Thoughts By Natalie

My Favorite Hat

IMG_0174Although I’ve definitely dabbled in a variety of hats over the years, the Mesa Hat from Madewell is the one that really sold me on truly being a “hat person.” It’s bold, for sure, but now that I’ve accepted the attention that comes from wearing a hat, I really love the way it rounds out an outfit and instantly makes you look like you know what you’re doing.

Though it was out of stock for the winter months, it’s officially back in stock so I thought I’d share a few ways I’ve styled it over the past year to inspire you to have the courage to take the leap and get it for yourself if it’s one you’ve had your eye on…

Cropped Tee + High Waisted Shorts

I love the way this hat takes an otherwise basic outfit and elevates it to something much more interesting. I originally hadn’t planned to wear the hat, but once I put it on I knew it was a perfect match. (original post)

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Tank, Skinnies + Ankle Boots

Once again, a few classic pieces—a simple black tank, perfect skinny jeans and ankle boots—become a chic outfit with just one defining accessory. (original post)

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Romper + Lace-Up Flats

Since they’re only one piece, sometimes rompers can feel a little too simple. Accessories are key to adding some interest and detail, and I love the way this hat does that! Plus, the outfit looks totally different without the hat, so I feel like I can wear the romper even more often. (original post)


Striped Swing Dress

My favorite way to wear my hat! It really feels like it was made to be worn with this dress. This outfit is basically the epitome of summer style. (original post)

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Mesa Hat


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  • Melissa
    June 1, 2016 at 9:20 am

    What are your thoughts on hat etiquette? For example when dining, in someone’s home, etc? I enjoy wearing hats but I am always nervous about having to remove it at some point and my hair looking less than stellar.

    • Natalie Borton
      June 1, 2016 at 2:00 pm

      I personally only wear a hat when I know I can keep it on the whole time! For example, if it was a casual or big group get together at someone’s house, I’d be okay wearing a hat. But dinner at a restaurant or at someone’s house feels not okay to me.

      • Melissa
        June 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm

        I completely agree!