7/19/2008 7:55 AM  
Blogger bestie said...

ugh, i can never pull off this kind of hat. but the one on rachel bilson does look super cool..

7/19/2008 8:01 PM  
Anonymous Andréa - Vanguarda said...

I love hats..

7/20/2008 1:25 AM  
Blogger My Most Favourite said...

I love hats too!!!

7/20/2008 3:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

am i the only one who thinks rachel's outfit looks really bad?

7/20/2008 8:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this sucks balls!!!!!

7/21/2008 7:44 AM  
Anonymous iluvnini said...

Hi, would you please tell me what site you got the straw floppy hat from? I've been looking for a hat for my upcoming Hawaii vacation and this one is perfect! Thanks!

7/22/2008 12:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


HADLEY FREEMAN HAD THIS TO SAY ON THE MATTER OF HATS (she is the demi-god[des] of how to wear 'it' well)

Is it ever acceptable for a woman
to wear a hat?
Caroline Church, by email

No. Either you go down the traditional flower-pot route and end up resembling Hyacinth Bucket. Or you try to go all "jaunty" and "ironic", two states of being that are only mildly more annoying than the ho-ho-ho quotation marks in which they are sandwiched.

And let's discuss this latter peril for a moment, shall we?

Why oh why oh why (etc, etc) do women think that by wearing a hat they look kooky and individualistic - and yes, Sienna and Agyness, I am addressing this question to you (girls, call me on my usual number, we need to talk) - when, in fact, they look like what they are: Kate Moss 2004 wannabes and/or teenage Italian exchange students from 1989.

There is nothing wrong with Italian exchange students, of course. They are welcome to come over here and stand in a queue in front of Madame Tussauds all they like. But that doesn't mean I approved two decades ago of their headwear, or the way it has somehow inveigled itself into the mainstream-that-thinks-it-is-not-mainstream but actually-really-cutting-edge-but-is-totally-utterly-not.


7/22/2008 3:15 AM  
Blogger nickilee said...


I was looking for a new summer hat and came across a great online store, swell.com, that has a huge selection of straw fedoras and other trendy summer hats. If you were looking for similar styles to some of these they probably have what you want! My favorite is the Brixton Corsair since I have a little head and it's super feminine for a fedora.



7/23/2008 2:13 AM  
Anonymous kristensational said...

i'm probably in the vast minority here, but i don't see what's all that wrong with trucker caps still...as far as shielding you from the sun and keeping you cool, they're still the best to me. there are a couple of sites that have pretty neat ones...this one for example:


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7/24/2008 9:54 AM  
Anonymous iluvnini said...

Thanks Nicki! =)

7/24/2008 9:46 PM  
Anonymous Mirkku said...

Yes! I just got me a straw hat, and I'm loving it!

7/25/2008 9:18 PM  
Anonymous alessandra said...

LOVE love LOVE Kirsten Dunst's getup! It's so cute. I have mimic it because imitation is the is the sincerest form of flattery. I got awesome jeans from the funky and trendy store in new york House de lux.. they are oh so comfortable and I get compliments on them every time i wear them! Check them out you'll be hooked!

7/26/2008 4:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they're all cute in my opinion! I should really get a nice hat...

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