It's important to understand the different types of hats, how and where to wear them, and some general hat etiquette. I will tackle the first issue in this post.
I will start with a classic. The Beret.
|Lauren Bacall in "The Big Sleep"|
Traditionally made out of felted wool, they can also be woven, knitted or crocheted. Berets can be worn in a number of ways.
|Pretty much Beret 101.|
I like the look of a felted beret on top of the head and pushed slightly to the side. It's jaunty and has attitude. Be careful, this can look costume-y so be sure you wear it with Confidence.
|Adorable with long, loose curls|
Personally, I wear my berets in a style similar to the photo above. I pull it straight down onto my head and then push the fabric backwards and slightly to the side. This way, it functions as keeping ma tete warm, while adding style.
Next, is the cloche.
|Clara Bow doing it Right|
In French, cloche means 'bell', and the shape of this hat should tell you why. Cloches are a structured hat that are usually made out of felted wool or other sturdy materials.
There are a few ways to wear a cloche, but the most traditional is pulled all the way down and covering the ears. See Miss Bow above.
This cloche still retains its bell-shaped crown, but she has pulled it down in front over her forehead, leaving her ears bare.
Continuing on, we have the fedora.
|Kate Moss mixing cranberry and grey|
Again, these are typically made of felted wool, but can come in a variety of materials, including straw. Fedoras have wide brims, a crease at the crown and is often pinched in the front. What we typically see worn today (ad nauseum), is actually called a trilby.
|Note the difference in brim size between Emma Watson's trilby and Kate's fedora.|
Trilbies have smaller brims. Note that all trilbies are fedoras, but not all fedoras are trilbies. Got it?
|Zara Phillips wearing a classic fedora. Note the wide brim and pinches.|
While we're at it, can I please just send out an S.O.S. to stop wearing these:
Oooh look, these are fun: Trapper hats
|Marge Gunderson works it in Fargo|
|Faux-fur lined trapper|
These hats are ideal if you live in cold climates. And I mean cold. Please don't wear these if you live in temperate or sub-tropic regions. You'll look like this:
Next up is the beanie!
|Taylor Swift and her sunny yellow beanie|
I really love a beanie. They are perfect for winter in more temperate climes.
|Sandra Bullock keeps warm|
My personal winter hat inspiration?
Buy yourself some winter hats here:
village hat shop