Generally, a hat is the icing on the cake or the cherry on top. When shopping for the piece, keep the outfit in mind. What type of hat are you looking for: fantasy or function? Two very different directions, but both have the same approach.
If it’s about fantasy, how outrageous do you want to go? A word of advice, wear the hat briefly BEFORE the event. Even 10 minutes around the house is all you’ll need to give it a test run. How many bobby pins do you need to keep it securely on your head? I say this from experience. Many time, I’m running around my studio giving a hat a trial run to ensure that it’s correctly balanced and stays put. But everyone’s hair is different and slight adjustments might be needed. When it’s about function, you still need to plan ahead. For example if purchasing a cold weather hat, visualize the coat you tend to wear most often. Perhaps, take a picture of the coat so you have it when you’re shopping.
How many times have we bought something only to declare: “what was I thinking?” when you get it home.
The goal is to find the hat that reflects your personality and is an automatic accessory for the outfit. Keep these three hat tips in mind and have fun with the process. Find the hat that is a true reflection of who you are or want to be, so you’ll always wear it.