Hat Inspirations From European Fashion Capitals III

Monte Carlo: The Floppy Hat

There are two types of accessories that I have never really taken much liking to; the necklaces and hats!
Well, about the latter, I may eventually have a change of heart, at least after I saw how cute the floppy hat can be, especially when it is in a very striking color.

You will be pleased to know that this particular hat is one of those accessories that can be moved from the kaftan beach look, to a tight and vest look; all for one cause, which is to keep out the sun.

I believe every woman loves an accessory that they can be able to switch with the different items in their wardrobes. That is what the floppy hat does for you.

If you are stepping out to a polo game, then you can add your floppy hat to your shift dress and wedges look. That way, you have a well accessories look, but also keeping out the sun at the same time.

Alternatively, you can wear this hat to a carnival, in true costume manner. But this means the hat needs to also have a fun element to it.

Doesn’t a floppy hat just have a certain je ne sails quoit? In all sorts of colors, shapes, embellishments, and textures, there’s no shortage of styles to choose from within the category — and while Monte Carlo might not be a fashion capital per Se, it’s surely a place that appreciates elevated style. The important thing with a floppy hat? Make sure it fits properly, lest it makes you a fashion victim.

Paris : The Beret Hat

We all know that popular French legend has it that Noah discovered the beret. According to myth, he was cleaning the Ark and discovered a mesh of wool that had been trodden to felt by a hundred hooves. Get viola: the beret, derived from the Latin Barrett (meaning ‘a cap’), was born.

The beret gained vital importance in rural Pyrenees society and took on a host of other functions: berets were used as a place to hide money or a bag for gathering fruit, and the ‘stem’ in the middle was even said to ward off the devil.

It cannot be denied that the beret has a strong association with France, beret has been worn in the rest world throughout history, and the French don’t claim to have invented it. In fact, they credit Noah with its invention. Supposedly, when he was floating around in his ark getting rained on, he noticed that the wool on the floor in the sheep pen had been trampled and turned into felt. He cut out a circle, put it on his head to keep his hair dry, and voila! The first beret.

From above mentioned, we can conclude that different capitals embrace different hats, which represent various culture background and local customs to some extent. If you plan the next travel to Europe, this paper will provide you a good reference in packing up a hat.

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Hat Inspirations From European Fashion Capitals II

Amsterdam: The Beanie









One popular style of the beanie during the early half of the twentieth century was a kind of skullcap made of four or six felt panels sewn together to form the cap. The panels were often composed of two or more different contrasting colors to give them a novel and distinctive look. This type of beanie was also very popular with some colleges and fraternities, as they would often use school colors in the different panels making up the garment.

Another style of beanie was the whoopee cap, a formed and pressed wool felted hat, with a flipped up brim that formed a band around the bottom of the cap. The band would often have a decorative repeating zigzag or scalloped pattern cut around the edge. It was also quite common for schoolboys to adorn their beanies with buttons and pins

Always on the go with their bikes in tow, beanie hats are a must in Amsterdam. It’s not that locals don’t wear other styles (they do!) but the beanie is the best choice of the bunch. Fashionable and functional, these comfy hats won’t blow away with the wind like other styles might. After all, you’ll be biking everywhere, reveling in the cool breeze whipping past your face. In warmer weather, switch to a cap made of a lighter fabric.

Barcelona: The Panama

A Panama hat (tequila straw hat) is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Traditionally, hats were made from the plaited leaves of the Carludovica palmate plant, known locally as the tequila palm or jipijapa palm, although it is a palm-like plant rather than a true palm.

Panama hats are light-colored, lightweight, and breathable, and often worn as accessories to summer-weight suits, such as those made of linen or silk. The tightness, the finesse of the weave, and the time spent in weaving a complete hat out of the tequilaa straw characterize its quality. Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, these hats became popular as tropical and seaside accessories owing to their ease of wear and breath ability.

The art of weaving the traditional Ecuadorian tequila hat was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists on 6 December 2012. Panama hat is an Intangible Cultural Heritage, a term used to define practices, traditions, knowledge, and skills communities passed down from generation to generation as part of their cultural heritage.

With pleasant weather year-round and a beach to boot, Barcelona is a trendsetter’s playground. Since Panama hats are more casual, they’re easy to pull off with any hairstyle, whether a messy low bun or a sleek braid. It also looks great on all hair styles, from pixie cuts to long waves. The Panama hat delivers seasonal aplomb you’ll appreciate, in a pack able design. But whether you choose the versatility of the fedora or the summer style of the Panama, a moderate-width brimmed hat, with a crown, taper, and distinctive bond is a sophisticated (and necessary) option in any collection of men’s hats.

Today, the Panama hat is considered a handsome accessory, especially in the warmer months when its lightweight construction and light color complement summer or tropical wear.



Hat Inspirations From European Fashion Capitals I

The silver lining as we sulkily close the chapter on each summer season? Consoling ourselves by shopping enthusiastically for new fall fashion. And the annual ritual is even more joyful when we combine it with our love of travel to create a perfectly curated wardrobe inspired by our own wanderlust preferences. Get inspired to find your perfect hat this season by considering the European fashion capitals where folks rock the looks in top style.

Berlin: The Fedora









Fedoras became widely associated with gangsters and Prohibition, a connection coinciding with the height of the hat’s popularity between the 1920s and the early 1950s. In the second half of the 1950s, the fedora fell out of favor in a shift towards more informal clothing styles, though Greasers wore the hats with their leather jackets and jeans. Fedora is a simple style choice for anyone looking to dress up their head-wear. Whereas a cap is often casual, the fedora shines as brightly with a suit as it does with weekend wear, and you can wear it year-round as a handsome accent to any outfit.

Berliners are some of the coolest people you’ll meet, so of course they rock fedoras. The style is chic and bold, with narrower brim, silk ribbon or belt around the base, and folded top. Berlin locals don’t often feel the need to dress up (they’re effortlessly coolie manufacturers in France. Austere (who acquired the former oldest manufacturer, Blancq-Olibet, in February 2014) has been making berets since 1840. Bacteria Auloronesa is a small artisan French beret manufacturer in the ridiculously stylish, often without trying, so when it comes to accessories, they opt for a less-is-more approach. Simple but smart, the beret is the quintessential Parisian hat for any occasion. They come in all colors and patterns but many locals opt for neutrals or more subdued tones. Remember to cock it to one side, lest you be mistaken for a tourist.

Milan: The Wide-Brim Hat









Milan is not the city to shy away from limelight and with a hat this wide, your chances of blending into the crowd are slim to none — just how you like it! In the cooler months, felt or suede will keep you warm. Or while the weather’s still warm, try sporting a caudally. Originally from Chile, they are made of straw and look oh-so-chic. The natural oils in our hands dry out the straw, and when the straw dries it becomes brittle and is more susceptible to cracking. Handle the hat by its brim, yes the oils still affect the straw in the brim, but the brim is much easier to clean and much less likely a spot for cracking to occur. Be sure to store your hat either in the box that you bought it in or in a spot that is away from sunlight. Never store a hat on its brim as this will affect its shape.