Style is a form of self-expression for me. As cliché as it may sound, this is what makes me different in a fashion scene. I also think there is value in style because this is another way of showing off my personality through garments. It also serves as another means of being remembered or making an impact especially in the fashion industry.
Personally, I love projecting my own sense of style through hats.
Depending on what vibe or mood you’re going for, something as simple as a hat can make a huge difference and carry an entire outfit. It can really complete any look. I mean, it’s just so convenient too – rain or shine, wearing a hat has no limits. Not to mention, it saves you from a bad hair day anytime, anywhere.
A lot of people are intimidated by the idea of wearing hats but it isn’t that hard. Whatever hat you choose really just has to match the get-up you’re going for – from its color, to its shape, and even to its texture. Depending on where I’m going and what I’m doing, I also take convenience and visibility (because of wide brims) into consideration.
Taking reference from my mom’s old photo albums, I believe I was around three or four years old when I first fell in love with hats. I had picked out a pink bucket hat with some cute embroidery for myself and wore it proudly. In general, though, I grew up loving hair accessories. I went through a hair band phase that I believe eventually evolved into a hat obsession as I grew older.
My personal style is of extremes, from mixing masculine and feminine aspects, to incorporating a dash of busyness in a minimalistic outfit. When it comes to garments, I am into clean lines and strong shapes. So I’ve always been fond of bowler-shaped hats with wide brims for their structural appeal. Lately, however, berets and newsboy hats – much more relaxed silhouettes – have won my heart over.
I’ve lost track of how many hats I have. They’re all just stacked up by shape and size or hanging off of hat stands. I’m not very picky when it comes to hats; perhaps that’s why my collection has grown so well. I focus mostly on the shape of the hat first, then the fit because that’s either ride or die. I also keep an eye on uniqueness and tiny details. When buying, I usually go for neutral colors but at times, I also invest in statement and striking pieces. That being said, I’m currently eyeing a statement Lack of Color hat. Although I want to wait for their next season!