Wednesday, August 5, 2015

How I Wear My: Straw Hat

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country.

Now that some of the hottest days of the year are upon us, Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country and I thought a “How I Wear My” devoted to straw hats made stylish good sense!

This was such a fun post to put together because everyone looks so good, all smiles and hats! What a treat to see everyone at their summertime best. Enjoy!

Adrienne of The Rich Life in Wine Country, above, my “How I Wear My” partner, writes, “I’m wearing the very first quality straw hat I ever purchased - a genuine Panama hat I bought at Montecristo Panama Hats of Napa Valley. Buying this hat started my love affair with straw hats and now I own quite a few! With my straw hat, I am wearing a black cut-out top from Covered Perfectly, cream-colored pants from Stella Carakasi and a black leather wrap bracelet and black Adora bag, both from Shop The Rich Life. It’s a casual summer look I would wear running errands, to a barbecue or out to lunch.”

I think this is such a clean and stylish ensemble on Adrienne and I love how both the hat and the leather wrap bracelet give it a bit of edge.

Trina (and family!) of Tea Time With Trina.

Trina of Tea Time With Trina says, “During the summer months I find myself spending lots of time in my backyard enjoying the pool and I never go out without a big straw hat to keep my head and shoulders protected from the sun.”

I love this picture so much. I think it is my new favorite photo of Trina! What an adorable and refreshing take on summer—Trina so lovely in her pale pink wide-brimmed hat and enjoying the pool with her beautiful daughter and granddaughter. Isn’t this a great shot?

Sheree of It’s Not That Deep.

Our good friend Sheree of It’s Not That Deep has been busy with her new vintage clothing shop, as well as her online shop, but took time out to send us this fantastic picture of herself in a big floppy straw hat. She says she thinks it’s the only time she has worn a hat! I love the beachy summertime vibe of this look and I’m crazy about the bag.


Sandy writes, “This is my favorite straw hat that I wear almost everywhere - to the beach, the park, etc. I love it because it travels well – it’s packable! So I don’t have to worry about ruining its shape. This picture was taken at Animal Kingdom in Disneyworld. I just love the beautiful background!

What a great picture of Sandy looking pretty darn elegant while at a zoo within a world-famous amusement park! I love her earrings and the polka dots on the sheer sleeves of her blouse, don’t you?

Merci of Chic on Thrift.

Merci of Chic on Thrift says, “We are having Kenyan winter, never cold enough and on some days we have the sun shine. Whenever the sun comes out like on this day, it is always a pleasure to have on a hat and show some leg in a pair of shorts.”

I just love this look on Merci—I think the shorts look so good with neutral high-heeled sandals, a white tank and that very lovely hat!

Helen of Valley of the Shoes.

Helen of Valley of the Shoes writes, “This summer hat look is fun and practical. Practical because if you have black hair like I do, the black absorbs the heat like crazy (you could probably fry an egg on my head some days). Hats are necessary for me when the sun is beating down. It also prevents sun damage for your face and your hair (yup, your hair needs sun protection too). For fun, I added the red bandana since it adds a cheerful pop of color. The ikat tank top and cuffed cropped jeans keep me cool in this summer heat.”

I think Helen brings up a great point about how hair needs sun protection and that the color of it can effect how hot your head gets. I love this entire ensemble on her, it’s such a great summer look!

Glenda of So What To Twenty!

Glenda of So What To Twenty! says, “Dressed in a navy blue, 100% linen dress, the Rancher (hat) manages to capture the true essence of this laid-back but adventurous ensemble. In this outfit I am reminded of the great Australian Outback or the Chagra of Ecuador (Ecuadorian cowboys). The voluminous dress and hat make a bold statement.”

I would add that the silver sandals and polka dot hatband also help add to one fabulous statement on Glenda. I love this look on her!

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun.

Dawn Lucy of Fashion Should Be Fun writes, “With this romantic feminine look, I'm wearing a Pack-A-Hat that folds into the size of a wallet!”

I love this dreamy look on Dawn Lucy, definitely romantic enough for a garden wedding, either as a guest or as the bride!

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo.

