Hat-iquette 101: 21 Hat and Hair Combos to Try

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Hat-iquette 101: 21 Hat and Hair Combos to Try
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A hat is the perfect accessory to add a little pizzazz to your look. With all the different styles and colors hats come in, there’s one for every occasion. There’s no need to fear the dreaded hat-hair any longer with these simple ways to style your hair. Check out how these celebs got their hat-iquette on.

The Top Hat
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The Top Hat

When you hear the word “top hat,” your mind may conjure up images of a black and white tuxedos and a black canes, but Rosario Dawson proves the top hat can be styled into a more modern look. Dawson pulls her hair back into a simple ponytail, but she leaves some strands of loose hair to soften the look. She also sports some dangly earrings to add a touch of femininity.

A Royal Occasion
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A Royal Occasion

The Duchess of Cambridge continues to demonstrate her chic style, and this look is no exception. Middleton shows us how to sport this wide-brimmed swooping hat by having loose curls and pinning the front sections of her hair back to create a simple and conservative look. To get her look, wear a floppy hat and tilt it at an angle. Keep your hair down, add some soft curls and you’re channeling your inner Duchess.

A Salute to the Beret
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A Salute to the Beret

Carmen Electra gives tribute to the armed forces by wearing a military-inspired black bejeweled beret. Electra’s big curls complement the simple hat by adding more dimensions to the look. Using a two-inch barrel, wrap sections of hair around a curling iron for about two to three seconds. Use some hairspray for hold, but run your fingers through your hair for a more natural, relaxed curls. Position the beret in the direction your hair parts and you’re ready to salute!

The Dashing Beanie
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The Dashing Beanie

This popular hat is a easy to sport if you’re going for a more casual and comfortable look. It’s a cute accessory to wear in the winter when you want something to pair with boots or a coat. Kim Kardashian walks the streets of London looking chic in this beanie, paired with an off-white cardigan and a black skirt. Like her hat, her hair is simply down and relaxed. If you like wearing your hair down, add some layers to give your hair a different shape. Whether your layers are short or long, a beanie can always complement your hair.

The Cozy Beanie
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The Cozy Beanie

Actress Frankie Shaw dons a beanie and tucks most of her hair under the hat, except her bangs. This is a simple way to wear the hat if you don’t really feel like styling your hair. If you don’t have bangs, leave the shortest face-framing layers out for flattering . In the winter, you can wear a nice, thick scarf to complement the beanie and keep you warm since your hair will be up and off your neck.

The Floppy Etro Hat
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The Floppy Etro Hat

Nicole Richie’s dark red, wide-brimmed hat complements her petite figure nicely. This hat can be worn in the summer or fall, but in this instance, Richie sports it during the fall season. Even though there’s not a lot of sun to really have to protect yourself from in the cooler months, this beautiful hat is the icing on the cake to almost any fall-fashion outfit. Richie’s hair is simple and kept down to not avert too much attention away from the hat. Try applying modeling gel and using your hands to scrunch your hair in an upwards motion to add more style.

The Floppy Sun Hat
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The Floppy Sun Hat

Floppy hats are always a fun and chic fashion accessory to pair with your best summer dress. Rachel Zoe sports a floppy hat while spending time with her adorable, GQ-in-training son Skyler. Since the hat pretty much does all the talking, you can leave your hair down and relaxed. Zoe has some soft waves in her hair to give it some texture. After washing and blow-drying, use big rollers to add some volume to your hair. Keep your hair in that position for about a good hour and your hair will have a natural wave that won’t look too defined. If your hair doesn’t come out as wavy as you like, try wrapping sections of your hair around a two-inch barrel to help achieve the look.

Going Gaga for Floppy Hats
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Going Gaga for Floppy Hats

Lady Gaga’s big, floppy hat still couldn't hide her trend-setting fashion presence when she wore this in Melbourne, Australia. Unlike Zoe’s floppy hat, Gaga’s hat droops more in the front, but that doesn’t mean you can hide your hair! Gaga has some very relaxed curls to go with the hat combo, which you can easily pull off as well. Using a curling iron, only wrap your hair midway around the barrel, as opposed to curling all the way to the roots. Hold it there for about three to four seconds before releasing your hair. Run your fingers through the curls, and apply some hairspray to hold it in place.

The Newsboy Cap: Read All About it!
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The Newsboy Cap: Read All About it!

Diane Kruger is no newspaper delivery boy, but she does pay tribute to them with the chic cap that she wore to the Chanel Haute Couture show. These hats tend to give off a conservative vibe, so Kruger paired it with a low side ponytail and a gorgeous hair pin to amp up the glam. Tilt the hat to the side of your head, opposite to side you choose to place your side ponytail. Add some soft curls to keep the essence of the 1920s. You can add a hair pin with your ponytail a la Kruger, or you can sport the look as is.

The Summer Look: A Straw Hat
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The Summer Look: A Straw Hat

Katie Holmes demonstrated that she knows how to make an ordinary hat look fresh when she donned this straw hat to a summer fashion show. Her voluminous hair pairs nicely with this narrow brimmed hat. To keep your curls intact when you’re outside, use a curl defining mousse before styling.

