Shopping: Hats for spring

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Soon those winter beanies and caps with ear flaps won't be necessary to keep yourself from getting the chills. But this spring, hats may be necessary to keep you in vogue.

Spotted on the runways and on the heads of trendsetters at South by Southwest music festival earlier this month, fedoras and similarly shaped bowlers and Panama hats are all the rage. These small-brimmed, neutral-colored toppers complement most chic outfits, but they look especially dapper when paired with a sleek top and dark skinny jeans for a night out on the town.

The classic fedora and bowler, appropriated from men by fashionistas, beckon to both genders this year, and stores such as Tigertree in the Short North have a good selection of co-ed options.

Whether or not you're considering a fedora, there's one word to keep in mind when buying hats this spring: straw. Both the material and its natural color are infiltrating every corner of the hat world. You can't go wrong with a straw-colored hat in any style, be it a fedora or a bell-shaped cloche. In fact, department stores are already selling out of their tan- and camel-hued selections.

Wide-brimmed hats are no longer just for Derby Day. Floppy straw hats are a fun way to protect your face from the sun, and they'll be the perfect accessory for ComFest. The '70s-inspired designs are ideal for pairing with a flowy dress but can work just as well with a casual top and capris.

Regardless of a hat's shape, you're likely to find ribbon wrapped around it this spring. Make it your own by replacing the stock ribbon with a bright or patterned band.

Now all you have to do is figure out which hats best suit you. Here are a few options you can find around town.

Braided Straw Bow Cloche, $29

Urban Outfitters, Campus

Summer Straw Hat, $34.50

J. Crew at Easton or Polaris

Palermo Natural Straw Hat by Worth & Worth, $156

Jinny, Short North

Toyo Crochet Fedora by Hat Attack, $70

Rowe, Short North

Saxophone Fedora by deLux, $27

Tigertree, Short North

Collection XIIX Bold Stripe Floppy Paper Straw Hat, $38

Nordstrom, Easton Town Center