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Fashionable Girl's Guide: How to bring the hat back

By BY ALLISON MAREK
July 16, 2014 at 2:16 a.m.

Fashion guru, Allison Marek suggests floppy hats for summer.

I should have been born in the 1920s.

Or maybe I should have been born British. Perhaps I was both in a former life.

Why? Because I love wearing hats. I honestly have no idea when my love of hats began. It probably dates back to my high school days when I spent endless Friday nights standing in the bleachers wearing a red and white Spanish matador hat complete with matching "dingle balls" as my father called them. If you were in high school in the '80s or '90s, you know which hat I am referring to.

Now, when I think of hats, I am not talking about the "my hair is too greasy for public viewing" standard baseball cap. Nor am I speaking about the dreaded trucker cap, which by the way is as much a fashion tragedy as Crocs.

I am often perplexed that anyone, man or woman, would think a trucker cap actually looks good. They don't, and they never will. Period.

I am referring to hats like bowlers and flappers and fedoras and panamas and on and on and on.

I love going to estate sales and stumbling onto a vintage pillbox or pageboy cap.

I will greedily scoop it up and guard it with my life while I impatiently wait for my mother to finish perusing.

I actually do believe that hats are one of fashion's most underutilized accessories.

Why they are not more accepted in everyday American life is beyond me.

Think about it; almost everyone looks good in a hat.

They hide a bad hair day and the unsightly zit growing on your forehead. I would wear one all the time if I could get away with it.

Just once, I would love to walk into the courtroom wearing a beautiful heather grey fedora with my favorite grey suit. I have to assume this would cause more ruckus than it would be worth.

One of my favorite hats I own is a wide brim, white, straw, floppy sun hat that my husband bought me on our honeymoon in Cabo San Lucas.

Not only does it bring back some great memories, but it's so flexible that I can literally wad it into a ball, shove it into my suitcase and take it on any other beach-bound vacation. So, in honor of this much anticipated time of year known as "summer vacation," I went in search of a few summer hats that can be worn by woman, no matter her destination.

The first thing I noticed was that there was a lot of blue going on out there.

I went to Target and Kohl's, and then I cruised the mall.

These three were my favorites, and I found them all at Target. They are versatile and affordable, all being under $15. Obviously, I am a big fan of the floppy sun hat during summer.

They offer great sun protection and always look cute with a bathing suit.

The fedora, on the other hand, is my personal favorite of the three.

I don't know why, but I imagine myself sitting in a little cantina somewhere overlooking pure white sand and water so clear you can see the angel fish swirling below the surface.

The woven straw gives it a laid-back, summery vibe, and the ribbon tied into a bow makes it distinctly feminine.

So whether you are headed to beach for a family vacation or just Sunday brunch with your girlfriends, don't forget summer's perfect accessory.

Allison Marek is an attorney by day, shopping and sale fanatic by night. You can reach her at allison.marek@yahoo.com or at fashionablegirlsguide.com

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