The It Bag Is Out, The It Hat Is In

By Minji

  • Investing in a stylish hat will boost your mood and look, and help you develop a daily hat habit that’s key for healthy skin
  • Find one that fits well and is comfortable and keep it next to the door
  • Preferably one with a 3-inch brim that goes all around your face

I’ve never been into hats before.  It’s really hard to understand hat sizes and find the perfect one without trying a bunch on.  Also, who has money for hats where there are so many cute shoes and bags to buy?  For these reasons, I’ve historically only owned one relatively ugly hat, serving a purely utilitarian function - i.e., to protect me from harsh rays on vacation, a beach day or a hike – so special events with extra sun exposure.  However, it only took one perfect-fitting stylish hat to turn this upside down and convert me into a daily hat person. 

These days, I won’t step out of the house unless I have a hat in tow.  I keep at least three hats on my shoe cabinet and grab one before I leave the house.  Even it’s to take Moo out for a quick pee break, I wear a hat.  Daily life under a hat is so much better than life with no shade.  I want to convince you to ditch all ugly hats you might currently own and to invest in a few beautiful hats.  I want you to think of hats like nice shoes instead of an umbrella, and become a daily hat person like me. 

You will feel different with a stylish hat that elevates your overall look versus one you are wearing purely for its utilitarian function – like you feel different in a beautiful dress versus running out in sweats.  This mood boost will motivate you to grab for that hat every time and cultivate a daily hat habit.  Also, it can be the perfect accessory, especially on those casual days where you don’t feel like putting on a full face of makeup.  If you pair one with a cool pair of sunglasses, you could be mistaken for an incognito movie star, even on your grungiest of days.  Most people look good in hats (provided they put in the effort to find the right one) and accessories can really make or break an outfit.  A hat on your head is one of the most noticeable things you could wear.  If you think about it this way, it makes sense to invest in a stylish hat over shoes or a bag.

When it comes to protecting yourself from the sun, upping your defenses with a hat is key.  Preferably one that’s wide-brimmed (3 inches or more) that goes all the way around so it gets your ears and back of the neck too.  Stick with tightly woven fabrics, even better if it has UPF 50+ (UPF stands for Ultraviolet Protection Factor and indicates what fraction of the sun’s ultraviolet rays can penetrate the fabric). 

Try enough on to make sure it’s not itchy and fits comfortably.  The key is daily wear so don’t buy one you won’t want to wear every day.  If you’re worried about hat head, don’t buy one that’s too snug.  Wearing one that won’t blow off but has enough room to give your hair some breathing room helps.  Another tip is to carry a hair tie with you.  If the hat hair is bad, throw your hair into a quick pony tail.

Invest in a perfect-fitting stylish hat that helps you cultivate a daily hat habit and see how this changes your skin for the better.  The days of the “it” bag are over and the era of the "it” hat has come!  Make sure you join our newsletter so you never miss a skincare tip and other exclusive content - be in the know and spark a glow!