Trend How-To: Headwear

There’s no need to worry about bad hair days come autumn because, in the words of Joe Cocker, you can leave your hat on!  From Sass and Bide to Gucci, headwear featured strongly on the Autumn/Winter 2011/12 catwalks in New York, London and Milan. Whether you take inspiration from Tibi’s neon pink beanies or Moschino’s captain hats, it’s time to try out a new lid.

I know that at this point some of you are thinking ‘I just don’t suit hats’ but you’re wrong. Finding the right hat can be just as tricky and soul destroying as buying a new pair of jeans – some will make you laugh out loud, some will make you want to cry and some will look so fantastic you’ll never want to take them off.

Being one of the most popular and wearable headwear choices, beanies come in all shapes and sizes – there are big chunky knit ones, snug fitting ones, ones with pom poms on the top and the list goes on. Rock an edgy look by teaming them with black tights and studded ankle boots or jeans and a tee a la K-Stew. You can smarten them up with a preppy outfit (see Paul Smith) or wear them to the side or back of the head for a boho approach.

Fedoras, trilbys and bowlers are a great way to sharpen up a casual outfit but will work just as well with a mid length skirt or dress and wide leg pants. Vibrant colours featured heavily on runways this season so don’t be afraid to take a hue cue from Gucci and play with unexpected colour pairings.

Shop the look and see our galleries below for some inspiration.

1. Agent Ninetynine Felt Brim Hat A$49.95 at General Pants 2. Country Road Knitted Trilby A$49.95 at Country Road 3. Maison Michel Felt Trilby £220 at Browns Fashion  4. Maison Michel Sean Fedora £150 at Browns Fashion 5. Tarnish Dip Dye Wool Felt Cloche US$19 at NordstromRunway

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