While we are not exactly sure about the origins of the first hat, it is likely that it originated alongside other basic forms of clothing. Human beings sought protection from environmental elements and a hat had practical implications. However, hats are now more widely used for adornment or just part of a look.
Hats have a long history as markers of status, occupation and even political affiliation. Given the significance bestowed upon hats in the past, it is actually very remarkable that for the first time since the Roman Empire, we find ourselves in a period where it is normal to see men and women not wearing hats. However, each type of hat has its own unique history and individual significance in past and present societies. Here’s a video about the evolution of men’s hats of around 400 years in 3 minutes.
It was in the late seventeenth century that women's headgear began to emerge in its own right and not influenced by men's hat fashions. Prior to that, women’s hats were designed based on those of male courtiers. However, in the nineteenth century women’s hat fashion took a flight with the bonnet domination. Bonnet hats became a large fashion accessory with assorted ribbons, flowers, feathers and gauze trims giving an appearance of even greater size. By the end of the century, although bonnets were still prevalent, many other styles emerged like the wide brims with flat crowns, the flower pot and the toque - feathers and veils abounded.
Besides being an awesome fashion accessory, hats are also used as part of uniforms; as head protectors from different kinds of weather hot or cold; as a status or ethnicity symbol; as a disguise or to just hide hair loss and many more other uses. Or just a simple love for hats as some people just love to wear hats everywhere at any time.
But can you wear one with a dress? What about leather pants? Should you even bother wearing one at all? Not sure? Read on.
The answer is yes to all your enquiries about can you match a hat with your outfit, you can definitely wear a hat — as long as it’s worn correctly.
From Princess Kate Middleton’s super chic fascinators to the fictional Peggy Olson’s delightful knit berets, fashion trend-setters from far and wide have set the stage for ladies’ hat trends. A hat can be that one accessory that sets you apart, whether you’re at a formal event or you’re just running some errands. Here’s a few tips and tricks.
- Get a leather baseball cap. The sophisticated nature of the leather will definitely elevate the typical cap for more dressed-up items like dresses and boots.
- Don’t wear a Batman baseball hat on the red carpet. Let’s try to put match hats for the occasion as well, shall we? No beanies too.
- But still get a beanie, it is a must! As you can rock it with leather outfits, paired with bright colourful sneakers (for the guys) or a bold red lipstick (for the ladies), this will keep the plain coloured beanie from looking too lazy.
- Sunny days ahead? Wear a woven hat with a good pair of worn-in jeans and a simple white blouse. Celebs like Jennifer Aniston and Kylie Minogue have demonstrated this perfect daytime outfit look! Also, wear a casual woven hat with a flowy patterned sundress. Perfect for picnics or outdoor parties.
- If you’re a huge fan of all-black outfits, do throw on a dark brown wide-brimmed fedora to break up your all-black outfit.