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Trend-Setters Say Good Bye to Rainy Day Blues

July 30th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style, Spring & Summer Hats

Is it just me or has this summer been washed away with the number of rainy days and stormy nights? Whether you’re in the Northeast, South, or even Midwest, the one constant is the amount of rain we’ve seen this summer.

But there’s a positive to this summer’s wet weather. It lets us embraced our inner fashionista! Whether you want to dress up a drab trench coat or simply protect your hair, rain hats are the way to go when Mother Nature throws us a curve ball.

Recent runway show features a number of great looks topped off with stylish bucket hats to keep you fresh and chic as you step out in the rain.

Get this runway look for less with the Helen Kaminski Cotton Crusher Hat only $75.00 from Hats in the Belfry

Here’s another rainy day style tip - COLOR! While many get lost in the blues of rainy weather, I encourage you to add a splash of color to help brighten cloudy days. I guarantee you’ll feel better about yourself by simply adding a spice of color to lighten the dreary mood.

Add a touch of sunshine to your fashionable outfit with San Diego’s Cotton Floral Bonnet, only $39.00 from Hats in the Belfry

Men’s Classics Live Forever

Let’s go back to the classics for men’s rainy day attire. And who better to show us the perfect rainy day fashion than Gene Kelly. As a true Hollywood icon, we turn to Singin’ in the Rain to give us a classic style for your rainy day blues.

Take home a classic with Bailey’s Dalton Canvas Rain Hat - Available from Hats in the Belfry for a mere $40.00

And for a modern spin on an original classic, Kangol has perfected classic men’s hats with a trendy spin. I suggest the Kangol Coinston Rain Proof Ivy as the ultimate in stylish rain protection hats.


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Yeah It’s Hot, But Why…?

July 24th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Fashion & Style, Hats in the News, Trend Watch

Social influence is an amazing thing. Even skinny jeans are in style…seriously.

Think about any fad that you’ve ever fallen into. Think about how quickly you fall out of them. Everyone loves to think that they have their own style, but chances are, there was someone doing it before you were. The seemingly contradictory nature of human beings to want to both fit in and stand out at the same time is fascinating.

Most people can attribute their sense of style to a single person or group. I grew up in Jersey City, NJ. Whether they weren’t important enough for me to notice, or they simply were not around, I almost NEVER saw people wearing hats. There were baseball caps, which eventually evolved into fitted ball caps & flat brims, but no fedoras or pub caps. Six years later, hats are a regular part of my style. I’m a little older, more mature than I was back then, but I am basically the same person. Yet my style has changed dramatically since then. Why?

I’m sure maturity played a part in it. My surroundings and social situations have changed as well. I’d also be remiss if I didn’t attribute working in the fashion business to my evolution in style! Still, something in the fashion and pop culture world has definitely changed in recent years. People like Brad Pitt, Ne-Yo, Mary J. Blige, etc. have all made it cool to wear hats again. Don’t get me wrong, the Run DMC’s and LL Cool J’s of the world were doing it before these guys, but hats weren’t nearly as mainstream back then as they are now, and you can see it in every mall that you walk into today. Athletic stores like Lids and Nike have made room on their shelves for classic style over fitted ball caps. MetroPark, H&M, and Urban Outfitters are pushing hats as a part of the contemporary and urban chic appeal. To these companies, selling style is essential, and hats have become a staple part of that movement.

I flip through some pubs and ivy caps to find one that coordinates with what I’m wearing. The first time I ever walked into a hat store and tried one on, something didn’t fit when I looked in the mirror. Nowadays, it all seems to blend so nicely. Style is cyclical. Who knows how long this trend will last. What I’ve come to find out about hat wearers, though, is that once you’ve sold them on one hat, they’re going to be hat wearers for life. It’s not because hats are cool. It’s because hats are cool to us.

- James

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Hats are a Vacation’s Perfect Accessory-

July 7th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in Men's Hats, Trend Watch, Women's Hats

From the Beach to the Campground, Be Practical and Look Stylish

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing summer escape or a trip to help you warm your winter blues, one thing is for certain - we all look forward to vacation! But what do I pack? …

Take it from me; hats are the perfect accessory for any vacation. From beach days to camping trips, fly fishing to safaris, wherever you go, a signature hat provides the perfect complement to your attire.

For style and function, take a look through my recommended women’s hats:

Helen Kaminski Gemma - Panama Cotton Bucket Hat

There’s no better way to shade your beautiful face from the sun’s harmful rays and keep your sophisticated look than with this classic Kaminski bucket hat. Perfect for resorts and cruises, this hat is packable and versatile. What’s more, this white hat matches any spring or summer outfit.

Protection Collection Sea Breeze - Cotton Sun Hat

Available in a range of neutral colors, this beach hat is a sure fit for all. Whether you’re sneaking away for a quick picnic lunch or planning a day-trip, protect yourself and stay cool with UPF 50+ protection and a mesh crown allowing more airflow within the hat. And did I mention this sun hat is crushable which makes for easy packing to take with you anywhere?

And here are a few of my favorite men’s hats, too:

Protection Collection Trek - Mesh Canvas Safari

Perfect for an African safari or trek through the forests of Latin America, I highly recommend this mesh and canvas hat for your travels. Featuring a crushable mesh crown, no other safari hat is better fit for packing. Not to mention, it offers UPF 50+ protection.

Protection Collection Trailway - Cotton Bucket

From fly fishing to sitting around the campfire, the Trailway Cotton Bucket hat is my pick for a weekend in the great outdoors. More than just a hat, this outdoor hat contains a size adjuster and adjustable chin-cord to ensure the perfect fit for any size head. What’s more, there is a small pocket on the inside to store your key, ID or even some extra cash!

Whether your vacation lasts a few days, a week or all summer long don’t forget to pack your favorite hats. They’ll keep you looking fresh and feeling cool throughout your trip.


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