Hats are one of my favorite ways to accessorize, from retro Audrey Hepburn or Princess Diana styles to baseball caps from the Louis Vuitton Resort 2022 collection. But I’m fuzzy on the hat tag (when is it appropriate? wear one indoors?) and I also struggle to avoid flattened hair when I take off a hat. Suggestions? – Jessica, South Orange, New Jersey
As Jeff Bezos proved when he donned a cowboy hat on his first Blue Origin trip, hats are definitely the centerpiece of the moment – for better or for worse.
And while his choice elicited a fair amount of hilarity from the audience who watched him, the right selection can protect you from the sun, hide bad hair days (or bald patches), and finish a figure like no other accessories.
Namely, the two hottest couture shows both featured hats: structured umbrella looks at Demna Gvasalia’s first Balenciaga couture outing and ostrich-feather jellyfish at Valentino. Even Pyer Moss’s disruptive show / ode to black inventors contained a crystal-fringed shade toque. And milliner Stephen Jones is a key feature at every Dior runway (this time with trompe-l’oeil tweed baseball-meet-jockey caps).
Plus, there were hats all over “Hamilton” and hats that made many films memorable, from the fedoras of “Indiana Jones” and “The Blues Brothers” to the Detroit Tigers cap of Doughboy from “Boyz n the. Hood ”and the giant Topper Ascot from“ My Fair Lady ”.
While Emily Post always offers some guidelines for when and where to take your hats off – men should take their hats off in a private home, at meal times, during the national anthem, in public buildings, etc. women should do the same with baseball caps, but can leave “fashion hats” on unless they block someone’s view – fashion these days is so fluid and so prioritizing. the individual over the group, that most of the rules have simply disappeared.
Indeed, Jones pretty much confirmed the above. “Women do not have to take off their hats indoors, although it is polite for men to take off their hats,” he said in an email. “For me, even if I wear a party hat on one occasion on the red carpet, I would always take it off at dinner. “
The good news is that this means you don’t have to worry about the hat head issue, as there is no need to remove the hat. (Although Jones also notes that the flattening effect you experience might occur because a hat is too tight.)
If that becomes a problem, however, Hairstory’s Wes Sharpton suggests keeping dry shampoo, also known as hair powder, on hand. “We often only think of using a powder as an oil absorber, but there are powders that actually have some grip and can create instant bulk, especially if applied at the root,” he said. he writes. Heard of apologizing for powdering your nose? It is the equivalent of hair.
Disappear for a moment, sprinkle some in your hands and scrunch. So – well, hat.
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