You probably know the feeling of getting dressed in the morning, looking in the mirror, and having the nagging feeling that something's missing from your look. No piece of statement jewelry will do the trick, and even the classic game of "let's try on every shoe in my closet" doesn't crop up any viable options. You need a piece that's going to add just the right flourish to your look; one that's polished, subtle, but will provide the instant upgrade your look deserves. This is where building your hat collection comes in. Hats are too often shied away from, but they're one of the most immediate ways to piece a look together. They aren't just for cold weather either. Regardless of where you live or the current season, hats can round off your look throughout the year.
Keep reading to see five classic hat styles you should add to your wardrobe ASAP—they're more versatile than you think.
A casual, cool way to top any winter look can be found with the right beanie. Here, model Irene Kim sports a multicolored beanie with a technicolor outfit we adore: a bright coat and pastel hair grounded by a tan dress and neutral kicks. Beanies are a great option for laid-back weekends spent moseying around your local farmers market or a day of rummaging through vintage sales.
Fedoras come in many shapes and sizes, but they are ultimately classified by their felt or wool material and medium-sized brim. Although there are summer options in straw materials, we love the look of a fedora in a heavier fabric, and it adds a level of polish to any outfit. Designer Jenny Walton pairs her fedora here with a spring-green dress and a pair of Chucks.
An often overlooked but equally chic piece to elevate any menswear-inspired look is the newsboy cap. Designer Yoyo Cao deftly proves the transformative powers of the perfect hat with a newsboy paired with a three-piece tartan suit. The cap adds a last dash of attitude to a look already brimming with style.
The Panama hat proves that hats aren't only for winter—you can add on this stylish accessory even during warm months. Panama hats are typically made of straw and can be rolled up and carried around. Lightweight and breathable, Panama hats are a great transition piece as temperatures start to rise. Stylist Yasmin Sewell's look proves just that—the hat and sandals balance out a dark, structured blazer, proving that accessories really can inject an entirely new dimension to an outfit.
You don't have to break out victory rolls and back-seam tights to achieve a retro look—the wide-brimmed hat can give your outfit a subtle nod to '40s style, particularly when done with a heavier fabric, like felt or wool. Designer Lilia Litkovskaya proves the sheer elegance of this style hat by pairing it with a long trench, lace dress, and kitten heels for a look with a slight vintage nod.
Want to know how It girls style their favorite hat styles? Take a look at the eight ways Bella Hadid wears her favorite accessory.