two hats, two ways

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i think there are two kinds of people in this world. the kind that wear hats and the kind that don’t. please don’t take this to mean that one can’t become the other. perhaps like many of you, i was once not a hat person. but then i saw the light and realized that hats prolong the need to wash my hair and voila, a hat person i became. and any lingering insecurity i had over what someone might think of my new-found hat person conversion was slowly eradicated by my own love for wearing them. because at the end of the day, just like with any other fashion trend: if you love what you’re wearing, that confidence will exude. all you have to do is own it!

like me, my friend natalie (of thoughts by nataliewas also once not crazy about chapeaus. but in an effort to cover up crazy postpartum hairs after having her baby, jack, she decided to make her dreams of becoming a hat person come true.  because sometimes overcoming an insecurity is just that simple. you tell yourself you can and you do!

we recently met up at one of our favorite local spots to showcase how we love to style two of our favorite hats. enjoy!


baseball cap









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real talk: i have a HUGE dome. therefore most hats made for women don’t fit me. so when i saw this camel-colored cap in the men’s section at j.crew a few years ago, i humored myself and tried it on. as imagined, it fit perfectly. since then this hat has traveled with me all the way to australia and back (it actually has a bite out of the side of it compliments to an aggressive emu) and covered me (literally) on rogue sunday afternoons while out and about running errands and getting ready for the coming week. in short, there’s nothing quite like the perfect broken-in baseball hat. i love how both nat and i “girlied” up our caps by pairing them with our favorite pair of booties and a long-sleeve cotton dress.

outfit details:

cap | j.crew (similar)
dress | j.crew (similar)
plaid | j.crew factory (similar)
suede booties | sam edelman
ensign necklace | madewell
red lip | bareminerals marvelous moxie lipstick in “risk it all”


felt fedora
















the felt fedora is a lot of hat and it’s a bold look to rock if you’re just dipping your toe into the world of hat-wearing. the great thing about hats like these, however, is the fact that they come at every price point. so if you’re not ready to commit to this particular style and invest in a higher-end brand (rag & bone and madewell make some swoon-worthy investment pieces), places like target and forever 21 make it so you can still be trendy but at a fraction of the cost. as for mine, i’m still in shock that i scored it for under $30 at h&m earlier this fall. its wool fabric makes it feel much more lux than its bargain price tag. and it’s the PERFECT disguise for an otherwise less-than-camera-ready hair day.

outfit details:

felt fedora | h&m
ruffled sweatshirt | j.crew (similar)
high-riser skinny skinny jeans in lunar wash | madewell
d’orsay flats | j.crew factory (similar)
clutch | h&m
floating arrow necklace | madewell
red lip | bareminerals marvelous moxie lipstick in “risk it all”


head on over to thoughts by natalie to see outfit credits and more photos of natalie’s adorable looks. while you’re at it, check out her amazing handmade jewelry line (she’s modeling two of her pieces in the pics above) and follow along her musings via instagram.

  • Aunt Teresa
    December 22, 2015

    I enjoyed this fun post. Hats are fabulous and I think everybody looks great in some sort of hat (a person just needs to find their style) to ‘top’ off their look. BTW – I love your gold bow purse.

    • snadelman
      December 22, 2015

      Agreed! So glad you enjoyed it, we had a blast shooting together!


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