Let me start by saying that I am NOT a hat person. It’s not that I don’t like hats. In fact it’s quite the opposite. I love hats and want to be a hat person. But for those of us with small pea-sized heads, wearing a hat can make us look like a kid playing dress up. And as we all know, the golden rule for wearing a hat is to make sure you only wear ones that fit your head. If you’re in love with brimmed hats, as is the case with me and my fedora obsession, then it’s doubly important to find one that is scaled just right for your face and body. Aside from the obvious functional nature of protecting your scalp from the sun, a hat can change the complete look of an outfit. It can be that one accessory that sets you apart, whether you’re at a formal event or you’re just running some errands.
Thankfully it’s summer; and summer is about hats. Which means there was hope yet for this girl! Here’s what I’ve found to date that fits my wee head:
Nine West: $35
This Nine West brown with gold thread fedora style hat is “packable”, meaning it’s flexible and bendable enough to shove in a suitcase. The sole reason I snagged this sweet hat is that when I tried it on, I immediately felt glamourous – like I should be vacationing somewhere in the southern France … on my yacht. But my backyard will have to do for now.
Forever 21: $15
This fedora is natural straw with a black band and small black straw rim. It even comes in two sizes: small/medium and large. (Obviously this girl snagged the smallest option.) As this is a smaller hat, you can wear it farther back on your head – a la Lisa Bonet in her Cosby Show years – or “normally”. I chose the Lisa Bonet look, because why not?
Interesting fact about the Fedora: It first appeared in 1882 as a ladies hat. It debuted in the play “Fédora” by the French author Victorien Sardou whose main character Princess Fédora Romanoff wore center-creased, soft brimmed hat. The hat was soon a popular fashion accessory for women but after 1924, when Prince Edward of Britain started wearing them, the fedora was adopted by men. (History of Fedora) How about that!?