Eat Your Hat: 10 Amazing Straw Hats To Wear This Summer

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img_7581Straw hats! Traditional French, vintage fedora, Marrakech-style wide brim, the boater with extra tall crown and colorful tassels. There are so many styles for your personality, lifestyle and budget! In case if you are still looking for an amazing summer straw hat under $50, here are my treasure finds:

1. I simply adore this black, wide-brim hat with a geometric pattern for only $9.95!

Yoins Simple Summer Beach Straw Floppy Sun Hat


 

2. Channel your inner sailor with this charming nautical-inspired hat for only $26.40!

Betmar Striped Straw Sun Hat


 

3.  Fedora  with braided band and wooden badge will add an effortlessly chic touch to everyday look: 

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Outdoor Research Ixtapa Fedora

 

4. I also like these  chic frayed-edge straw hats from the Evan-Evina online boutique in Australia. They  come in natural and beautiful, burned amber colors.

 

 5. This African treasure for just $30 will certainly spice up your summer outfit! African_straw_hat_made_in_ghana

Straw Sun Hat

6. SONOMA Goods for Life classic fedora features lovely geometric print:

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Sonoma Goods For Life Hat

7. If you are concerned about sun exposure, or you just love ultra-wide brims, check out this stunning  floppy hat from luxurydivas.com:

Tan & White 8" Wide Brim Straw Beach Sun Floppy Hat

8″ Wide Brim Floppy Hat 

 

8. Fun and chic crocheted bucket straw hat is currently on sale for just $20: 

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Chaps Crocheted Bucket Hat

9. Charming straw boater hat will add some edge to any casual summer look.

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Boater Straw Hat

10. This wide brim floppy hat will offer fashionable protection from the sun while its adjustable chin cord  will ensure against loss of your hat in the wind: 

Affordable fashions for men and women

Wide Brim Hat With Chin Cord

What are your treasure finds? Have a fun and safe summer!

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

Summers, particularly in Milwaukee, can be extremely hot and humid. Growing up in dry Western Siberia, I can barely tolerate mugginess. You might think that hot weather sounds nice, but I like the words starting with “c”—  cool, calm and comfy.

I pull this off in a Milwaukee summer by wearing linen.

I confess that there was a time I avoided linen, because I preferred practical and wrinkle-free clothes.  I always believed that wrinkles created a bad impression.

My Italy travels changed my mind. I saw that wrinkled linen looks quite chic, modern and effortless.

I like to wear this Alexander Wang (T Alexander Wang collection) cape during summer festivals and weekend trips to Lake Michigan beaches. It is made of a blend of linen and tencel.  I discovered that the latter is another natural fabric, which is extremely soft. As linen, it keeps the skin dry. It’s particularly wonderful for sensitive skin.  I’ve also discovered that tencel is resistant to wrinkles; therefore, the  blend with linen produces a less wrinkled, and a slightly thicker fabric, which feels very nice.

If you are still scared of wearing a linen garment, here is my advice:

1. Instead of choosing 100% linen garments, go for fabric blends. Make sure that that the other component is made from a natural fiber, as well, or the magic benefits of linen will be significantly lessened.  Look for silk, cotton, tencel, or ramie.

2. Choose monotone fabrics with an emphasis on design. Linen garments that feature a loose fit and haute design look best.

3. Linen garments look best when combined with clothes made of natural fibers, such as cotton, silk, wool, etc. Although denim is rarely made of 100% natural fibers lately, it will go well with a linen garment, as well.

4. Give preference to accessories made from genuine leather, natural fibers and natural materials.

5. Avoid pairing loose linen garments with another loose piece. For instance, if you wear linen harem pants, don’t wear them with baggy T-shirt, otherwise you’ll end up having a loose, trampy look. Not good at all.  Instead, pair them with a  cropped top or slightly tight T-shirt.  Counterbalance loose garments by showing off the best features of your body.

For more info about Alexander Wang, and my perspective on designer click here.

Do you like to wear linen? What is your opinion on the wrinkled look?

Linen-Linen-Linen! How To Choose and Wear a Linen Garment

 Linen Cape By T Alexander Wang