Ok Emily In Paris, you win at hats.
If you haven’t already inhaled the 10-part Netflix series starring Lily Collins as the titular Emily, you have more self-control than us.
The hit show follows the 20-something American it girl, Emily Cooper, as she lands her dream social media marketing job in the city of love. When she arrives in Paris for her new adventure, she navigates a new home, a promotion, a frosty boss and a love triangle with a hot chef who lives downstairs from her apartment. There’s drama, humour and plenty of Instagramable hangouts but the real pièce de résistance of the series is Emily’s lust-worthy wardrobe. Specifically, her hat wardrobe. Consider us #influenced.
Not only did she pull of le beret (when in Paris!) she also made us all want to emulate her Pink Kangol bucket hat too, proving that she does indeed have a superior head for hats.
So, if you’ve ever found yourself asking: ‘Hey Siri how to wear a hat without feeling like a plonker?’, here’s a blog post on how to do just that, as demonstrated by Emily In Paris and her perfectly chic la tête.
The key to wearing any remotely out-there accessory is confidence. If you treat what’s on your head like an awkward parrot, it’s going to look like an awkward parrot. Make sense? Stand by your sartorial choices and own it. Haters gonna hate.
Know your angles
This one is quite beret-specific since it’s a hat that can be worn straight on, tilted, more towards the back or up front, everyone’s different, so play around with different angles and figure out what best suits your face shape and hairstyle.
Save the inspo
Half the battle is knowing where to begin with styling a hat, which is why saving any inspo as you see it appear in your grid can be a massive help on those days when you’re having a creative outfit block.
From bucket hats in contemporary colourways to minimal toppers, here are a few of our favourite fashion faces serving us hat lewks for days.
Take a style cue from the weather
On those halcyon blue-sky days, opt for a wide brim straw hat and a milkmaid dress. For Winter, a thick wool beanie paired with an oversized trench, jeans and chunky boots or trainers does the job for a coffee stop or a chilly morning dog walk. For all other weathers, the versatile beret is the quickest way to level-up your favourite denim & knitwear combo, plus it’s a sure-fire way to turn a bad hair day, chic.
Go off duty with a baseball cap
The baseball cap is cut from the same cloth as dad trainers and grandad vests – it’s not going to be everyone’s sartorial cuppa but for those off-duty denim days, there’s no greater accessory for elevating low key separates or dressing down your tailoring a la Hayley Bieber. She makes a strong case for the athleisure topper in her Princess Diana inspired blazered ensemble, for her Vogue editorial. The oversized blazer, sweater & boots combo = iconic.
Play with colour & texture
You don’t have to stick to the classic felt beret in neutral tones, hats have seriously diversified their game since Clueless’ Cher Horowitz era. Now they come in all kinds of contemporary textures and colourways, from vinyl-look leather, corduroy and tie dye iterations. Have fun with it!
Shop the trend!
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