Sunday, January 23, 2011


Hipsters, Trend setters, Fashionistas are going head-over-heals for big-brimmed, 70’s inspired hats. Filled with enough character to finalize any ensemble, these eye catching châteaux are turning up on the heads of  style-setters like Eugenie Niarchos and Lou Doillon, adding a dose of vintage glam to their daily wear. Famously popularized by the likes of Anita Pallenberg, Marianne Faithfull, and Bianca Jagger in the late '60s through the early '70s, these over-sized floppies embody a rock-and-roll spirit that's definitely worth emulating. The only difference between then and now is that while the original trend-setting muses used their head-turning accessories to accent their big fur coats and brocade bell-bottoms, today's mad hatters are opting to pair theirs with more streamlined and neutral pieces.
Floppy big brimmed hats work great when styling a photo for a peek-a-boo look  but can be unwearable and hazardous if the brim looses its shape and blocs the wearer's view. Keeping this in mind, I usualy make my if brims with slightly shorter backs and I reinforce the brim edge with tonal stitch lines. This allows for the floppy look without a total flop.

As is often the case with more daring trends, the way you style this key piece is of paramount importance. Since this eye-catching hat is such a statement, instead of going for an over-the-top runway look, opt for a more refined ensemble with a big brimmed fedoar like style LV237-ASST below.

If you're ready to frame your face with a big-brimmed hat, Callanan/Scala collections have plenty of excellent selections to choose from on the following sites.

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