Style Tip 2
Why wear one, when you can wear two!
The winter snows may have finally gone but the big question for most women with hair loss will be - how do I keep my head warm? So here’s an interesting idea – why wear one hat when you can wear two? Not as daft as it sounds providing you look at the combined ‘bulkiness’ of both hats. If you’ve got a warm winter felt or similar weight hat, it is likely you will overheat keeping it on indoors. So what if you’re out and about going to appointments or meeting a friend for coffee? You’ve got to get to the venue keeping warm, but then most likely will want to take it off once you’re there. A simple idea would be to wear a lightweight jersey hat underneath. This can act as a liner with the first hat but should look good enough to wear on its own.
So ideas on what to wear underneath – Kimmy and Jenny are simple jersey styles. Both styles wrap folds of jersey round the head, adding soft volume but not too much bulk, for a snug fitting style worn close to the head. Our model also shows it worn with a long tying silk headband scarf, to allow you to ring the changes and ‘dress’ it up for the evening.
Kimmy – black, worn
Kimmy - grape
Jenny – gun metal grey
For chic ‘outer’ winter styles that are good for women experiencing hair loss – small brimmed styles like bucket hats provide cover at the nape of the neck, but won’t irritate! Cloche styles can look very ‘House of Elliot’ and soft fabric caps cut low at the nape of the neck can provide slightly more unusual hair loss headwear solutions.
Looking ahead to spring there is also the ‘in-between’ weight of hat that carries you forward through February and March. Our new style Heather, with its jersey trim is super snug over the ears and comes without the ‘irritation’ of knitwear, as the style is lined with soft viscose jersey. It also ‘looks right’ with winter knits and jackets, with just the right amount of ‘chunkiness’ to fit in with a winter wardrobe. But with spring around the corner these styles will not look as heavy as boiled wool hats in late February/March.
Whatever you decide hats can certainly finish an outfit. Take a look at not only the colour but the style of your favourite winter coat or jacket and try to find a hat that matches ‘the look’. For example if you’re bang on trend and have invested in a military style coat or jacket, berets can look ‘funky’ and definitely not ‘chemo wear’. If you think of yourself as a ‘mature fashionista’ they can be softer and easier to wear than the close fitting Beanie style. If you go down the beanie route choose chunky knits and/or with texture in the knit – a flecked knit fibre or a cable knit pattern. This will give the impression of volume around your head and distract from a defined head shape underneath. ‘Buffs™’ can be useful in this scenario as the ‘under hat’ but choose fabric patterns and colours wisely. This tubular section of fabric is close fitting on the head, so the whole effect can be transformed with texture and colour.
For ladies new to wearing hats always start by considering your wardrobe and what type of dresser you are. If you spend most of your days in jeans then casual styles are probably going to be a better ‘fit’ – soft jersey hats, knitwear beanies/berets, caps and scarves. If you’re returning to work and spending your time in work separates, smarter styles will convey an air of calm sartorial elegance! – turbans, silk scarves, patterned scarves, fabric trimmed hats
Another whirlwind tour of hat styles will be available online in February. Nicky