Pharrell Williams Has Got Us Wearing Wide-Brim Hats - Here Are Our Faves

31 January 2014 by

Click Through Our Gallery of The Best Wide-Brim Hats

Borsalino, £240

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Wide Brim Felt Fedora Hat, Asos, £25

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Emmanuelle Wide-Brimmed Fedora, Eugenia Kim, £375

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Catarzi Exclusive to ASOS Classic Fedora in Khaki £35.00

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Blake Feather-Trimmed Felt Hat, Eugenia Kim, £315

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Wool-Felt Fedora, Hat Attack, £75.00

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Wool-Felt Fedora, Karl Lagerfeld, £145

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La Redoute, £35

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Straw Beach Hat, Gucci, £260

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Virginie Fedora, Maison Michel, £305

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Beige Fedora Hat, River Island, £22

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Alice Felt Hat, Maison Michel, £310.00

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Wide Brim Contrast Band Panama Hat, M&S Collection, £49.50

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Grosgrain-Trim Felt Hat, Paul Smith, £90

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Grey Kumo Kori Felt Hat, Mühlbauer, £220

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Classic Panama hHat, Sensi Studio, £108

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Swirl Top Hat, Topshop, £25.00

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Fedora Felt Hat, Whistles £55.00

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Brimming with style: Pharell Williams, Madonna and Jessica Alba [Getty]

The most Googled words this week have been WIDE. BRIM. HATS. And we blame Mr Fashion himself, Pharrell Williams...

The multi-talented musician's oversized Mountain Ranger style was the talk of the Grammys red carpet. Madonna was also working some red carpet millinery - joining Pharrell in the headgear hall of fame that same night with her more severe Quaker ensemble. The key to Mr Williams' success is the nonchalant styling: he takes an eccentric hat and plays it down with his nubbly grandad cardi, a tee and layered boho chains (Chanel, of course) whilst his pimping sheepskin collared coat keeps the quirky/cool balance.

The original Material Girl's look teaches us how to do chic sombre dressing with a tad of costumification - not sure we'll be trying this one to the office on Monday but Queen Madge can pull it off, especially when brandishing a sort-of dangerous looking cane. Jessica Alba, the third of our trilby triptych, offers a lesson in downplaying the wide-brim. With a silky tee, loose cardi (again, sensing a secondary trend here...), piled-up gold rings and an uber functional black handbag (Zadig & Voltaire, FYI) this oft OTT hat looks totally laid-back and cool.

So here's our break-down of how to do the wide-brim (with some whys thrown in too)...

1. Wool and felt are THE fabric - you want the hat to have a bit of weight (it looks more expensive too)

2. A bit of crumple is a good thing (see Pharrell for details)

3. Dark shades and neutrals will keep it cool

4. A bright brim or grosgrain ribbon will add instant sass on a boring outfit day

5. When dressing in the morning, summon your inner LA boho self, keep everything slouched and layered

6. They're the best way out of a bad hair day

Check out our gallery below for more inspiration...


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