Where are you going? Do you have a date? Why are you so dressed up? My nosy brother asked me. I had to resist the childish urge to stick out my tongue and I replied as follows:
Number 1 – “Why the interrogation?”
Number 2 – “Is it any of your business?”
Number 3 – “I am not dressed up” I say, a little too defensively.
The outfit that cumulated in these rather intrusive questions consisted of a pair of white Bermuda jean shorts, sleeveless coral top, sandals and a fedora hat. Okay, so maybe the fedora was what set this conversation in motion but hey, I’m an adult and if I want to get glammed up to go nowhere isn’t that my right? Besides as it so happens I did have to go somewhere…to take Mollie for her afternoon walk.
I should have known something was amiss because a few days before the verbal exchange with my sibling, my youngest son came by to take me on some errands. As soon as I answered the door and he saw me in my fedora he wanted to know where I got it and if I would give it to him. Geez, what is it about this hat?
I must admit there is such a transformative feeling when wearing a fedora that I don’t experience with any other type of hat. Almost as soon as I put it on I feel like Michael Jackson’s character in his Smooth Criminal video. Although if I even thought about trying Michael’s signature “lean” move I wouldn’t be able to recover.
It seems lately that no matter where you turn these days when the word summer is mentioned two things follow close behind – sunscreen and hats. The importance of protecting our skin against the dangerous UV rays from the sun cannot be stressed enough. From my personal standpoint there are three benefits to this added protection:
I’ll lessen my chances of getting a melanoma
My accessory collection will grow to include a couple more hats
I look cool literally and figuratively
So what hats are trending this season? Following are four of my faves:
- Fedora – Has a curled brim and the crown is creased lengthwise
- Floppy Hat – Has a wide brim that protects face and neck
- Panama Hat – Straight wide-brimmed (not curled like the fedora)
- Baseball Cap – Fabric cap with a visor and adjustable strap at the back
As I already explained when I wear my fedora I feel like a million bucks (shhhhhh, just between you and me I only paid $6.80 at Forever 21 for mine). When you wear a fedora it looks so fab when it’s tilted to the side.
A few weeks ago I was in Target looking for a home improvement something or other and I found my floppy hat. I imagined wearing it with one of my maxi skirts, tank top and sandals although it’ll work with jeans and a tee-shirt or even poolside as well. It’s a blue and ombré colored hat with a lighter colored crown and darker brim. The brown raffia tie around the crown is a simple yet very flattering accessory to the hat.
I do not have a Panama hat but if I did I’d wear it with jeans, blouse, blazer and heels or a button down shell, shorts and sandal or perhaps even a nice dress. Right now I don’t have any plans to get one but who knows how I’ll feel later on.
Since sporty chic is one of my style goals for this summer I made a promise to myself that I would get at least a couple of baseball caps. It’s so easy to throw one on for when Mollie and I go walking or wearing it to the gym, grocery store or just to run errands. Today I threw on black leggings, white sneakers, white hoodie and a black Nike ball cap and I think it was an easy spirited look.
One last thing on the sun’s harmful rays that’s seldom mentioned is the importance of protecting our eyes. I saw an article the other day that said extended exposure to the sun has been linked to cataracts, macular degeneration, and a couple other eye conditions. I’ll do some digging around to locate the article so that I can let you know what type of sunglasses are the most appropriate for protecting the eyes from sun damage.
“How many cares one loses when one decides not to be something but to be someone.” ~Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel