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).
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.
1. Mimco Dandy Bow Cloche $119
2. Helen Kaminski Yesmin hat $265
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?