In the realm of everyday wear, hats stand alone as one of the few accessories that can easily be used as a disguise. Shove a pair of dark Prada sunglasses under your ball cap and you are free to inconspicuously roam the streets of your city, to read trashy novels on the subway without risk of judgement (at least not by a person who recognizes you). When it comes to all the other days, a hat can change everything about a look. Not to mention practicality, too—did you know most of your body’s heat escapes through your head? And did you know that a dark-colored sun hat with a tight weave can do more to protect your face than SPF? And were you aware that putting on a hat is scientifically proven to hide a bad hair day? That’s science!!!
Even if you ignore all the other reasons to wear them, the fact of the matter is that hats are fucking cool. This isn’t the 19th century; a single person rocking a hat-as-object is a rarity and worthy of admiration. But there is at least one hat out there for everybody—promise! It’s just a matter of finding the one. Read below for details and click through for inspiration. Next thing you know you’ll be tipping your cap to random strangers.
In an effort to avoid looking like a twee French cartoon, take your classic beret and make it orange, and also make it leather. The bold color does a good job bringing out warm tones in the face, plus, with a swipe of pink blush and freckles, it's an entirely new look altogether.
Susanne wears Glossier Wowder in Light/Medium, Marc Jacobs Beauty Bronzer in 102 Tantric, Glossier Cloud Paint in Dusk, Glossier Boy Brow in Brown plus Kevyn Aucoin Eyebrow Pencil in Brunette, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Volume Mascara in Black, and Ciaté London Liquid Velvet in Oh Honey on lips.
The Bardot (Sort of)
But brand new, and extra weird—in the best way. It's not your mother's straw hat, nor is it Jacquemus. Instead, it's got a unique vibe that's both new and retro, making it somehow even more wearable. Especially with a velvet suit.
Susanne wears Nars Belle De Jour Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.
The Art Piece
If you've ever felt like wearing a beehive on your head, here is your opportunity!
Susasnne wears Dior Rouge Dior Double Rouge in 510 Jungle Beige.
Say what you will but it wouldn't be a hat story if it didn't talk about a cowboy hat. Before you crack open a cold one with the boys (or like, round up the cattle), match your lip color to the thing on top of your head. This is the look.
Susanne wears Glossier Coconut Balm Dotcom on her lips.
The Sk8r Boi
Or at least Stephen Jones' via Marc Jacobs take on such a hat. This one's a deep, plush violet paired with Acne separates. AKA you don't have to skate or be subscribed to Thrasher to wear this guy.
Susanne wears RMS Simply Vanilla Lip Balm.
The Canadian Tuxedo
Anybody can wear a ball cap. Put this one with matching A.P.C. denim and you're a classy, 2017 version of Britney and JT.
Susanne wears Gressa Aux Rouge on lips.
The Tennis Player
Tennis chic! To wear with your pre- OR post-Labor Day whites. Fun and energetic and extremely wearable.
Susanne wears RMS lip shine in Trance.
You might be one of those people who wears a beanie every day during the winter, but it can be hard to find one that fits just right. Not every beanie is as perfect and tiny as this one! Feelin' pretty cozy alongside a red lip and head-to-toe khaki. Creatures of Comfort indeed.
Susanne wears Kosas lipstick in Thrillest.
The Nancy Meyers
Reminiscent of childhood leaf raking and wrap-around porch sitting, the bucket hat could never be left out of a hat roundup. In red it is altogether as sweet and disarming as Jude Law's bespectacled morning-after coffee look in The Holiday. No shame! Bucket hats are cozy, happy, nostalgic and surprisingly chic. The cherry on top.
Susanne Knipper photographed by Tom Newton. Styled by Lilli Millhiser. Makeup by Ingeborg. Hair by Clara Leonard.