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...