Suzanne of Suzanne Carillo says, “I’m fair skinned so I’m always wearing a hat in the sun. I own 8 different straw hats. I made this floral hat. You can see the instructions here. It combined perfectly with this Painter’s Palette skirt from Anthropologie.”

What a gorgeous and romantic look on Suzanne! Have a look at the details of the hat she made, below.

The lovely floral hatband that Suzanne made!

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic.

Jane of Toronto Shopoholic says the photo of her features, “a larger brimmed straw hat that is perfect for when it is really hot out and I want to hide from the sun.”

This is such a terrific look on Jane. I adore that navy and white gingham dress, the big necklace, and those wedge sandals. The hat in her hand makes the whole ensemble so flirty and even more feminine!

Lulu of The Peace & Positivity Preservation Society.

Our new friend Lulu of The Peace & Positivity Preservation Society looks like the epitome of simple summertime beauty with a striped wide-brimmed hat, orange T-shirt and sheer lip color. Who says you need a lot of anything to make an impact?

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley.

Tamera of Tamera Beardsley writes that the hat she has on is “my very favorite Frank Olive straw hat that took me some time to track down, after I had seen it featured in Vogue magazine, so many years ago! I remember seeing it, and thinking, ‘Someday I would love to have That Life!’ Oh the powers of fabulous hats!”

I can’t imagine a hat post without Tamera and I love both this super glamorous look on her and the story of her hat. I think it is safe to say she is definitely living That Life!

My good friend Rosie!

I am thrilled that my friend Rosie is joining us for the first time with this photo, looking so glamorous and gorgeous in her straw hat and sunglasses!

Teresa. Photo by Denton Taylor.

New York City photographer Denton Taylor, who shot this photo of his wife Teresa, says her hat “is a no-brand hat from a street vendor, shown here at the new Whitney Museum.”

I like this casual art gallery visit look on Teresa and I also really like this just as a photo showing Teresa and the Manhattan cityscape behind her!

Nora of Jacket Society.

Nora of Jacket Society says, “In this picture I am wearing our brand new Cosmo jacket with my H&M skort, tan tank top, brown gladiators and gold Ralph Lauren bag and of course my straw hat. I loved this unexpected color combo and wanted to add a bit of turquoise in there too so I added our turquoise stone necklace as well. The Cosmo jacket is available on our website but unfortunately the necklace is sold out.”

I really like this color combination on Nora, she really knows what colors suit her best, and this is an outfit I can’t imagine without the terrific hat!

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living.

Cheryl of Northwest Mountain Living writes, “I love hats but don’t have nearly enough. In this picture I am wearing a hat from a local boutique called Mountain Monkey Business! I am wearing a vibrant green tunic, denim shorts, and colorful sandals. To accessorize I am wearing the pearl necklace my husband got me for my birthday this year (turned 55!) and carrying a straw bag. It was a very fun outfit to put together!

I really love the gorgeous hat and pearl combination on Cheryl in this picture, especially with the green tunic and that oversized straw bag. Foxy and fun at 55!

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life.

Alice of Happiness at Mid-Life says she and her family go to a lot of summer concerts in the park and she wore this outfit to one of them, featuring a hat by Banana Republic. I love the casual vibe of this ensemble on Alice and I am especially enamored of her black and white hat!

April of Ms B in the Bay Area.

April of Ms B in the Bay Area writes, “I’m not wearing an actual straw hat, but my favorite fringed castaway sun hat by Physician Endorsed. The hat is rated UPF 50+. I love wearing hats and can always be found wearing one on a sunny day! A hat not only looks stylish, but covers up your hair on a bad hair day while still providing the protection you need from the harsh rays.”

Just like Helen, above, April reminds us of the need to protect our hair from the sun. I like this look on her and since there is plenty of room on that outdoor sofa, wish I was sitting next to her with a similar drink in my hand, getting to know her!

Ana of Mrs. American Made.

Ana of Mrs. American Made writes, “I have a lovely straw hat for a visit to the pool - wearing a fun cotton polka dot dress that I found at a thrift store for less than $10!! All made in America. This hat is neat because while it offers great sun protection, it is also very pretty woven with two colors of straw and it completes the summery look of casual dress and linen tote bag.”

Ana’s look is my idea of low-key summertime glamour, both feminine and fun.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness.

