Heads up: the bucket is (still) back.
New York, the first of the “big four” Fashion Week cities and tone-setter for a month of pavement peacocking has begun under drizzly skies – providing a convenient opportunity for a lesson in stylish headwear.
Editors, bloggers, models and those ubiquitous influencers are handling downpours in a hat, scarf or headband - the latter providing minimal coverage but maximum trend points.
Seasonal bucket hats
For some, the Nineties bucket hat evokes memories of hot summer days, muddy music festivals and Liam Gallagher strutting around in a baby blue Kangol at the height of Oasis mania. But last year’s comeback is holding tight through the colder months.
Autumn colours and textures including leather, patent and corduroy are the styles to watch out for.
Some are braver than others…
Whether it’s a Gucci floral square reminiscent of Grace Kelly or a Max Mara black leopard print hijab, headscarves have shown up at big name shows for the past few seasons.
The Fifties favourite - square silk, knotted under the chin - is shedding its musty image on the shoulders of fashion’s most influential hot shots.
Not sure it’s for you? Take a tentative approach, like this street styler:
Tastemaker Mademoiselle Meme is known for flawlessly pairing her trademark printed hijabs with her outfits, a la this animal print scarf with belted, quilted coat:
While necklaces and bracelets feel kind of “over” the headband continues its rise up the accessory food chain. Chunky, oversize, padded and luxurious, these early Nighties signifiers of refinement have had a fierce makeover for the streets.
Blogger Courtney Trop wore hers like a black halo with a Collina Strada tie-dye outfit. Goals.
It’s difficult to foresee a time when the versatile beanie will fall out of favour. It may get swapped out for less humble headgear on occasion but there’s always a place in fashion’s heart for the cool and flattering classic.
Pair it with a check co-cord, like Danielle Bernstein, for a fresh take on tailoring.