For some-like Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing a hat is practically a job requirement. For the rest of us, hats serve more of a functional roll such as heat retention on chilly winter days or covering up a disastrously bad hair day. But what if you have to go from the cold subway to a business meeting? Here are three ways to pull it off:
Knit wit: If your hair is voluminous, go for a knit cap (plus a scarf) that will keep you warm, but won’t smash your hair down flat onto your head. Once you’re at the office, fluff your hair back up with a volumizing hair spray. And consider a style like Princess Kate’s: smooth at the crown with full waves at the bottom (think: 1940s glamour girls Jane Russell or Lauren Bacall).
Get straight: If you opt for a wool hat, like a fedora, choose one that doesn’t fit too tightly (I shop in the men’s section for slightly larger hats: There are always lots of small sizes available). When styling your hair, part it in the center and wear it straight and sleek so it won’t look too altered once you remove your hat.
Pony up: You can always pull your hair into a low ponytail or a side braid to keep your hair neat with the hat on or off. Pack a pomade or styling cream in your bag to get flyaways back under control once you’re indoors.
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