Susan of High Heels in the Wilderness says, “I bought this little straw hat last winter when my husband and I were in Key West. I rarely wear a hat, but some days, especially for shopping in the heat of southern Florida, you really need one. Or for browsing at a summer outdoor antique fair where all the ladies seem to be in hats.”

This is one of my favorite color combos in summertime and I think a pale hat with a black hatband is perfect addition to this look!

Josephine of Chic at Any Age.

Josephine of Chic at Any Age joins us looking so cool in these turquoise blue shades (I especially love that scarf) capped off by her wonderful white hat!

Linda of A Labour of Life.

Linda of A Labour of Life says she lives in her straw hats, especially fedoras. She continues, “A navy jumpsuit from Target and a light denim jacket paired with Converse and a fedora is the perfect wine tasting/vineyard exploring outfit.”

What a fun look on Linda, I like the two blues together and I can’t imagine this ensemble without the hat!

Photo by G. Keresty.

I don’t own actually own straw hat (gasp!), but when my friend Gwynne snapped these photos on Coney Island last year for “How I Wear My: Summertime Picnic Look” she handed me her own wide-brimmed hat halfway through so I could try out the look. I am keeping my eyes peeled for a hat with a wide brim to keep the sun off my face. Maybe I can pick one up on sale at the end of summer!

I don’t know about you, but I seem to gravitate towards the same pieces for two summers in a row before hitting the refresh button. So that means I am still loving my Banana Republic seersucker jacket I bought last year, as well as a J. Crew palm tree T-shirt I was able to get on sale late last summer. The necklace is also J. Crew, from several seasons ago, and the flag pin is a vintage Avon brooch that my grandmother gave me many years ago that I absolutely love.

A favorite summertime combination for 2015!

I hope you are enjoying both your hat and the season!

As the summer begins to wind down let’s have some fun with tassels! They can run the gamut from light-hearted to glamorous depending on whether you have them dangling from your bag, adorning the front of your shoes, or hanging from a long necklace. Find your favorite tassel and let the styling inspiration begin! Join us in September for “How I Wear My: Tassel” by sending a photo to by August 31, 2015.

Do stop by over at Adrienne’s to see even more wonderful looks featuring straw hats.

And THANK YOU to all the fine foxes who joined us this month. This was one of our biggest turnouts yet!


Dawn Lucy said...

Oh I love this picture of you at Coney Island, Jill! You look amazing and what a great shot! I also love Trina's shot of three generations of beauties in a pool floaty! What a fun HIWM!
Always a pleasure being part of the gang!

Dawn Lucy

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

You look great Jill...I love your picture and there are some great looks here as always!

Anonymous said...

Love the Coney Island picture, you look terrific in the seersucker stripes & hat! Hope you are enjoying your summer.

Thanks so much for including me in this fabulous group (I'm loving all the variety of hats and their looks), I love hats more and more as I get older. I just picked up a couple of floppy wide brim 70's-ish hats for this fall/winter. Thanks again!

Adrienne Shubin said...

What a great turnout this month! Seems everyone loves straw hats and these photos prove it.
So many wonderful looks.
Thank you for another successful How I Wear My! Looking forward to Tassel for September,
xoxo, A

Suzanne Carillo said...

That photo of you at Cony Island looks like it was taken in the early 70's. What a great shot!

Great collection of hats and women. Thanks for putting this together ladies!


Alice Warren said...

Love your outfit and photo and so many great collection of hats!


Stop by for a chance to win up to $75 credit to Jord Watch!

Would love to see you Thursday for TBT Fashion link up.

hostess of the humble bungalow said...

Great group of women wearing their hats and lovely to see how each one has been accessorized.
It's fabulous that you two are so dedicated to keeping this theme of HIWM alive and exciting! I look forward to the next one.

Tamera Beardsley said...

Fantastic post my dear! How absolutely fabulous is the photo of Trina, Torie and Molly Doll! on the pink swan!!

I am shocked that you of all people don't own a straw hat!! You look absolutely gorgeous in your picture! Such a perfect summer capture with the ferris wheel behind you!

I am so excited with the topic for next month! I am already spinning with tassel ideas!!