The Panama Hat: Caroline Sieber Edition
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The Panama Hat: Caroline Sieber Edition

Austrian stylist Caroline Sieber works the timeless Panama hat and pairs it with a white tweed dress and nude heels. Like previous slides, you can curl your hair, or like Sieber, you can leave your hair as is and let your hat be the center of attention. Apply a smoothing crème to keep your hair glossy and smooth and to add some texture to your hair.

The Panama Hat: Adrienne Bailon Edition
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The Panama Hat: Adrienne Bailon Edition

Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon escapes the summer heat by donning a Panama hat. Unlike Sieber, Bailon has a more casual outfit that’s fitting for a day at the beach or the pool. To get Bailon’s beach-inspired wavy hair, apply a texturizing serum to protect it from the sun and heat. Then, use your one-inch barrel and start curling. Unlike most of the previous styles, Bailon’s waves are a bit more defined.

Hats Off to Katherine Jenkins
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Hats Off to Katherine Jenkins

Move over Kate Middleton--another celebrity’s getting her hat-iquette on! Singer Jenkins dons this gorgeous silver feathered, wide-brimmed hat at the Ascot race course in England. Her hair is pulled into a clean, low bun with no loose hairs flying about. To get this look, tie your hair into a low bun by twisting your hair in a spiral formation, and finish with a hair tie to keep it in place. Make sure to pin down any loose hairs. Then, place your wide-brimmed hat at an angle pointing downwards. Create smokey eyes, like Jenkins, to give the look some edge.

The Beanie
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The Beanie

Leona Lewis looks cozy sporting this off-white beanie at the Hopefield Animal Sanctuary in England. A beanie is simple to wear and, not to mention, helps keep your ears warm in cold weather. Wearing a beanie will almost always mess your hair up a little once you take it off, but you can reduce the chance of getting hat hair if you apply a texturizing mousse or spray before donning your hat.

Demi Lovato presents: The Classic Fedora
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Demi Lovato presents: The Classic Fedora

Demi Lovato truly knows how to rock a fedora with voluminous, big, wavy curls. Lovato’s overall look makes her edgy and beautiful. To get Lovato’s volume, try applying a root lifting spray after you wash your hair, then blow-dry. Using a two-inch barrel, begin wrapping sections of your hair. Let the curls relax, so the curls become wavy as opposed to defined curls. If you want even more volume, try adding on some extensions. Just be sure the material is made out of human hair and that it's heat resistant.

ZZ Ward presents: The Classic Fedora
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ZZ Ward presents: The Classic Fedora

Singer ZZ Ward strutted down the red carpet donning a fedora the at MTV movie awards. Unlike the previous slide, ZZ Ward pulls her hat forward, as opposed to angling it towards the back of her head, making a bolder statement. Her hair is styled in soft waves to complete the look.

Orange You Glad About Wide-Brimmed Hats?
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Orange You Glad About Wide-Brimmed Hats?

Katherine Kelly wore a wide-brimmed orange hat to the royal wedding of Zara Phillips definitely made a loud statement with its bright color and exaggerated brim. Kelly’s hair is pinned to the side, with relaxed curls. You can pull this style off whether your hair is long or short. Take your hair and place it to whichever side you like. Using a lot of pins and hairspray, pin your hair in place. If your hair is thick, you might want to tie your hair to the side. To finish the look, grab your big floppy hat and place it on top of your head and you’re ready to attend any royal wedding.

The Retro Cloche
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The Retro Cloche

If you feel like this model just stepped onto the set of Downtown Abbey, then this hat is working its charm on you! The cloche hat is back in style and ready to dominate the fashion scene. It’s a more reserved look, so coordinate your earth-toned colored outfits to pull this hat off. Style your hair in a low ponytail or a bun, or ,if you have a short bob, add some curls. It’s a classy hat for a classy, 20th century lady.

The Bowler Hat: Beyonce Edition
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The Bowler Hat: Beyonce Edition

Beyonce’s bowler hat adds some elegance and flair to her look. Unlike how bowler hats used to be worn, Beyonce places the hat towards the back of her head at an angle. This has the effect of allowing the hat to be a somewhat subtle accessory to her voluminous and wavy hair. Beyonce’s also sporting the ombre hairstyle, which is a popular way celebs are coloring their hair this season. If you want to create the ombre hairstyle, choose a shade that’s a couple shades lighter or darker from the base of your hair. You want to create a smooth transition from one color to the other.

The Bowler Hat: Keltie Colleen Edition
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The Bowler Hat: Keltie Colleen Edition

TV personality Keltie Colleen’s take on the bowler hat pays tribute to how the hats were originally worn, proving this hat is a timeless classic. She adds feminine flair to the traditional hat with her relaxed waves. To get this look, curl your hair, but don’t spritz on the hairspray just yet – let the heat from the iron cool off and allow your hair to relax. Use a comb to brush through the curls, and then use the hairspray to keep your hair intact.

A Royal Cowgirl
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A Royal Cowgirl

Who says the Royals can’t also channel their inner Westerner? Kate Middleton proves the cowboy hat is still a must-have fashion accessory. Middleton wears a white hat with a white, sheer button up that adds femininity and elegance to the look. Her hair is slightly curled to keep her signature hairstyle. When wearing a cowboy hat, you can keep your hair down a la Middleton or tie your hair in a low ponytail to balance the look.

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