From CollegeFashion: Wear a Hat!

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There are some things in the fashion world that we purchase with the best of intentions, but never get around to wearing. For me, this includes an assortment of pashminas, a plaid button-down dress, wide-leg linen pants, and a whole array of hats!

Why is it that so many of us forget to wear the cute hats we purchase? I wear much more daring items on a regular basis, such as over-the-knee boots and fur vests during the winter, so it’s not that I’m fashion-shy. And I’m pretty lazy about washing my hair, so I could certainly use a hat more than I actually do. Anyone else encounter this strange phenomenon?

So this week’s Fashion Challenge is to dig through your closet and find that hat you fell in love with at the store, brought home, and promptly forgot about. Styling an outfit around a hat is a lot easier than you think, especially as we progress into the chilly weeks of fall.

Tips and Tricks for Rocking a Fall Hat

Be bold and go for an androgynous look. Kate Hudson, Rumi Neely, and Hilary Duff have paired fedora hats with blazers, trousers, and suspenders, and they all looked amazing while doing it. A military-style hat would look just as cool.

Contrast and wear something girly
. Nicole Richie has been seen wearing a fedora with a long dress for an exquisite bohemian look. For a similar aesthetic, try pairing a beanie, military hat, or newsboy cap with your favorite casual dress, some tights, and a pair of boots if it’s cold out!

Look in the men’s section
. Often, women’s hats are more expensive and smaller than hats in the men’s section. Try looking there if you’re having trouble when shopping.

Revamp an old hat
. One of my favorite hats actually came from a boy’s closet! He had a knit beanie, the classic type you find at Walmart. I pinned the back to make the cap slouchy, and I wear it on the back of my head like an urban turban now!

Dirty hair?
A hat is the perfect way to disguise your just-rolled-out-of-bed look (especially if you’re out of dry shampoo). You’ll look fashion-forward with minimal effort!

Be fierce
. Nothing ruins the look of a hat like nervous posture or a feeling of uncertainty while you’re wearing it. People can tell when you’re not feeling comfortable in your outfit! So be confident! If you believe you look awesome, others will think so too!

OK, now you’ve got the rules, let’s check out some outfit inspiration created by the stylists over at CollegeFashion!

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