Trina Grandinetti said...

Jill, I commented earlier but it doesn't look like it came over, so I'll try again. Thank you so very much for the kind words you said about me and my cute girls. We do enjoy our pool days of summer.
I simply can't believe you do not own a straw hat, just look how wonderful you wear it. I think its a must that you go out shopping for one, I do believe you will quite enjoy wearing it. I absolutely love the one's jcrew carry, in fact the pink one I'm wearing comes from there as well. And, I bet most are on sale by now. Thank you again for all your time you put in to making this such a fun get together. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all these gorgeous women and how they wore their straw hats. Plus I must say, Tamera is definitely living that life!

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Lots of wonderful inspiration in these photos! I share your thoughts about Trina's photo! Over the moon, LOVE it!

rosie said...


Thanks your very flattering words. My photo was taken in Southwest Florida & the sun gets really hot there, even in the winter months when I am usually there. So, during the day you can usually find me with wearing big sunglasses & many times with a straw hat on. A must on the beach.

You definitely have what my mom would have called "a face that can wear hats". Your Coney Island photo is just lovely.

Another great post.


Josephine Chicatanyage said...

I very much enjoyed the feature. Thank you for including me. You look great in your straw hat.

Hermesmerized™ the duchessofH said...

Hat's off Ladies, you all look wonderful!

Jill said...

Hi Dawn Lucy, your look was one of my favorites this month. I think it's my new favorite photo of you! xx

Jill said...

Hi Pam, I hope you will join us next month for Tassel! xx

Jill said...

Hi Helen! I loved your look so much. I have a few winter hats, though I never seem to wear those either, but after this post I realize I badly need a summer straw hat of my own! xx

Jill said...

Hi Adrienne, I think this is one of my favorite HIWM posts ever. Everyone looks so good, you included my dear! xx

Jill said...

Hi Suzanne, I really love that floral hatband you made, it is just gorgeous. What a DIY babe you are! xx

Jill said...

Hi Alice, I loved your striped hat! I will make a note in my calendar to join all you babes for your roundup! xx

Jill said...

Hiya Hostess, I hope you will join us for Tassel! xx

Jill said...

Hi Tamera, I fully expect you to join us for Tassel, I know you will contribute something wonderful! I loved both pictures of you this month, they were stunning! xx

Jill said...

Hi Trina! That picture of you with your beautiful daughter and granddaughter makes me smile every time I see it. What a terrific shot. Kudos to the photographer. What an eye he or she has! I'm glad you mentioned J. Crew hats. I just spied one on their site and it is indeed on sale! I think I'm going to go for it! Thank you for the tip my dear! xx

Jill said...

Hi Sue! I just saw Suzanne's post about all the fun you ladies had in Vancouver. Lucky ladies! Hope you will think about joining us again? You have sent us some lovely outfits in the past! I remember them well! xx

Jill said...

Hi Rosie! I was so happy you joined us this month! That photo of you is so glam, I just love it! Thank you so much for the compliment, I think I am going to order a cute straw hat I just spied over at J. Crew and enjoy it while it's still summer. xx

Jill said...

Hi Josephine, it was lovely to have you with us once again. I hope you will think about joining us for Tassel in September! xx

Jill said...

My dear Duchess of H, if you own one of those fabulous Hermes tassels that attaches to a Kelly or Birkin PLEASE JOIN US in September! It would be so fun to include you! Think about it! xx

My Rose Colored Shades said...

Absolutely love your nautical/tropical look! Those little palm trees on your shirt are adorable. And I think the straw hat goes perfectly with your outfit. This month's featured item was a fun one to see on everyone.

Jill said...

Hi Cynthia, I'm so glad you joined us again this month. You look as gorgeous as ever in your photo! xx

Glenda said...

Jill you look great in hats. It's official, you have a hat head :)
Such a fun post. I love seeing everyone's take on an accessory.

Jill said...

Hi Glenda, you are too funny saying I have a hat head. I think I tend to shy away from them because I think I have a small head and they make my face look thinner than it already is. But I am going to go for it with a J. Crew hat that has a wide brim. Maybe it will change my mind! I LOVED your look and was so happy you joined us once again. You always send us the most beautiful shots! xx