How to Stop Being Intimidated by Hats
It takes a certain level of confidence to breeze out of the house in a statement hat, but it’s something that Jovana Djuric, who hand-felts her own fedoras and cloches when she’s not carving out crazy-cool statement earrings and necklaces, is so very comfortable with. “Growing up in Serbia, I always found hats to be deeply mysterious and elegant. For me, they stand for romance, storytelling, and adventure,” she explains. You want in on that? She’s here to help you get your head in the game.
TIP 1: DON’T SHIELD THAT GORGEOUS FACE OF YOURS.
“I don’t believe that hats should be something that hides you from the world. My ideal hat perches perfectly on the head, has a shorter brim, and elongates the face. Don’t let yourself disappear under it.”
Jovana cozying up to a hat block to make one of her own from scratch.
TIP 2: TRY ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
“It’s really easy to buy the wrong hat, isn’t it?! It’s important to pay attention to the size and the shape. One of my favorites is a floppy-brim fedora that’s fully pliable and easily adaptable. With the brim folded up or down, this hat allows for many different attitudes and styles. I also love the mystery of a Bolivian fedora, which has a rounded brim. Inspired by them, I make individually-blocked fortune cookie hats that are meant to be worn perched up and cocked sideways.”
TIP 3: BE CAREFUL WITH THE CROWN.
“Be careful with your hats. Always handle them by the brim, not the crown, so you don’t distort the shape. Always dust them with a soft-bristled brush and store them somewhere clean and dry. They are delicate, so be kind!”
TIP 4: JUST GO FOR IT ALREADY.
“I encourage everyone to let go and explore. Allow yourself to be surprised by how rewarding wearing a hat can be. They are trendy—but also classic. A hat is one accessory that can elevate your entire look and allow you to stand taller.”