Hats get a really bad wrap. It is assumed if you are wearing one, you are having a bad hair day or you are channeling your inner old lady. Hats have become an accessory of necessity and anyone wearing a fun topper is considered eccentric or even worse, a show-off.
Now, let’s get this correct, a cap is one thing a great hat is a work of art. Some of your best hats can be found at your local Goodwill store.
My grandfather was a “hat man”, a long forgotten generation. He also was bald for the entire time I knew him. Wearing a hat was not only a sophisticated accessory, but a way to cover up his lack of hair. He wore traditional hats such as Fedoras, Tribys and Homburgs. And come summertime, he wore a version of the Panama or a straw version of a Fedora. Grandpa was cool; he kept himself sharp an in character.
My summer hat style is an obnoxious broad rim summer hat when I’m on the beach but, on rainy days I throw on a linen fedora that many love. My best hats are “thrifted”, found at local Goodwill’s casted away by family members who don’t understand the treasure and personality a great hat can give you.
Honestly, a hat can make you stand out in a room full of bare heads and can also give you a little pop on a bad hair day.
Whether for religious reasons or a take on personal style, a great hat can be the best way to top off a great outfit.
What’s your hat style?
Native New Yorker Shaunya is the owner and curator of VintageShaun, a collection of vintage clothing with a contemporary vision that has been featured in NBC’s The Today Show. She is a longtime Goodwill fan and style expert. Last May, Shaunya collaborated in Goodwill’s Spring Fling the Excess, our Earth Day/spring cleaning promotion. Most recently, she styled models for Goodwill Suits You, a fashion show to mark October, National Disability Employment Awareness month.