The sunshine and warmth of springtime just seem to beckon to those who enjoy including hats in their wardrobes, especially after the cold and dreary days of winter. What better way to respond to that invitation than to get out and enjoy the best of what spring has to offer. Of course, this includes spring fashions. Filled with vibrant color, striking patterns and — perhaps more than any other season — nature-themed ornamentation, spring fashions provoke have a light-hearted exuberance unmatched by fashions of any other time of year.
Nowhere is this more evident than in hats for spring. First, there are the colors of spring. From soft shades of yellow, pink and blue to bolder shades of purple, gold and even orange, along with a variety of neutral and natural tones, the myriad hues of spring hats are a harbinger of things to come in summer hats.
Then there are the styles. Take spring hats for men, for example. With lighter-weight materials leading the way, Panama hats and fedoras devised of straw or raffia are front and center while cotton and even linen styles in golf and boating hats are popular spring selections as well. Meanwhile, women also have a wide variety of spring options at their disposal, from pretty cloche hats to wide-brim hats adorned with ribbons and spring flowers.
To put all of this in perspective, several spring events provide perfect backdrops for spring hats. Even better, these hats enhance the joy of the events.
Hats for Sporting ActivitiesSpringtime and sporting events just seem to go together. From boating to any number of spring events, both athletes and sports aficionados have something to cheer about at this time of year. Naturally, these outdoor events call for hats as well — hats that offer respite from the sun, cool in the heat, and shelter from the wind.
Hats for boating, for instance, serve a dual purpose. Whether it is the traditional cotton sea captain’s caps and fisherman’s caps or relaxed and playful bucket hats, they provide shade from the sun’s intensity while sailing in the heat of the day and offer a bit of warmth during a cool breeze on an evening sail. Similarly, when playing a round of golf, the casual comfort of flat caps, in tweed for chilly spring days and cotton for warmer days, make them favorites.
Hats for Spring WeddingsWith the moderate temperatures of spring making it a popular time for garden weddings, these gala occasions broaden the range of appropriate hats simply because the festivities are held outdoors. Panama hats, for example, dapper straw designs expressly made for warm weather and beautifully coordinated with dress attire, are a great selection for men, partnered with a tailored suit and tie. Alternatively, fedoras are an urbane choice that creates an equally suave look, coupled with the same fashions.
Meanwhile, wide-brim hats are picture-perfect for women attending a spring wedding. In the elegance of a garden setting, the width of the brim is a face-flattering way to remain cool while the embellishments of flowers, fruit or ribbons add a charming touch to the overall look of the hat paired with a flowing dress or sleek suit.
Hats for Springtime Family GatheringsAn easy, breezy casualness makes the hats worn to family gatherings in the spring pure fun. From family reunions and birthday bashes to backyard barbecues and holiday picnics, wonderfully cocky hats are major contributors to the joie de vivre that fashions for these family get-togethers represent. The simple design of bucket hats, for instance, in solid colors, vivid stripes or avant-garde patterns offers both comfort and attractiveness whether someone is enjoying an outdoor meal, playing a sport or just taking a walk with family members.
What’s more, spring hats like these are equally appealing for a woman as for a man as they complement both with aplomb. Transcending fashion constraints that often dictate what accessories may be worn by whom, family celebrations offer the opportunity to try a jaunty new style in a relaxed environment.
From glorious colors to cutting-edge styles, spring hats make a dynamic seasonal fashion statement for the stylish man and chic woman alike.