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FASHION NOTES: THE HAT FOUR WAYS

24.04.15

This season's accessories focus offers a fresh new take on spring/summer style. Whether you're heading for sunshine shores or staying on home turf, there's a hat for every occasion. Look to our guide for tips on how to style yours to suit your destination.

CITY WEEKEND

A weekend in the city requires a stylish wardrobe that works throughout the day and into the evening. For a flawless 18-hour look, choose classic separates like skinny jeans or leather trousers and black heeled boots. Then place your attention on accessories. This is where you can get creative and give your outfit a personal slant. A felt hat in black or camel is an effortless addition that makes a big impact and can simply be taken off at night. Slip a sleek pouch into your tote, using it as a clutch after dark, and add a gold-tone metal bracelet or a statement cuff for a considered final touch.

Andrea hat, Imogen boots, Cindy pouch, Bella bracelet

BEACH RETREAT

The straw trilby has a place on every relaxed retreat. Easy and effortlessly chic, it works both with a bikini on downtime and styled with a crochet swing dress at the beach bar. Printed swimwear in bold colourways adds a youthful edge and leaves little need for accessories - perfect for this kind of getaway. Be sure to stock up on magazines and pack a simple pair of sandals, adding mirrored sunglasses and a raffia tote to complete your stylish essentials for a week soaking up the sun.

Effie hat, Tigra bikini top, Tigra bikini briefs, Cordoba sandals

TRAVEL IN STYLE

A hat is a chic way to top off any travel outfit, be it en route to your destination or worn for a day exploring once you arrive. Choosing a statement style with a vibrant ribbon will add a sunshine-ready, holiday feel and bring a pop of colour to your look. Team it with a fluid silk top and be sure to keep your camera on hand to capture your trip. Added style tip: it also acts as a great alternative to sunglasses for a fresh spin on your go-to summer look.

Jose hat, Kara topSummer shoes 

POOLSIDE GLAMOUR

When sunning yourself poolside, it’s a wide-brimmed hat that’s sure to get you noticed. Ticking two boxes in one, a graphic black and white version will make a statement and cast a welcome shadow over your book. Teamed with a plunging swimsuit and wedge espadrilles (and accompanied with a tropical cocktail) it’s your route to poolside glamour. Be sure to wear it to the airport to save space in your suitcase, and choose a neutral or monochrome palette that will go with any swimwear or beach dress.

Harlot swimsuit, Melodie hat