season. The royal wedding. That's three good reasons that you might be thinking about hats.
But here's the best reason of all: Put one on and you're a standout.
We spend so much time debating what to wear: the perfect dress, the shoes, the just-right earrings, the purse. And yet we completely forget that the quick and easy way to get noticed is a knockout hat.
"People would be amazed at the impact," says Davyne Dial, an Asheville, N.C., hat designer and passionate hat proponent.
"If you're the only one wearing a hat, all eyes are going to go to you. … Most everybody starts liking that attention," says Susan Lee, who designs hats in
for the Sur La Tete label.
Think about the photos you've seen of
, Prince William's bride-to-be. Many of the most memorable are the ones where she's wearing some fetching feathery headgear, perched at a jaunty angle.
And while you might not recall too many details about
inauguration, the hat that
wore when she performed that day is pretty hard to forget. See what I mean?
Hats don't need to be expensive. They don't really even need to be hats per se. A clip-on feather, known as a fascinator, can do the job for just a few bucks at accessory chains like Claire's,
. At this time of year, department stores have lots of colorful options for under $100. Add a pin-on blossom to a skinny brim fedora from
and you've got an Easter bonnet.
And never underestimate the power of a little face veiling. "Veils are wonderful. Veils can suggest a lot of wonderful things," says Dial. "They can be modest, virginal-looking, but a cocktail hat can have a very mysterious, flirtatious look. Veils are not worn nearly enough."
Still not convinced you're a hat person? Dial offers this: "Men love you in a hat. They'll practically kiss your feet."
*Headwear is an outfit game-changer and guaranteed attention-getter.
*Show some attitude: angle it jauntily.
*Frugal flowers and feathers from craft shops give basic hats a luxe, new look.
*Don't let your hat wear you: Big, dramatic brims better on curvy, tall women.
*Proportion is key. Petite? Consider a cloche.
*Buy a yard of net at a fabric store and you've got an alluring veil.