We live in Canada and in Canada there’s winter and in the winter, there’s snow, static and goodness gracious, cold. . . so much cold. As a matter of mastering the circumstances to which we are exposed, we love, love, love integrating hats into our wardrobe. Hats are a rad, fashionably functional article of clothing that can up the cute factor while adding a dash of practicality to any outfit.
If you’ve ever become overwhelmed, all-out-in-love with a hat in a store, only to bring it home to become over-the-moon-overwhelmed about how impossible it is incorporate it into your wardrobe, this post is for you. “I hate you, hat! You hear me?? I hate you.” The aim of today’s post is to change your mind on hats and perhaps get you thinking about them differently. Hats are meant to serve as a cherry on top of a look. . . you’ll see what we mean.
This is our friend Jill:
...but we both call her yin. About four years ago, when Jill, Lecina and Libertee were becoming best friends, it was overwhelmingly apparent that the similarities column radically outweighed the differences column and in recognition of this, the three began referring to one another as their respective yins. Know this – if we call you a yang, you’re kind of a jerk. Along with being one of their favorite humans on the planet, Yin is a ridiculously devoted university student that walks to and from campus on the daily. Hats are a great way to not only keep her warm, but save her hair en route, as well as save her time in the morning. All of the looks featured on today’s blog serve not only a practical purpose, but we feel you’ll agree – are just the most adorable.
For today's post , she came out to her town, beautiful Saskatoon! We couldn't think of a more gorgeous setting to feature some of our favourite, fall-esque, hatty looks. Looking' Good Saskatoon. (whistle, whistle!)
How to hat 101:
- Hats have a way of stealing the show – be conscious of creating a balance throughout your outfit to make it look like you’re wearing the hat and it’s not wearing you. (You’ll see what we mean down below)
- Always make sure that your hair is exposed under your hat, failure to do so will create the floating face phenomenon . . .
- Choose hats that are a different color than your hair, failing to delineate between your hat and your hair will cause a confusing and heavy illusion. Hats, like any other wardrobe staple, should be differentiated.
- Hats come in different sizes! Be sure to try the hat on before you commit to the purchase. Hats that fit too small have the propensity to make it look like they’re giving birth to your face, while hats that are too big can make it look like you need to ask permission to go to the bathroom. Fit. Matters.
- Wear a hat that matches the season! Be sure to keep summer hats in the summer. Wearing a straw hat while it’s forty below will make you look like that scarecrow you were just too lazy to take out of the garden.
How much is that floppy hat in the window?
Walk into any boutique right now and you’re sure to see a floppy hat in the window. We love the look of the floppy hat and what it can do to our wardrobe, but also share caution that this type of hat must be carefully integrated into an outfit. Being sure to make the hat a component of the outfit, instead of its focal point is crucial.
Take a look at Jill; the combination of these pieces work beautifully because we have balanced the volume of the hat and the shawl with the structure of the white shirt beneath. In other words, the hat fits into the outfit, instead of just sitting on top of her head, all confused. The juxtaposition of the masculine boyfriend jeans and the feminine shawl serve to fill out the look. Last but not least the black ankle bootie on the bottom is a perfect balance to the black hat on top. Of course we adore everything about this look, but would recommend it for outdoor occasions like Sunday strolls in the park or leisurely (or not so leisurely) walks to school.
First of all: Va Va Voom! Now that we’ve acknowledged how big of a bombshell this woman is, let’s focus on her hat. Bringing a colorful hat into your outfit is a great way to integrate a splash of color into your wardrobe. Like any other instance, we recommend that you avoid having your outfit become too matchy-matchy, and find a way to accent the color block in a subtle way. The red of the hat pulls together the red within the scarf and creates the perfect complement to the look. We’ve made sure to keep all of the other elements in Jill’s outfit very basic to pay tribute to the awesomeness that is that red hat, while making sure that the rest of her outfit doesn’t become too busy. In this instance, think of the hat as the actor, and the outfit components as the supporting actors – you can only give out so many academy awards.
Put a lid on it.
We love how many layers are involved in this look. The warmness of the pants and vest, complemented by the neutral toque and boots ensure that this outfit maintains proper balance without becoming too heavy. We’ve made sure to keep her jeans tight, the denim shirt that is the second layer light, and the third layer that is the fur vest, loose. The toque on top is also very basic – anything beyond this simple lid would create too much confusion on Jill’s petit and lovely frame.
Oui, oui, oui, mon cheri!
You can’t say beret without immediately thinking of all things French, like baguettes, red wine and . . . mimes? Are mimes French? Anyone? Whatever.
One of our favorite things to do is dress down an article of clothing in our wardrobe that is typically “dressy”. The striped dress featured on Jill in this look and tights when worn with a simple heel could be quite formal; however, we’ve chosen to set up shop on the other side of the tracks and style this delightful dress down. The jean jacket under the down-filled vest and the ankle bootie keep this look casual, while the green bag keeps it fun. We couldn’t help but pair this classically French beret with a pair of perfectly-puckered red lips. Could she be any cuter? Last but not least, we’ve made sure that Jill’s hair was extra voluminous as the elastic on the beret was a bit snug.
Don’t be a yang. Wear a hat.