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Blaise Reutersward, Vogue Germany September 2014

Blaise Reutersward 3 Blaise Reutersward 4vogue germany, september 2014 photographed by Blaise Reutersward

Lately I have become quite obsessed with hats as a part of my daily look. They have become as essential to me as my hand bags is in completing an ensemble. After moving to Barcelona, I became very aware of how different the strength of the sun was here in comparison to New York. Even from just walking around doing daily errands I noticed that my skin appeared to be bit dryer, and freckles and sun spots arose on my cheek bones as well as on the bridge of my nose. For quite some time I have been using (since I lived in NYC) La Prairie’s anti aging emulsion spf 30, and their anti-aging spf 15 eye cream— but soon realized spf 30 was not enough protection for the sun here in Barcelona. I continued to use these products but added another step to my daily routine, Sisley’s sunscreen of spf 50 ( which is now part of my daily skin regimen). I noticed that this was much better protection for my face, however, I still felt as though I needed another way to shield the sun.  This is when I decided to buy a hat. One hat lead to 3, and now I have some what of a collection (I have a tendency of collecting things!! Especially clothing, books, bags, shoes, makeup, ..umm everything).

Cher in the 70's

Cher in the 70’s

I have always loved a hat, and style with them quite a bit. Just by placing a hat on a simple outfit adds a bit of sophistication and style. Whenever I see a lady in a hat walking down the street/ in a store, wherever– I always find me self a bit interested in them. There is something so mesmerizing and interesting, I can not explain but I am sure the next time you see a lady in hat you will look again and understand what I mean–it sounds silly but it’s so true. There is a certain confidence one wearing a hat exudes (I am sure, without a hat, many of these ladies I have done double takes at were not as interesting without the hat). Every iconic, stylish woman (just about) has worn this accessory, one in particular wore one to her wedding. See the style icons below:

Bianca and Mick Jagger at their wedding in St.Tropez, 1971

Bianca and Mick Jagger at their wedding in St.Tropez, 1971

Marissa Berenson

Marissa Berenson

Gucci 1971

Gucci 1971

Faye Dunaway

Faye Dunaway

Ali Magraw and Bob Evans in the 70's

Ali Magraw and Bob Evans in the 70’s

Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scar Face..favorite for style

Michelle Pfeiffer in Scar Face..favorite for style

Being 5’10 I thought it would be a bit too much to wear a hat. Clearly I have gotten over this. I now think it’s terribly stylish. A hat is not only something to wear to the beach, it can be worn daily: out to dinner, to work. In the summer accent a long dress and grecian sandals with a hat. Heading towards fall wear a black blazer, black pants with a white tee, pumps, and hat. See below for street style inspiration:

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Hats can save your skin, and make you look a little bit more stylish. Why not invest in one. *I recommend starting with a black felt hat so you can wear it in to fall–it’s a bit more practical once winter rolls in. I found a great selection of hats that are not too pricey here. xo