I’ve owned a brown, felt floppy hat for five years. I’ve worn it five times. It was time to remove the fear.
My fear was reasonable: the floppy hat holds a decent amount of romanticism. It became prevalent in the 60s, but especially the 70s, and has been worn by the likes of Briggite Bardot and Diane Keaton, who made it look easy. It took some research to figure out the trick to pulling the hat on and walking out the door. Fortunately, the trick is easy, all it takes is grabbing out your basics and sticking to neutrals.
Start with a basic button up or tee, pair it with jeans, a conservative coat, and boots. Think classic fall: trench coats, pea coats, camel coats. For boots: knee length brown riding boots, or for city-ware, black booties. And for accessories, stick to a basic, long scarf up top, and add personal details on your wrists and fingers. Here’s the time to stack on as many rings and bracelets you can find.
Hat, Urban Outfitters
Scarf, Taken for Granite
Chambray, J. Crew
Shoes, Saks Outlett
Purse, Marc by Marc Jacobs
Photos, Sarah Dixon Lewis