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Topping off winter: 5 essential hats for women

January 5, 2015

This bell-shaped cloche has a vintage look and gives a nod to the 1920's era.

MINNEAPOLIS — Wearing a hat during the frigid months of winter is a no-brainer. You can top off your cold-weather look and keep your noggin warm. Sara Rogers, trend specialist for the Mall of America, helps us break down five key women’s hat styles that are perfect for this time of year.

1. Floppy hat

Rogers says: Keep it easy, breezy and bohemian with this chic 1970s vibe.

Wear it with: a faux fur vest, denim on denim, floral print dress, maxi skirt/dress, or chunky sweater and jeans and a fringe handbag.

As outerwear: Pair with biker jackets, sweater coats, shearling coats or ponchos.

Green floppy hat: Chapel Hats at Mall of America, $34.99

2. Fedora

Rogers says: Borrow this menswear-inspired look from the boys, but consider adding a feminine touch.

Wear it with: a T-shirt and jeans, blouse with ankle pants, tailored blazer and T-shirt, button-up shirt and a skirt or denim.

As outerwear: Pair with tailored wool coats, robe-style coats, biker jackets and menswear-style coats.

Leopard fedora: Chapel Hats at Mall of America, $49.99

3. Cloche

Rogers says: This bell-shaped hat has a vintage look and gives a nod to the 1920s era. Play to its strengths with looks that hark back to the past.

Wear it with: a blazer and sweater, floral print dress, feminine blouse (tie front, Peter Pan collar, etc.), a dress and cardigan, a sheath dress, high necklines or fit-and-flare dresses and skirts.

As outerwear: Pair with retro-inspired coats, princess coats, classic wool coats, coats with ¾-length sleeves, furry coats or capes.

Purple beanie: Uptown MN at Mall of America, $70

4. Beanie

Rogers says: This head-hugging style is worn for warmth and for style. It looks edgy with core basics, and can easily take your casual look to the next level.

Wear it with: sweatshirts, sweaters layered with shirts, denim, plaid, T-shirts or skater skirts.

As outerwear: Pair with down, wool and leather jackets and coats; and biker and anorak jackets.

Purple cloche: Aldo, $20

5. Wide brim

Rogers says: Floppy or rigid, pinched or rounded — it’s the perfect choice when you want to make a statement. It also gives the wearer an aura of mystery.

Wear it with: long skirts and a moto jacket, a sheath dress, plaid/button-up shirts, trousers or skirts, a blazer, T-shirt and denim, or a fit-and-flare dress or skirt.

As outerwear: Pair with leather, wool, fur, biker jackets, capes or ponchos.

Wide brim tan hat: Bebe, $44

 

 



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