Winter weather is upon us – time to pull out those hats! Do they ‘spark joy’? Are they only for snow shoveling or do they add to your outfit?
While I have been fond of hats since I was a tween, once I turned 50 they became an essential part of my winter wardrobe. Why? They keep you warm! Seriously, when it’s below just 50 degrees it feels much better with a covered head. This simple comfort measure is also an opportunity to make a strong fashion statement, which works for me! Not only a hat, but I will never leave the house without hat, scarf, and gloves – the essential three! Seen above, my oldest favorite hat, a simple black wool beret. What I like about it: it does not flatten your hair as a tight cap would, it is a more sophisticated style than a casual ‘pom-pom’ hat, and you can easily toss it in your handbag or coat pocket. They are available in fine department stores in a variety of colors. Below is my newest beret in winter white…camel leather gloves by Sermoneta. Now when it’s really cold, when you will be standing outdoors waiting for a train, or walking a considerable distance, nothing beats a fur hat. This one by Surell is especially toasty because it completely covers the ears…so what if I am compared to a guard at Buckingham Palace! Haha…
Bought it on sale at Bloomies two years ago…I have since seen similar ones at Revolve…
When you coordinate a hat, scarf, and gloves you are creating an outfit on the outside as well as under your coat. You look stylish and polished, and you send a message of having your act together. You say you don’t look good in hats? You probably haven’t tried on the right style – face and head shape makes a big difference. With my narrow face I need a hat that provides some volume, otherwise I look like a pin head!
More for style than warmth, this wool floppy hat I found last year at Revolve…the hot pink gloves from Sermoneta on Newbury Street.
Probably my favorite in terms of glamour, this is a black wool cap with a wide band of fox, also by Surell. Worn on New Year’s Eve with an ivory Burberry scarf, BCBG coat, and Gucci clutch that belonged to Ginger.
The Ginger-bred essential three: hat/scarf/ gloves – don’t leave home without them!