Did you know that wearing a hat is a great way to elevate a simple look to wowsa? Yep. That’s what “they” say! But it turns out there’s a right way to wear a hat so it accentuates your look rather than detracts from it. Plus, we gals just need to know what to do with the hair!! Amiright? I’m no expert, but I’ve done my research so you’ll know how to wear a hat this summer.
Do you wear hats during the summer? Of course, it’s actually fashionable and smart to wear hats throughout the year. But today let’s focus on the types of hats we’re more prone to wear during summer.
Wear a Baseball Cap
I’ve never really thought I looked as cute as other gals in baseball caps, but I think they just take some getting used to. You have to accept that you’re not going to look the same as you do with your hair down and no cap. Duh.
Hat Styling Tip #1 – Just do it! And do it and do it. Get used to seeing yourself in a cap or hat. Give it time. Soon you’ll be okay with what you see in the mirror and eventually you’ll love it!
Hat Styling Tip #2 – If you have longer hair, you can pull it up in a low messy ponytail or bun. Then pull it through the opening in the back of the cap or wear it below the cap. Keep the ponytail or bun messy and fun!
Wear a Wide-Brimmed Straw Hat
You’ve probably heard you need to wear a wide-brimmed hat to protect yourself from the sun. And indeed, a hat is a great sunblock. But keep your height and size in mind when selecting your wide-brimmed hat. Like your other accessories, such as your handbag, proportions matter.
Hat Style Tip #3 – Tall and larger framed gals will look more in proportion with very wide-brimmed hats, but if you are more petite select a hat with a brim that stays within the width of your shoulders.
But definitely carry a packable hat with you on vacation to the beach or anywhere you may be in the sun a lot. Select a hat that you can roll or fold up in your suitcase. The one I’m wearing in the photo above flew with me to Oregon with no problems.
Hat Style Tip #4 – Choose a flexible hat that you can pack in your suitcase for vacation.
Hat Style Tip #5 – If you are tall you can wear hats of contrasting colors more easily. But if you are petite, wear a hat that is similar in color to your outfit or that is close to your skin tone to gain a few inches.
Also keep in mind your face shape when selecting a hat.
Hat Style Tip #6 – If you have a long face, choose a hat with a shorter crown and a medium sized brim so you want look even longer. Conversely, if you have a small face or delicate features, select a hat with a small brim.
Hat Style Tip #7 – If you have a round face, choose a hat with an angular crown, like the one in the photo just above. If you have an angular face or square jawline, you will look prettier in a hat with a rounded crown.
Don’t be afraid to wear your hair down under your hat, too. We often worry about “hat hair.” But really, we rarely get that maddening indention with a well-fitted hat. As long as it’s not tight on your head, you probably have nothing to worry about. Or just keep a comb and travel size bottle of hairspray in your handbag so you can “poof” a little after removing your hat.
Hat Style Tip #8 – Wear a hat with a pared down outfit. Don’t wear a hat with a complicated or “fussy” outfit. It will only add to the mayhem! In the photo above I’m wearing a hat with a simple seersucker dress. You can see more of the look here.
Wear a Hat Hiking
I almost always wear a wide-brimmed, moisture wicking hat when I’m hiking or spending time on the beach.
Choose a hat that offers sun protection as well as moisture protection. I like a lightweight, polyester hat rather than one made of cotton. And definitely look for one with a chin strap. You can wear it when the wind is blowing, and tuck it in the cap when you don’t need it.
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Do you have tips?
Like I said, I’m no expert on wearing hats. There are many women who pull off this chic accessory and sun damage protector better than I do. If you have tips for how to select and wear hats, I welcome your input in the comments. Thanks so much for reading and sharing.
Today’s challenge in the Dressed for My Day Challenge is to “think about someone you know personally whose style you admire. Interview her in some way, asking her how she puts her outfits together, where she shops, what her style philosophy is. She’ll feel flattered and share gladly.”
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Sometimes I forget that everything I have isn’t really mine at all. It’s His. Each gift God has blessed me with is really a trust, a stewardship. I’m given the privilege of enjoying my family, my home, my career, my possessions, but I’m also responsible for taking care of them, holding them in open hands and even sharing them with others.
Do you need to be reminded today that someone you’re clinging to is not yours at all? Or maybe you need to remember that what you’ve worked so hard for is also a trust? Honestly, when we hold our blessings in open hands, we find that we can trust God and do not need to fear. We are relieved of much anxiety and greed.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. ~ 1 Chronicles 29:11