31 January 2014 by

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

Click Through Our Gallery of The Best Wide-Brim Hats

Borsalino, £240

[a target="_blank" href="http://shop.borsalino.com/en/womans-collection/autumwinter/felt-hats/250429.html">Borsalino[/a]

Wide Brim Felt Fedora Hat, Asos, £25

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Wide-Brim-Felt-Fedora-Hat/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3656477&cid=4174&Rf997=4080&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=9999&sort=-1&clr=Black&utm_source=Affiliate&utm_medium=LinkShare&utm_content=UKNetwork.3656477&utm_campaign=0RpXOIXA500&cvosrc=Affiliate.LinkShare.0RpXOIXA500&link=15&promo=288614&source=linkshare&MID=35718&affid=2134&WT.tsrc=Affiliate&siteID=0RpXOIXA500-3iqpKWGu2iB4XKUVh6Qy3g">ASOS [/a]


Emmanuelle Wide-Brimmed Fedora, Eugenia Kim, £375

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20https:/www.net-a-porter.com/product/364912">Net-a-Porter[/a]

Catarzi Exclusive to ASOS Classic Fedora in Khaki £35.00

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.asos.com/Catarzi/Catarzi-Exclusive-to-ASOS-Classic-Fedora-in-Khaki/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3873771&cid=4174&Rf997=4080&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Darkgreenmarl">Asos[/a]

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

[a target="_blank" href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/364913">Net-a-Porter[/a]

Wool-Felt Fedora, Hat Attack, £75.00

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.mytheresa.com/en-gb/wool-felt-fedora.html">Hat Attack[/a]

Wool-Felt Fedora, Karl Lagerfeld, £145

[a target="_blank" href="https://www.net-a-porter.com/product/411337">Net-a-Porter[/a]

La Redoute, £35

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.laredoute.co.uk/wide-brimmed-felt-hat-with-ribbon-trim/prod-324470964-210014.aspx?omniturecode=02AFF0964LARAFFIBLNK&utm_source=Affiliate%2BWindow&utm_medium=Affiliates&utm_campaign=79682">La Redoute[/a]

Straw Beach Hat, Gucci, £260

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/product/174676">Matches Fashion[/a]

Virginie Fedora, Maison Michel, £305

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.matchesfashion.com/product/181310">Matches Fashion[/a]

Beige Fedora Hat, River Island, £22

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.riverisland.com/women/accessories/hats/Beige-fedora-hat-649913">River Island[/a]

Alice Felt Hat, Maison Michel, £310.00

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/Shop-Accessories/Hats-gloves/New-Alice-felt-hat_238-3003125-TL0092/?previewAttribute=Black+%2F+burg+%26+cream">Selfridges[/a]

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

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.marksandspencer.com/Collection-Wide-Brim-Contrast-Panama/dp/B00323N1WG?ie=UTF8&ref=sr_1_32&nodeId=3147181031&sr=1-32&qid=1391169749">M&S[/a]

Grosgrain-Trim Felt Hat, Paul Smith, £90

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/Shop-Accessories/Hats-gloves/Grosgrain-trim-felt-hat_172-86057480-WKXA293BH198/?previewAttribute=Navy">Selfridges[/a]

Grey Kumo Kori Felt Hat, Mühlbauer, £220

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20Grey%20Kumo%20Kori%20Felt%20Hat,%20£220http:/www.liberty.co.uk/fcp/product/Liberty/Grey-Kumo-Kori-Felt-Hat/94555">Liberty[/a]

Classic Panama hHat, Sensi Studio, £108

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20%20http:/www.matchesfashion.com/product/180628">Matches Fashion[/a]

Swirl Top Hat, Topshop, £25.00

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/bags-accessories-1702216/hats-463/swirl-top-hat-2558379?bi=1&ps=20">Topshop[/a]

Fedora Felt Hat, Whistles £55.00

[a target="_blank" href="/weblogEntries/%20http:/www.whistles.co.uk/fcp/categorylist/dept/accessories-hats-and-gloves?resetFilters=true#product=903000061407">Whistles[/a]

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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