The Top 3 Fashion Hats of Spring 2011

Check out any spring accessories report and you will be lucky to find a hat mentioned because shoes, handbags and jewelry take the spotlight. For spring 2011 three styles of hat, that are not often worn during springtime, are making fashion enthusiasts take notice. We have the New York, Milan and Paris fashion markets to thank for these spring fashion hat trends for men and women.

The Bowler is the ‘It’ Hat for Both Men and Women for Spring 2011

The bowler hat, long associated with the London mobster look, has made an unusually fashionable appearance for spring 2011. This classic style of hat typically shows up strong for fall; however, thanks to Ralph Lauren and John Galliano this hat is fashionable for both men and women in spring 2011.

John Galliano used the bowler hat as a part of his homage to silent film, specifically Charlie Chaplin and the film Modern Times for his spring 2011 menswear collection. For womenswear spring 2011, Ralph Lauren paired the bowler with a style trend many did not see coming – the western look. The perfect pairing of the bowler with the western look was the modern gunslinger ensemble worn by model Daria Strokous.

Best Looks: For both men and women bowler hats add a sense of edge and sometimes a hint of danger to the sharp, tailored suit. If you have a black pinstripe suit, you can’t go wrong with the classic black bowler.

Paris Jazzes It Up With the Pork Pie for Menswear in Spring 2011

Besides the bowler hat, John Galliano also paid highlighted the Pork Pie hat. The fashion hat, which is commonly associated with the jazz and blues music scene, was a favorite of silent film star Buster Keaton. It is not hard to imagine that Buster Keaton was the influence for Galliano using the hat for his collection.

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Besides the standard black, charcoal and white versions of the Pork Pie, this spring be on the look out for pastel shades of the hat. Stylists Laura Watter and Claire Duport made use of the pastel Pork Pie for Wad Magazine. Celebrities such as Jude Law, who has made the Pork Pie a fashion staple of his, will be thrilled to find this hat flooding stores this coming spring 2011.

Best Looks: Pork Pies work really well with casual suits and bow ties for spring 2011 daywear. For night, jazz it up with dark casual suit or suspenders, slacks and a wife beater.

Milan Sets Off the Boho Trend With Floppy Hats for Spring 2011

The Boho, short for bohemian, look was a highlight of the Milan shows. While some designers chose to use the gypsy head scarf to top off the look, Alberta Ferretti opted for the floppy hat. Even Yestadt Millinery got into the action by creating the Sadie and Jura floppy hats for Spring 2011.

Best Look: This look works well with the long airy layers from the spring 2011 boho look. However, floppy hats work just as well for the beach when worn with a bikini top and sarong or a sundress and sandals.

These three hat trends each made waves in Paris, Milan and New York. Women finally get a chance to experiment with fashionable hats for springtime for a change. Unfortunately, guys your wives or girlfriends may be borrowing your bowlers for spring 2011. Look out for when the spring collections hit retailers so you can have first pick of these fashionable hats from spring 2011.