Fab Friday style tip: make hats part of your winter wardrobe

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 24 Comments

I live in a part of the world where hats are a must pretty much throughout the whole year.  I’ve got a stack of summer hats, from straw beach hats to caps.  But when it comes to winter, I feel mighty dorky (second favourite Aussie fashion descriptive word after daggy) if I slap on a straw hat with boots and a layered charcoal and back outfit.

Just wrong.  And then I was browsing online shopping sites last week (as you do when you get to call this a job) and I stumbled across a TO DIE FOR navy felt hat at sass & bide (its Magenta sister is below – looks like the navy one has sold out. Bummer).

Love how Rachel McAdam looks super relaxed yet stylish walking off a plane ... it's in the hat and the jacket.  Photo: www.alfagroupnews.com

Love how Rachel McAdam looks super relaxed yet stylish walking off a plane ... it's in the hat and the jacket. Photo: www.alfagroupnews.com

And then I remembered the Mimco felt hat I bought three years ago that didn’t get much of a run last winter and realised I really do just need to wear it.  More. Often.

There are few winter days up here when you need a hat for warmth (nights are a different story) but if you’re looking for both warmth and fashion, then there really is no excuse to sacrifice your style.  There’s so many gorgeous winter hats out there – knitted or felt – that you’ll be cutting a very stylish figure in the playground, on the school drop off or at a weekend brunch this season.

Key styling tips

1.  Take into the account the shape of your head.  If you’ve got a big noggin like me, then make sure you’re not adding to the hugeness. That’s why I like the felt hats, they balance out my head shape.

2.  With knitted hats and beanies watch that the effect isn’t one that resembles a helmet head.  Not pretty.  On me, anyway.

3.  Resist the urge to wear your footy beanie anywhere but at the footy. Resist.

4.  If you’re buying one hat this winter, choose a neutral – camel, charcoal or black. If buying two, then add in one in a pop of colour.

Shopping suggestions

winter 2011 hats

1. Mimco Dandy Bow Cloche $119

2. Helen Kaminski Yesmin hat $265

3.  sass & bide I Can See Clearly Now hat $150

4. Sportscraft Molly Trilby hat $69.95

5. Country Road Check Flap cap $49.95

6. Helen Kaminski hat $185

What do you wear on your head in winter? Do you have a favourite winter hat style?

Comments 24

  1. Just one question… I love hats, but what about hat hair?? Or do you just keep it on all day, even when eating, shopping in inappropriately heated shopping centre, visiting friends, etc?

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      It’s a keep on all day thing – ideally you’re choosing a hat day for when you’re going to be outside a lot. Otherwise choose a hat that’s not too fitting and stick with a hair style that won’t be affected too much by it. I can get away with leaving my hair down and then taking the cloche in the above video on and off without noticeable hat hair.

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  2. Love a hat and do love your Mimco felt hat Nikki! Apart from the obvious sun-protection reasons, I love to wear one of my two trilbies when I go walking and even usually carry one to pop on when I come out of the shopping centre for the walk to the car. My grey one is from Goorin Bros. (check out their website http://www.goorin.com/women) and the camel one I bought from Just Jeans of all places and it brings me many compliments.

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  3. Went looking for hats today after watching your vlog, all inspired to find the right felt hat for me 🙂 found a few greys that were ok but I think I need black….or hot pink 😉

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  4. Here in the Julie Bishop electorate, you rarely see a winter hat apart from the very occasional beret-style knit on someone with long glossy hair…I don’t own any winter hats, unless you count my Wallabies beanie.

    God love that Sawhole!

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      1. Don’t worry, beanie lives, unworn, in a drawer – just in case you thought I wander around Perth in Qantas pyjamas and a Wallabies beanie…

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  5. Please explain hateiquette to me. I love the idea of owning hats but when do you take them off and when do you leave them on!?

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  6. I love hats! Perfect for when you don’t have time to wash your hair and everyone still thinks you look like you made an effort.
    Turbans are my new beanie, and I have flat caps, riding style caps, fedoras and felt wide brims for winter. Love them all.

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  7. I have a black fur hat…very Russian looking. Here in Tassie it works well. I also have a few beanies that are only used for gardening or other private activities. I am loving the grey beanie/cap that is nice enough to wear in public!

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