The Chic Floppy Hat: Summer Must Have

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

--By Kim Moshtaghi

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Biarritz Floppy Hat
Ralph Lauren "Biarritz" Hat

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Since the 1960s, floppy hats have held their place in fashion when it comes to making a statement. Since the horse races are coming up in San Diego, I thought this would be the perfect time to bring up this marvelous fashion statement. The floppy hat is the image of sophistication and romance, and besides that, this particular beloved fashion trend serves more than one purpose. The floppy hat is perfect for the woman who wants to stand out, but not have every inch of her face critically analyzed by her peers. The floppy hat is a security blanket and an ego boost at the same time, it gives the perception of a strong women with an independent streak. The floppy hat demands a certain strength and confidence from a woman that many fashion trends do not demand.

Helen Kaminski Lacy Floppy Hat
Helen Kaminski Floppy Hat

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The hat covers the face whether it is worn by the pool or out by the track, and it symbolizes class and exudes sexiness. With glamour in mind, forget the baseball cap and wear a floppy hat that adds a splash of color, and style with the feeling of Southern California. Floppy hats make glamour practical and that’s our ultimate goal as women. With many floppy hats in mind, I will suggest a few to purchase. Being women of experience when it comes to floppy hats, I will give you this crucial advice: buy a hat that you can wear and see out of when wearing it.

Nordstrom Large Metallic Straw Cloche
Metallic Straw Cloche

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I found a marvelous hat from Ralph Lauren, which happens to be my favorite color combination-- black and white. This hat can be worn with almost anything and will look wonderful on anyone who can handle the attitude that a floppy hat demands. This hat will look drop dead gorgeous with the right maxi dress. Also, I love the fact that you can pair this hat with a bikini if you want to keep it really casual or you can put a large scarf around the hat to add a different fabric and pattern.

The next hat I found is from, and it’s perfect for the poolside. It’s a neutral color, which keeps it classy, and the material keeps it simple enough to wear during the day. It is a very functional hat, and you can also play this one up with a scarf.

Nordstrom has an absolutely stunning hat, which can be an option with evening attire. The hat is a shimmering straw-like hat, with curled rosettes in the front. I love this hat because it speaks for itself. I could see someone wearing this hat with some white slacks-- and it will look magnificent.

So, go ahead kill two birds with one stone, get a hat to look fabulous in, and protect your skin at the same time.

Kim Moshtaghi
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.