The fedora hat style is a wardrobe staple for women who find it both fashionable and functional. Be it protecting you from the harsh sun or adding style to your ensemble, a fedora can do it all. If you are having a bad hair day, it can be a savior of the situation. So, you see why women folks like the fedora hats so much.
Those new to trying out hat styles often ask what differentiates a fedora from other hats. Well, a summer fedora hat possesses –
- a tear-drop shape
- a short or medium-sized crown
- A brim (also medium-sized) that curves around the crown.
The crown usually sits low. Some fedoras will have satin or leather hatbands at the base of the crown.
For the fashion-loving person, a fedora is a timeless possession that can be styled in myriad ways. Be it a formal gathering or an informal event you can wear this style anywhere you wish to. Here are some tips for first-timers to keep in mind while styling a fedora, especially in the summers.
Simplicity is the best policy
When you are not sure how to style yourself with a fedora on your head, go for a simple look. In the summer months, we long to wear comfortable clothes. So, a tee or any other summer outfit (like a cotton floral dress) will team well with the hat. And the best part is that it will serve the purpose of keeping your facial skin protected from harmful UV rays. It will also grant a style quotient to your outfit.
As you want to keep everything looking simple yet stylish, maintaining symmetry with all the other things might help. Like if your dress has a belt, you can use a similar belt for your fedora as a hatband. You can pick a complementing color for the hat that will make you stand out in the crowd. You can add other accessories to your hat (like a scarf or brooch) to create a different look altogether.
Choosing the color
Choosing the color of the fedora is crucial as you will be using the hat not only for summers but for any occasion throughout the year. A neutral color like white, beige, or light gray etc., would be a wise choice. For the summers, you must avoid wearing black-colored fedoras as your head might boil. Neutral-colored fedoras are vibrant, and you will experience a cozy feeling. Moreover, neutral hues complement a summer shade palette better.
With a summer fedora hat, two hairstyles go well. First, you can choose a casual look by wearing your hair down and making it seem a little messy. The softness of your hair will balance the sharp features of the fedora. Women with short hair can try this out. The second option is best for people with medium to long hair. You can tie your hair to create a ponytail or a bun underneath the hat. If you feel comfortable, you can also leave your long hair untied. But, most likely, you will want to avoid that to beat the heat.
Choosing the right summer fedora hat
When choosing any hat and not just a fedora, you have to pick the headgear that balances the shape and size of your facial features. An ideal hat should accentuate the wearer’s face shape. For instance, a hat with a round crown and wide brim complement a square-shaped face. Again, if you possess an oval face, picking a hat with a medium-sized brim would be the right thing to do.
Choosing the material
Wool or felt fedoras are the most sought after. But, in the summer months, straw fedoras would be good because it is lightweight, easy to carry and allow the air to circulate. A stunning braided straw fedora is a summertime must.
Some other useful tips for wearing the fedora
- If you want to enhance the femininity of your outfit, look for fedora styles with softer and larger brims. These hats are a balance between the traditional fedoras and floppy hats. Satin hatbands, jewel embellishments, bow, etc., – all add a feminine touch to the whole ensemble.
- If your plan is to spend most of your time outdoors, you will need extra sun protection. A fedora with an indented crown and broader brim will serve your purpose well.
- If you want to purchase your fedora from the online shops, you might end up buying the wrong size. So, before the purchase, keep the measurements ready. The brand will have a size chart and order your size accordingly. If your size falls in between two sizes, buy the next size.
If you are a first-time buyer, choose wisely before you finally decide to buy your fedora. It would be best to visit a nearby brick-and-mortar shop to get an idea of which style will look best on you. And after you have purchased your dream hat, follow these tips to get the desired look.