Welcome to the 49th post in the How I Wear My series!
Now that some of the hottest days of the year are upon us, Jill of Everything Just So and I thought a “How I Wear My” devoted to straw hats made stylish good sense!
Starting us off as always is my friend and How I Wear My partner, Jill of Everything Just So. Jill tell us, “A borrowed wide-brimmed straw hat kept the sun off my face on Coney Island. I am normally not a hat person but I am on the hunt for the perfect straw hat during summer sales this year! I have been wearing my Banana Republic seersucker jacket so much this summer, along with a J. Crew palm tree T-shirt I got on sale late last August. The necklace is by J. Crew and the flag pin is a vintage Avon brooch!”
Such a festive summer look. You can’t go wrong during the summer months with seersucker and straw!
Linda of A Labour of Life wears a chiffon dress trimmed with crochet flowers and a crochet cardigan both from Forever 21. She paired with a neutral straw hat and says, “This is my ‘pretty festival’ look, one I would love to actually wear to enjoy the music if I ever stop volunteering!”
What a pretty and feminine monochromatic look for spring and summer!
Judith of Style Crone wears a royal blue straw cloth hat adorned with rhinestones and a feather and tell us, “It was designed and created by milliner Joan Carney, and was for sale in my hat shop in the 80’s. I found it irresistible, and before it was sold, it came home with me and has been with me ever since. I love it more every year and it continues to enhance summer outfits with the important triad of bold color, interesting shape and unique texture.”
We are so delighted to have Judith join us this month. If you don’t know already, she is well-known for her hat collection and her monthly link-up, Hat Attack. This hat look wins for most elegant and ladylike for sure!
Helen of Valley of the Shoes tells us, “I went for a boho look with my Panama hat, frayed hem denim skirt and embroidered gauze top. This super easy look kept me cool in the hot sun. I simply added my new mirrored lens sunglasses and I was ready to enjoy some rays!”
California cool done perfectly!
Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “I adore this Karina dress. I picked up this incredible straw hat from a consignment store the day after I got the dress. What a perfect match! I’m fair skinned so I’m always wearing a hat in the sun. I own 8 different straw hats.”
Va va voom! Suzanne puts some sizzle in her straw hat look. Gorgeous!
Teresa, wife of New York City photographer, Denton Taylor, enjoys the Southhampton beach in a big floppy hat, ideal for sun protection. This hat is a Genie and it’s by Eugenia Kim. Teresa bought it at a sample sale.
Love the beachy color of Teresa’s beautiful straw hat, especially with the electric blue swimsuit.
Savvy Senior tells us, “I live in straw hats when we’re on holiday in Mallorca! From turquoise trousers to beige espadrilles, this is my summer look in Spain.”
We love to feature men on How I Wear My. Especially when they are dapper and stylish like Savvy Senior!
Tamera of Tamera Beardsley wears a Grevi Firenze which was made in Italy. She says, “I love the clean lines that make it a go with almost anything in the sunny days of summer here in Southern California!”
Tamera is a splash of sunshine in her gorgeous yellow tunic and unique straw hat!
Cynthia of My Rose Colored Shades wears a Panama hat with shorts and says, “Straw hats are not only practical for summer, they make every outfit look extra chic!”
She’s so right. A good straw hat will elevate just about any outfit!
Nicole of High Latitude Style says, “This month’s How I wear My made me aware that I have three different types of straw hats! A straw sun shield to go with casual clothes, a fancy one with a blue flower that I wear with blue and white ‘summer in the Provence’ type outfits, and my favorite wide brim style that I sometimes update with scarfs so it fits to the outfit. Here it is my superstar among the straw hats of my closet.”
Beautiful summer florals!
Libby of Libby Wilke Designs tells us, “Most of my hats are fabric but luckily I had just bought this straw hat at Marshall’s! $10.00 for a hat is a very good price, no? The brim is pliable which I really like. Here I am wearing it with a perfect white and gold foil stripe long sleeve tee from J.Crew. White linen skirt from H&M. The necklace, made from mahjong pieces, was purchased many years ago at the American Crafts Festival at Lincoln Center in New York. This picture was taken at a garden party in my neighborhood.”
What a fantastic find for $10.00! And a versatile piece for a variety of outfits.
Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun wears a Coolibar straw hat with her Lilly Pulitzer for Target outfit. Dawn Lucy says she feels ready for a tropical vacation in this!
Dawn Lucy looks prepared to relax at the poshest of resorts in this straw hat look!
Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style tells us, “I’ve only started wearing hats in my later years, to try to keep the sun damage from worsening. I was such the 80’s girl wanting to bronze my skin to the max (even though my skin doesn’t know the definition of tan). Here’s a perfect example of what I’d wear to a pool or beach outing. This hat has accompanied me on many vacations since it is packable and has a tie so it can hang on my back when I don’t need it!”
Jodie is ready to be stylish at the beach or the pool in her sarong and straw hat!
Karen of Karen’s Fashion Tip of the Day tells us she’s wearing a men’s store white straw hat at the beach and says, “Most important at the beach is placing the hat straight on the head and pushing down a little tightly on the forehead so the beach breezes won’t blow it off. Tucking my hair behind my ears also required a bit more makeup. I have a whole collection of hats!”
Great tip, Karen! You certainly don’t want to lose your lovely hat in the wind.
Merci of Chic on Thrift says, “Sometimes a hat comes handy when hiding a bad hair day. That was the case on this day.”
Merci is so right. A hat is always a good choice when your hair is not cooperating!
Jane from Toronto Shopaholic wears a J. Crew Panama hat which is her favorite to throw on in the summer to add some cool factor to her outfits.
Jane shows that summer whites look fantastic with a traditional Panama hat!
Trina of Tea Time With Trina wears a big hat to keep her head and shoulders protected from the sun while hanging out by her pool.
Trina is always looking fashionable, even in the pool!
Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says, “I wear hats anytime I am outdoors for a long period of time since my scalp burns very easily. I purchased this hat from a local grocery store and love that it’s crushable and still retains its shape. I used the belt from the dress to wrap around the hat to make it a little more coordinating.”
A grocery store? What a find! And great for travel too.
Ana of Mrs. American Made says, “I am super excited for this one – I was looking, as you might have guessed, for hats made in America for my blog and I found Hats.com. They have a whole section of hats made here – straw, felt, you name it. So I bought a few and am sure I will be getting tons of use out of them. I only wear hats like these now, wide brimmed and mostly for the sun. But I do remember a time in my life when I wore hats to any event I had – some I made, some I bought and some I inherited. Ah, the ’80’s.
Anyway, here I am wearing the #madeinUSA black straw gaucho hat from hats.com with shorts and a long tank, sunglasses and sandals, for a picnic at the park on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The hat is great for windy days also because it has a leather string to tighten under your chin or behind your neck.”
What a stylish way to wear black in the summer and keep your face protected from the sun!
Anett of Tall Girl’s Fashion says, “This is my first time taking part in your monthly How I Wear My series, but when I saw that the theme was straw hats, I knew I had to participate. I loooove hats and wear them a lot, especially on bad hair days.
I’ve built up quite a hat collection and the white straw trilby that I’m wearing in the attached shots is a souvenir from Barcelona. Admittedly, a hat is not the easiest souvenir to transport back home — I had to wear it and sit with it in my lap on the plane, but it was totally worth it!”
Definitely worth it. That hat band is gorgeous and so are the pants!
Yvonne of Funky Forty tells us, “During summer a straw hat seems to be a staple of mine and this year I treated myself to a new one which I adore and wear with everything as it is so neutral. But my favorite is to wear it with this maxi blue dress from Rebecca Taylor and oversized sunglasses;-)”
Straw hat chic!
My friends, Don and Amy MacNair, were front and center at this year’s July 4th parade here in Kenwood. Don was Grand Marshall which is no surprise, he does so much for our community as does Amy.
They are both wearing festive straw hats in this photo. Don’s hat was purchased at Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley and both of their hats were decorated with red, white and blue ribbons. So fun and patriotic!
I chose to wear my black Panama hat, also from Montecristi Panama Hats of Napa Valley. I wore a summery maxi dress and layered it with a Stella Carakasi sweater. I accessorized with a black leather cuff and strappy flat sandals.
I love wearing structured straw hats. They add a bit of polish to a laid-back look!
Thank you to all the stylish participants.
Jill and I love seeing how you wear your straw hat!
To see even more straw hat looks, be sure to pop over to Jill’s blog, Everything Just So!
As the summer begins to wind down let’s have some fun with tassels! They can run the gamut from light-hearted to glamorous depending on whether you have them dangling from your bag, adorning the front of your shoes, or hanging from a long necklace.
Find your favorite tassel and let the styling inspiration begin! Join us in September for “How I Wear My: Tassel” by sending a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 31, 2015.
Make it a rich day!