Hats are back, especially in sunny climes, and sophisticated travellers are already spicing up their holiday beach attire by donning the season’s most stylish headgear.
This winter holiday season there’s a multitude of ways to add a little sass to your beach wardrobe – designer footwear, beach bags and sunglasses can all help you to achieve the cool beach look you’re aiming for when you step out onto the sand.
Another consideration when sculpting your unique vacation style is the right choice of hat. Headwear will help you to stand out from the crowd whether you are lounging on the beach or by your villa’s private pool, shopping on the strip or sipping a champagne cocktail in the beach club. As well as helping you look the part, hats provide an elegant way to protect the delicate skin on your face from strong sunlight without having to lather on layers of sun cream.
Read on to find out more about 2014’s hottest hat trends…
Fabulously Feminine Hat
Beach Bunny’s ultra-broad rim hat embodies a classic feminine style. In addition to being one of the best designs to keep your face and neck shaded from the sun, this particular style works perfectly as a beachwear accessory or a casual hat to keep you cool on an afternoon of shopping. To match it to your holiday outfits, take a few different coloured ribbons, flowers or brooches to tailor the hat to a your favourite ensembles.
Androgynous Man Hat
The Chanel boater
from the Cruise 2013/2014 collection is the perfect example of this season’s hat trends leaning towards a more androgynous style. Natural colours in straw are right on trend for this season, and a number of designers are adding a feminine touch to masculine designs with contrasting ribbons, flower buds and brooch details. This Chanel design would also work particularly well with ladies in the mood to rock a nautical theme with their chosen outfit of the day.
This season, stylish visor hats are the perfectly practical choice for a day of sightseeing or even to look the part on the golf course. Ladies that want a touch of class with their headwear may opt for a volumizing straw visor, while brightly coloured transparent plastic visors are great when you want to make a more fashion-forward statement. Ondademar’s visor ticks all the right boxes in terms of style, and also wins in terms of unique comfort because it’s adjustable to fit each wearer’s head perfectly.
If you want to pull out all stops with an edgier style statement you can protect your head from the sun by wearing a bandana instead of a hat. Headbands, bandanas and headscarves are right on trend for summer 2014, and can be uniquely customised every day by tying them in different ways. You can keep all of your hair out of the way by building a turban shape on your head, or go for an elegant side chignon style. Bandanas look best when co-ordinated with the rest of your beach outfit, and Gottex’s colourful ensemble (pictured above) is a perfect example.
If you’re having trouble selecting the style of your holiday hat this year, keep it simple by choosing something in knit-straw fabric. The majority of catwalks this season have graced models working ultra-broad rim, cowgirl, visor and even trilby hats, all in straw. Selecting a hat in your favourite colour can help to make your choice a little more unique. A number of designers this year are also pushing the style boat out with two-tone hats embellished with cords, metal fittings and embroidery.
by MAX VEE