On the 2010 MTV VMAs red carpet, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Rihanna stood out from the crowd. Katy's rainbow highlights and Russell Brand nail art had us begging for a closer look, and Rihanna's fiery red hair really popped on the stage. Be sure to check out our top picks for the most outrageous styles.
Flip this heavy polished aluminum bowler hat on its head and it becomes something much more useful than decorative headwear. Can you guess what type of product it is? I'll give you a hint: it's a must for any New Year's Eve party.
If you ever find yourself with an excess of hats and lampshades, and shortage of hat stands and lamp bases, you've got an easy-peasy hat stand in the making. I usually store my knitted hats folded and stacked on a shelf in my closet, but as for my woven hats, I prefer to store them with a little structure so they don't get bent out of shape. Unfortunately though, they don't make hat stands like they used to; hat stands and coat trees these days are one and the same. So I was pretty pleased when I was struck with some sort of divine revelation and realized the small spare lampshades I have lying around can be used as hat stands! It couldn't be easier: just set one on top of the other and you're done! Clever, eh?
Hats can be a great fashion statement, and keeping your hairstyle fresh is easier than you think. Hat hair is caused by the shape and weight of the hat, humidity from your hair, and friction between your hair and the hat. Luckily, there are ways around all these problems. For my hat hair prevention tips, read more.
'Tis the season to hit the slopes. Yee haw! But if you're not well prepared, a day on the mountain can be pretty miserable. I have found that if my toes and my ears are warm, I am a happy skier. This is why I was stoked to test some gear a few cold weather gear companies sent my way.
I skied recently on a couple of seriously snowy windy days up in the Lake Tahoe area and was amazed that my toes stayed warm with the Women's Ski Light ($21) by Teko. This is the greenest sock around, made of merino wool in factories powered by wind. It is the perfect combination of thickness and wicking, with a little extra shin padding for your tight boots. This sock is thin, so you can keep your boots tight, but it manages to perfectly insulate your toes from the elements. Though the socks do stretch out a bit easily, I think they will hold up well as long as they don't get thrown in the drier.
As for my head, it was completely covered with the Alpine Hat ($28) by Outdoor Research, made of windproof fleece. This hat is cut to cover your ears, which is essential for the lift time on windy days. The hat fit perfectly under my ski helmet, for it is thin yet warm. My head stayed quite toasty when I went sledding sans helmet too. What this hat might lack in cuteness, it makes up for with practicality and warmth.
Have you hit the slopes yet this season?
Hats are a great accessory for hiding your hair when you just don't feel like fussing. I typically throw my hair into a low ponytail or secure it in the back with a loose braid, especially if it's day-old, since it holds better. Some girls wear hats with their hair down just because they think it looks cute, even after they've spent time styling it. I'm curious: When you put on a hat, how do you usually wear your hair?
Don't have the spare cash to invest in the Fall 08 hat/head piece craze? Don't worry, we're aware there's a recession coming on (or else you could definitiely drop thousands on a feather mohawk). If you haven't the energy to hit up the markets or vintage store's, Etsy's a gold mine. Remember: if it lends itself at all to 'crafty' you can find it on Etsy. Here's one hat that references the Fall 08 collections by Marc Jacobs (feathers), Monique Lhuillier (flappers) and James Coviello (hats) in one fell swoop. This classy piece of millinery is very inexpensive and we're pretty sure, if you tell people it's couture they won't blink an eye. Oh, fashion, you walk such a thin line!
Winter sports are great, but if you're cold, they can be miserable. Since you lose body heat from the neck up, a hat is a must, and a fleece neck gator is a nice extra. So why not combine the two? That's just what this Seirus Innovation Arctic Silk Clava Hat ($29.99) has done. It's got a warm microfleece neck gator sewn into the back of a fleece-lined wool hat. That means the back of your neck, ears, cheeks, and nose will stay warm when it's really chilly out. If you get hot, you can pull the hat back and just wear the neck part, and you won't have to worry about losing your hat while speeding down the mountain. Or if your neck is heating up, you can tuck the neck gator up into the hat and wear it as a regular hat. Don't you just love multi-functioning gear?