Most people wear a top (1 piece) and a bottom (2nd piece). I describe it as a flat piece of paper. But when you add a third piece, it pops off the page. You now have a 3rd dimension and you’ve now created an interesting outfit. Hats create a instant 3rd dimension and it doesn’t require you to actually wear anything. In other words, if you run hot or prefer a minimalist look, you don’t actually have to add a layer to your body. When styling men and women I’m constantly making them aware of the notion that lots of 2 piece outfits are boring. You become invisible in a sea of 2 piece-wearing people. Adding the third piece adds texture, layers, and visual interest. Hats add all of these extras plus provides you a health benefit of protecting your head and face! Boom!
Here are the rules to wearing hats:
- Don’t mix summer straw hats with winter outfits. Vise versa, don’t wear a felt hat in the summer. Keep light materials for warm weather and heavy materials for cold climates.
- Your hat must be subdued. No crazy patterns, fluffy bows or feathers (unless it’s very small/subtle).
- Keep your hat to a neutral color. Black, tan, grey are all good choices.
- Keep casual hats away from formal attire: no straw hats for evening events or weddings or foe men, light fedoras with a tux, etc.
- Only wear hats that are in good condition. Plainly, a ratty old hat or soiled/sweaty baseball cap cause more (visual) harm than good.