December is here and it’s time to start dressing for the harsh weather ahead of us. Believe it or not, I actually get excited to layer and bundle. It makes me feel cozy and puts me in the Christmas spirit. My winter mornings consist of last minute scrambling to grab the essentials for a wicked cool day, because I know if I go out the door without them I will pay for it later. The essentials include a scarf, mittens and a winter hat or headband. When you think of winter essentials you might groan and think back to your snow suit days, but get that image out of your head because even during winter there’s a way to be sleek, fashionable and warm. This Fashionista proves my point. Her patterned coat falls near her knee, which acts as a shield on a windy day. However, I will admit that I immediately fell for her pom pom knit hat. The pompom adds a little extra to an otherwise ordinary knit hat and gives her a laid back, fun-loving look.
A stylish hat is something we all need to add to our winter wish list. I am a sucker for anything collegiate and fashionable, which is why I wanted to share my winter hat find at American Eagle Outfitters. While St. Thomas is not one of the selected schools, these hats would make for great gifts for friends. If college wear isn’t your thing check out this pink beanie at ASOS and this beret at Urban Outfitters. Select a hat that best suites you and adds a little sparkle to your day.
Oh it’s getting chilly out there on those Dublin streets, so it is highly important to keep the most heat radiating part of your body under wraps with a fashionable accessory — the woolly hat. This accessory is mainly saved for the deep winter but it has been making an appearance since the beginning of the festival season. Of course, much of the woollen hats sported at such festivals were the result of unwashed or unbrushed hair, but for many it was a style choice and one which I am fully on board with.
To carry off this look, long hair is really a must if you don’t want to resemble a homeless person. Reference Nicole Richie, the Olsens (the homeless reference cannot wholly be separated here) and Keira Knightley. The woolly hat is a perfect accessory that provides interest, warmth and a laid back urban feel to any outfit.
This week’s look is all about mixing winter accessories with autumn pallets and fabrics. The look is not ready for any cold fronts but the anticipation is there and the hat dresses down the prim blouse and the tailored trousers to give that downtown Alexander Wang esque look that is oh so now.
From a designer point of view, wool has always been a recipe for success. Mark Fast has developed a whole fashion house based purely on knitwear and has presented us with fantastic collections of woollen dresses, tops and, of course, hats. Annalisa Dunn and Dorothee Hagemann are two successful designers and businesswomen whose knitwear business, Cooperative Designs, showcases a variety of woollen styles that include numerous different hats and accessories all inspired they say by the '90s rave culture; "We watched the video for East 17’s "Alright," which is black and white in an urban landscape and we also thought about the clubs we used to got to n the ‘90s to listen to drum and bass music." Urban Outfitters are currently housing the most recent collection where you will find some great winter wonders such as this piece that will keep heads happy for many months to come.
Topshop always have a great collection that arrives in store at the end of august. Their cult "pom pom" hat in mustard is a winner for this season. River Island as always have an array of kitsch berets, acid coloured pom poms and novelty numbers. Zara and H&M always have great collections of hats that arrive a little later, so keep your eyes peeled.
Sometimes, on a rare occasion, our warm Arizona weather lets us down a bit and brings a cold chill over the university. Granted, our idea of a chill is a low of forty degrees; it’s times like these we are most tempted to bring out the old hoodie/sweatpant combo… but resist! Growing up, we all learned from a very young age that hats are an essential part of keeping warm, so why not take a cue from our teachings with a fashion forward approach?
Walking past this Fashionista I couldn’t help but notice a faint resemblance to Zoe Deschanel. Much like Deschanel, she incorporates modern trends into a vintage inspired ensemble creating an old meets new feel in all the right ways. Her cloche, or 1920s bell-shaped hat, was definitely the stand out piece of her outfit. This simple piece not only made a striking impression, but took her outfit to new heights. In keeping with the classic quality of her outfit, she kept a fairly dark color scheme, with a deep navy jacket and jet black scarf. She contrasts this with a pair of lace tights, which is very on trend right now: appearing everywhere from runways like Valentino to magazines, including UK Elle as early as fall this year. Lastly, she tops of her outfit with a neutral grey shoe and a simple leather bucket bag.
Hint: Want a hat like hers? Cloches can be surprisingly hard to find and since the term refers to a “bell shaped” hat, you may find some rather unusual results in your search for the perfect hat. However, this is no reason to get discouraged, these hats can often be found at high end department stores, etsy (a website which specializes in handmade and vintage goods), or specialty hat sites like the one linked above.