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Ladies: Tip Your Hat to Spring

Ladies: Tip Your Hat to Spring is honored to welcome Christy Pastore from Fashion Wrap Up for a special guest post on the best women's hats of the season. Ladies, read on for her top runway picks! Hats are generally thought of, for most women anyway, as a way to fix a bad hair day. Consider this: Wear a hat because you really want to and because it matches your outfit. Wait. What did she just say? Yes, that’s right. Hats are timeless -- they can be worn anytime! Hats and headpieces were seen all over the runways for Spring/Summer 2013, from New York to Milan. Here are a few headwear trends to consider for the spring season:

Spring Trend Watch: Oraganic raffia bucket hat

While Rachel Zoe’s overall clothing collection for S/S 2013 was less than lackluster, her styling was outstanding. From her spin on the classic fedora to her sporty raffia newsboy caps, Rachel featured plenty of hats in her collection. Rag and Bone and Organic by John Patrick also got in on the raffia hat trend for spring and summer. Rag and Bone showcased sporty caps using the textured material, while Organic by John Patrick opted for casual bucket hats. Whether you’re setting out for an afternoon of sailing, playing a round of golf, or hitting up your local farmer’s market, consider the raffia hat as your accessory of choice. (Try a raffia here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Marc Jacobs Turban Hat

Marc Jacobs, Rebecca Minkoff, and Dolce & Gabbana helped spur the return of two headpiece trends for spring -- the turban and the bandana. These designers reinvented the two stylish head wraps with a modern twist. I personally think that turbans are glamorous! In the 1930s, turbans were often associated with well-educated and well-traveled women -- just think of film icon Greta Garbo. Possibly one of the most famous turbans worn in film history was Lana Turner in the 1946 film, The Postman Always Rings Twice. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s when women began to wear the turban as more of a hat rather than as a head wrap, letting their long, sleek tresses hang loose. In 1973, Barbara Streisand channeled Garbo at the premiere of The Way We Were, pairing a turban with her fabulous fur coat. (Try a turban here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Dolce & Gabanna Headwrap Bandana

Rebecca Minkoff accessorized a matching bandana that coordinated a very streamlined, fluid ensemble -- without being overly matchy-matchy -- for a striking, sporty-casual style. Bandanas do not need to be worn by women "Bret Michaels-style" all the time; they can be worn very girly and chic in a tousled updo. The runway models’ hair at the Dolce & Gabbana show were styled in a manner where a big bandana was worn covering some part of their foreheads but still showcased a messy bun. The models wore bathing suits, sun dresses, and elegant cocktail dresses, all while sporting the colorfully-printed bandanas. Turbans and bandanas are perfect for a day at the beach or pool, but also transition easily to a no-fuss evening look. (Try a beach hat with bandana sash here!)

Spring Trend Watch: Peter Som veil hat covering

Peter Som and Jason Wu took a more formal approach for spring headwear using netted face veils, often referred to as birdcage veils to create feminine, mysterious looks. While birdcage veils are seen mostly worn on brides for their weddings, they are appropriate for cocktail and black-tie events, or if you want to add a dash of pizazz to your look. Dita Von Teese attended the Alexis Mabille Haute Couture show in Paris this past January wearing a birdcage veil, and was immediately put on the trend watch list by fashionistas. I say embrace this trend and consider trying it for a date night or a girl’s night out. Which of these hat trends are you trying this spring? Thanks again to Christy for sharing her spring hat expertise with us! For more on Fashion Wrap Up, be sure to follow her on Twitter.
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