Prepare for a hat attack

Apr 23, 2012, 07:06 IST | Dhara Vora

How to wear this season's coolest trend

International ramps were dominated by 1920s-inspired fashion this season. Fashion house Christian Dior dressed pretty heads with soft leather cloches, designer Ralph Lauren stuck to feminine monotone cloches, while Armani opted for an androgynous style. Flapper-style hats were big too, as were oversized floppy hats. Though, women weren’t the only ones wearing the trend. Dolce & Gabbana teamed raffia hats with bold prints and tailored shorts for the ultimate summer look, while Armani opted for a more muted look with its black and white gentleman hats, and Burberry crowned its models with Gatsbys flourished with pom-poms. Here’s how you can replicate some of the coolest looks this season, for less. 

Flat cap with floral print
The flat cap gets a feminine twist with a floral print, this season.
For: Rs 100 onwards
At: Fragrance, Hill Road, Canara Bank building, Bandra (W).
Call: 9223255862
Wear it with A plain tee over jeans with manly brogues to balance yin-yang energies. Want to go bolder? Opt for a floral print and solid-coloured fitted trouser with the cap.
Seen on Some of the coolest heads in Hollywood from Brad Pitt to the man who brought ‘sexy’ back — Justin Timberlake. Flat caps (minus floral prints) are a hit with the men, besides being the signature style of American rapper LL Cool J, who wore his with a velvet tux while hosting this year’s Grammys.

Straw hat
What’s spring without flowers, right? Right. Opt for this straw hat with a large polka-dotted flower and be the Belle of the Ball at the races, this year.
For:  Rs 1,880
At:  Blur, Asiad Plaza Shopping Centre, basement Esbeda, SV Road, Santacruz (W).
Call:  67252908
Wear it with  A monochrome dress. If you have the bod, opt for a fitted style. Else, opt for
a flowy, more shape-flattering style instead.
Seen on  Mrs Prince William and Hollywood actresses Hillary Swank, Megan Fox and Cameron Diaz.

A model walks the runway during the Christian Dior Ready to Wear Spring/ Summer 2012 show during Paris Fashion Week. Dior paired soft leather cloches with low hemlines to recreate the 1920s look. Pic/ Getty Images

Men, time to doff your
Houndstooth Fedora
Bruno Mars made retro sexy with his tailored suits, gelled hair and Fedora. Brad Pitt, who has a penchant for hats has also been spotted on several occasions wearing the fedora over a crisp shirt.
For:  Rs 250
At:  outside Reliance Trendz, Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Wear it with  A Tee and jeans 

The Gatsby hat is part of Ranveer Singh’s look in the upcoming film, Lootera. Pic/ Yogen Shah

Bejewelled cloche
Two reasons women should love cloches: they offer protection from the sun and are a great way to disguise a bad hair day, especially when humidity plays havoc with your tresses. Put on a floppy cloche and go from ‘chee’ to vintage chic. A word of caution: Over-accessorising will ruin the look.
For:  Rs 1,880
At:  Blur, Asiad Plaza Shopping Centre, basement Esbeda, SV Road, Santacruz (W).
Call:  67252908
Wear it with  A simple monotone dress or skinny white trousers with a bright blouse. Wedge heels complete the look.
Seen on Actress Bernice Bejo, who carried off the look in this year’s Oscar-favourite, The Artist. Leighton Meester of Gossip Girl was also seen wearing one with a coat to the much-awaited release of The Great Gatsby.

Lace Fedora
After boyfriend pants and jackets, came the fedora. Black lace adds oomph to the ‘man’ hat that is a great way to accessorise a casual outfit.
For: Rs 250
At: Stall outside Reliance Trendz, Hill Road, Bandra (W).
Wear it with  The fedora can be teemed with virtually any ensemble from summer shirts and jeans to wide-legged pants for a sleek look. It also works well with flowy, feminine dresses. Works well with a pair of oversized sunglasses.
Seen on Fashion designer Victoria Beckham, actress Eva Longoria and pop sensation Miley Cyrus. Closer home, the lace fedora has been spotted on B-Town girls’ Anushka Sharma and Bipasha Basu. 

Actress Kangana Ranaut chose a cloche for her travel wear. She paired this dainty hat with ripped jeans and comfortable moccasins. Pic/ Yogen Shah

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