All Hail the Headpiece

The perfect topper can make the perfect outfit. Hats can feel a bit tricky for the average girl to pull off, but they really shouldn’t feel anything of the sort. With a little confidence and the right attitude, a stellar hat is the ideal accessory to use to show off your killer style and fearless outlook.

This week’s Goodwill find – a fabulous, super summery headpiece in a simple straw material – is spot on for the summer months. The texture of the  straw-like material, along with a few imperfections and strategic gradations of color, make this relaxed hat feel incredibly cool and effortlessly stylish, and the light, natural fabric is perfect for pairing with absolutely any summer ensemble. The classic fedora-like shape – with the little lift and curl of brim at the back – makes this traditionally styled hat look oh-so-modern and totally updated for contemporary ladies.

natural woven fedora Simple and classic, but with a modern twist, this natural woven fedora is the most fantastic hat to complement any outfit you’ll want to wear this summer.

A wear-with-all warm-weather topper. A lot of girls I know feel intimidated by hats for some reason – maybe they just seem a bit bold, in a modern age where many ladies can get away with wearing no head coverings at all. But for the gal who just can’t resist a bit of sassy style, the right hat can be that extra little bit of oomph you need to really pull an ensemble together – especially a more laid-back, casual, summery ensemble. Because of its natural hues and classic construction, a fedora like this one could really be worn with a whole array of summer pieces – it’d look equally cute with a floaty, floral sundress or a pair of tight-fitting jeans and a loose white tee. But here, I’ve gone a slightly different route – I love the idea of taking what is traditionally a piece styled for an old man – a fedora – and pairing it with other pieces that walk the line between masculine and feminine. I’ve chosen a pair of slim-cut trousers in a lovely lavender hue, which could easily feel androgynous, if not for the decidedly girly color. On top, I’ve picked a simple, cap-sleeve sweater in a black-and-white print – a piece that also feels like a bit of a modern twist on a traditional top. Finished off with my brand new fedora, this look is comfortable, effortless and easy to wear, and yet clearly walks the line between classic and modern, masculine and feminine, for an edgy, amped-up ensemble that’s sure to impress.

modern takes on classic wardrobe itemsPlaying with different styles, eras, and ideas can be the key to creating a truly successful and fashionable outfit. Here, I’ve chosen pieces that are all modern takes on classic wardrobe items, for a look that’s sure to look stylish for years to come.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Haute Summer Headgear

Sunshine! Beach weather! Beautiful blue skies! Though the holiday weekend started off a little rocky (or rather, rainy) in the Tri-State area, Memorial Day was a gorgeous holiday full of the beautiful weather we’ve all been waiting to enjoy for months.

But to keep yourself protected – as well as looking totally chic – all summer long, having a few ladylike hats on hand is crucial for any smart and style-conscious girl. This week’s Goodwill gem both shades your face from the sometimes-harsh summer sun, and ensures you look absolutely fantastic while enjoying the beautiful outdoors. The classic straw styling will look great with your entire summer wardrobe – from cute cropped pants and colorful blouses to airy patterned sundresses – and even your favorite swimsuit. It’s an all-purpose, wear-everywhere accessory that will get you through the season, and years of summers to come.

wide-brimmed straw hat You can’t ever go wrong with a classic, wide-brimmed straw hat like this stunner, found recently at one of my favorite Goodwill thrift shops.

Style any outfit for summer in an instant. No matter what you feel like wearing, any ensemble looks immediately summer-ready when topped off with a big, glamorous wide-brimmed hat like this one. For a more feminine look that is still totally relaxed and appropriate for the summer season, try pairing this pretty headpiece with a flowing, silky maxi dress in a stunning floral print or bright neon shade. For a super casual weekend look that works for shopping around town or heading out to the beach, try putting it on with something like what I’ve chosen here – cute, tailored shorts in a brilliant sky blue hue and a loose, comfy t-shirt.

pair of shorts and well-worn teeLovely, large, ladylike hats like this one never go out of style, and the classic shape adds an instant touch of class and femininity to any look – even one as simple as a pair of shorts and your favorite, well-worn tee.

Lauren Haslett writes “Goodwill Gems,” our weekly column about everything accessories here in A Good Look. She is a lover of fabulous fashion, a trained chef and a writer.  Follow her on twitter.

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Goodwill Gems: the Wanderlustin’ Sunshine Hat

Have you been hit with spring break fever? After the foot of snow (or more!) in our region this month, it’s no surprise if you’re daydreaming of rest and relaxation in a warmer clime. Our correspondent Lauren sure is. Her vacation fantasies have led her right to her local Goodwill for this week’s Goodwill Gem: the Wanderlustin’ Sunshine Hat.

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This natural brown straw stunner will keep you looking sensational and (almost) sweat-free, no matter how warm and tropical your winter vacay destination.

If you’ve been hunting online for cheap cruise deals and flights to the Caribbean, you’ll need the appropriate attire to sport during your mid-winter vacation. And, it turns out, your local Goodwill is the perfect place to go right now for all the summery accessories you need to complement that resort-minded wardrobe.

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