Fashion’s crowning accessory is back, and we’re not talking about baseball hats. Pinstripe caps, flattop porkpies, and feathered cocktail numbers make wonderful souvenirs and symbolize confidence, says San Francisco milliner Jasmin Zorlu. Run for cover at the following shops.
The Village Scandal, New York
Browse designer and custom-made hats, including Italian wool newsboys, leather aviator caps, and the “Scandal Cloche,” a bell-shaped bonnet reminiscent of 1920s haute couture. 19 East Seventh Street (between Second and Third avenues), www.thevillagescandal.com
Bonnet, Portland, Oregon
The boutique’s stellar collection includes unisex styles and original works by local designers, such as cloches by ElizaBeth Rohloff and supersoft Faith caps. 412 Northwest Eleventh, www.bonnetboutique.com
Hollywood Hatters, Los Angeles
Peruse the same stacks as Justin Timberlake at this hatter to the stars, which carries one of L.A.’s largest selections of Kangol caps. 6905 Melrose Avenue, www.hollywoodhatters.com
Go Go Chapeaux, Denver
Milliner Erin Saboe’s handmade creations include ribboned cloches and wide-brimmed sun hats. Styles from Charm NYC and a small men’s selection are also available. 290 Columbine Street, www.gogochapeau.com
Alternative Design Studio (ADS Hats), San Francisco
What to expect: recycled cashmere hats, dainty pillboxes, and crocheted slouch berets, along with distinct designs by house milliner Elina Tachkova. 418 Valencia Street, adshats.wordpress.com
STEPHEN JONES’S HAT TRICKS
Throughout his 30-year career, Britain’s world-renowned milliner has dressed the heads of everyone from Princess Di to Gwen Stefani. His haute-couture creations are even part of the Louvre’s permanent collection. www.stephenjonesmillinery.com
Can anyone look good in a hat?
I believe so. People tend to think baseball cap or a big thing covered with pink flowers, but there’s a world in between.
What are the best styles for face shapes?
Round: a big slimming brim.
Square: something asymmetric adds elegance.
Long: a plush hat or beret pulled on low.
Heart-shaped: look for high rather than wide.
What’s most important to consider when purchasing?
Occasion. At a wedding or bar mitzvah, people are actually looking at you more from behind. Always carry a hand mirror.
How should a hat fit?
A bit big is usually good. For elegance, a hat should sit higher on your head, elongating your neck so you look taller.
Strong colors are in, [but] pay attention to your skin tone when choosing.
Classic hat that’ll never go out of style?
A beret. It can be humdrum or glamorous.
Who always looks good in a hat?
Dita Von Teese, J.Lo, and especially singers -- they’re wearing the hat and the hat is not wearing them, which is really the key thing.
A hat is all about fun -- it’s only about fun. Of course, don’t say that to someone wintering in upstate New York in 10 feet of snow.