Rue Road Test: How to Wear the Floppy Hat

With daylight savings on the horizon, dressing for warmer weather is the only thing on my mind now. But these in-between months of waiting to free my dresses from the back of the closet pose big wardrobe challenges, especially in the accessories department. My go-to knit beanie feels out of place with my lighter-weight jackets, but early AM coffee runs simply aren’t an option without a hat (trust me, you don’t want to see my hair when I first wake up).

I’m typically not a fan of “fashion hats” – maybe I’m just bitter that fedoras don’t suit me. But after trying this floppy wide-brimmed hat, I decided it was the perfect compromise, as the felted wool still offers some warmth without looking too wintry, and its slouchy shape gives it an effortless Janis Joplin vibe.

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When to rock it
Day or night, fall or spring. From running errands around town to shopping to brunching with friends, this is one accessory that can accompany you just about everywhere.

What to pair it with
I wore mine with a striped maxi dress, leather jacket, and wavy bedhead hair to venture out for my caffeine fix. It would also work well paired with jeans, wedges, and a chunky loose-knit sweater for running around the city on a weekend.

By Grace Romanowsky, Staff Writer

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March 7, 2013