An Essential Accessory: The Black Hat

You know that moment when your outfit is just missing something? Like it’s cute and trendy and flattering, but it just needs a little something more?

A black hat is the answer.

I am a firm supporter in the many styles of the trendy, black hat. From a massive, floppy sunhat, to a bowler, to a panama hat, to flat-top boater hat and everything in between. Any of these hats can bring an outfit from yeah to YES! And the best part is – if you know where to shop- you can get these essential accessories for bargain prices!

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This black, felt, flat-top boater hat I stumbled upon once whilst on a shopping excursion ➳ at Forever 21➳ would make any outfit trendier! Unfortunately, as I was (and am) a sad, broke student at the time, I did not purchase this steal (it was only around $10-12)

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This felt, floppy, black hat is one of my all time favorites. I can find ways to wear (and overwear) this beauty with just about anything. From a concert look (that I am sporting on the top left) to jazzing up an everyday look, with a simple, graphic shirt (as shown in my selfie on the top right) I find a way to pair this hat with various looks. This hat can dress a look up or just be the cherry on top. Also, this hat only cost me about $7 ➳ I found it on eBay by typing in “black floppy hat” and paid $5 for the hat & $2 for shipping! It’s definitely one of the best “investment pieces” I’ve ever purchased.

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The use I’ve gotten out of this hat is amazing ➳ as you can see, I use it to accessorize my day-to-day quite often!

The versatility you get with a stylish, black hat is definitely worth while. As it’s black, it truly goes with just about anything and can make just about anything you wear have just a bit more pizzazz!  Also, the classic, black hat trend is one that has been going strong and continues to be featured by numerous top brands ➳ Urban Outfitters, American Apparel, Topshop➳ and can also be found for extremely reasonable prices! When bargain hunting, the best places to look for these must-have hats at include Forever 21, H&M, and various internet markets ➳ eBay, Amazon, etc.

So if the hat fits, wear it.

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Blended Looks: Feminine & Edgy

One of my all time favorite things to do to make my outfits a bit more interesting is to incorporate pieces that you might not typically pair together. I go about this by taking a look that would otherwise be extremely feminine and adding something a bit more /edgy/ * I think it adds a really interesting juxtaposition to any outfit!

*for future reference, the /slashes/ mean I am being kind of sarcastic

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For instance, I took a very girly look  ➳high collar, colorful, floral, flowy dress (H&M)➳ and paired it with rather masculine shoes  ➳black combat boots➳ and a bold bag ➳black, leather purse (F21)➳ making a feminine, slightly conservative dress (high collar, but at the same time very short) a bit more edgy

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Another feminine, classic-preppy styled dress ➳black, high collar, short hem, classic plaid (H&M)➳ paired with edgy pieces ➳BA, black leather jacket & black combats➳ to change the look from something you’d expect a member of Gossip Girl to be wearing to something with a bit more /teen angst/

The best part about this blended look is that it’s incredibly easy: you just have to mix and match your girly pieces with more bold accessories! And then you will have achieved far more trendy, fashion-forward look

So let yourself be a lady (who’s slightly hardcore)

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