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It's possible to find hats for absolutely any occasion --- a party, a night on the town, having fun with friends. Hats designed for outdoor activities can keep the head warm or cool. Some hats work for indoors, and sometimes you have to take 'em off, but either way you enter a room with style. Just be sure to get the right hat for your head, and have a couple gal pals look at it from every angle before you buy.
The cloche has a super-sweet, becoming look. It frames the face sort of like a bonnet, covering the nape of the neck to the forehead. It often has a simple, understated band set close to the brim. Soft-textured cloches are made from a variety of materials, including velvet. Bob haircuts look especially good with the cloche, giving you 1920s blast-from-the-past look.
The fedora has a boyish look that's ultra-sexy on women. It has a "film noire" air that Greta Garbo made popular; her famous slouch fedora gave her a distinct and mysterious style.
Berets might have gotten a bad rap, but they've come back, and it's not just mimes who wear them. Lots of women like to wear berets in cool weather. They show off the hair but keep the top of the head warm. Their soft, simple look is a nice alternative to bulky, colorful knits when you want a little more elegance in your style.
Beanie hats are like overgrown berets. Sometimes they're called "mushroom hats," since they puff out around the sides. The crocheted designs are getting increasingly popular for both indoor and outdoor wear. Sometimes they're more decorative than functional, but others really keep in the heat (that mushroom puff can be a great insulator) and will protect you in a winter blizzard.
The newsboy cap is popular with the young crowd, but most give up on it by their mid-twenties, if not sooner. The cap is like a beanie with a small visor, and hipsters have worn it backward for a new(ish) look.
Wide-brimmed hats aren't just for hitting up the beach. Lots of women wear 'em for hanging with pals or walking around town. The design is great for air flow, letting the head and neck stay cool while keeping those pesky UV rays off the face. They can have a stiff of floppy brim. The floppy one sticks outward but has a soft curve that's very alluring. The wider the brim, the more posh the style, especially if the hat has embellishments like lace around the brim.