How to Style a Straw Hat

This post contains affiliate links.  Also, the necklace and cuff are c/o Lucky Peanut Jewelry, but all opinions are my own, of course.

Straw hats are one of the biggest trends from summer.  They’re everywhere this year.  That said, I had put off purchasing one because I just wasn’t for sure I could wear the trend.  Yes, even fashion bloggers can be insecure about rocking trends sometimes.  But Target had a big sale on their hats last week (20% off + an extra 10% off with Cartwheel), so I took the plunge and bought two!

Sometimes you just have to step out of your comfort-zone.  I ended up loving both hats, including this straw fedora one, once I got them home and played around with them.

My advice is to look for a “Goldilocks” hat–where the circumference of the hat is just right.  If you get one where it’s too big, then the hat will fall in your eyes, and if you get one where it’s too small, the hat will perch awkwardly on top of your head.  Also, play around with how you place the hat on your head.  I find it to be much more flattering when you tilt a hat at a slight angle and down towards your face rather than just plopping it straight on your head. Finally, don’t be afraid to bend and re-shape the brim, just be gentle when yoy do.

There’s several styles of straw hats that are popular right now–fedoras, like the one I have on; floppy hats with wide-brims, and Panama hats (this was the other hat I purchared). I think that a floppy, wide-brimmed hat, however, is an easy way to get in on the trend.

You can rock the straw hat trend with just about any casual or even date night look. Here, I’ve paired it with a fun, simple outfit in bright colors.  Did you notice my shorts pick up the color of the detail on the brim? That detail was what drew me to this particular straw hat in the first place. My shirt, shorts, and earrings are all new arrivals at J. Crew Factory, and they’re all very affordable.  When it comes to shoes, I like to match my shoes to my hat, so I wore my favorite neutral wedges.

Hat: Target
Earrings: J. Crew Factory
Necklace: Lucky Peanut Jewelry (also love this one)
Cuff: Lucky Peanut Jewelry (also love this one)
Bracelet: J. Crew Factory (similar)
Sunglasses: Nordstrom–just $12
Handbag: Coach Outlet
Wedges: Target

And we have to talk for a minute about this new Lucky Peanut Jewelry!  If you’ve been around here for a while, then you KNOW I love Lucky Peanut Jewelry–it’s a locally-based company selling adorable Kentucky-related jewelry.  Much of it, like the necklace, is hand-stamped.  These are just great pieces to add to your jewelry collection, or to gift to another Kentucky lover:) You can save 20% + get free shipping right now with code LOCALKY!

Have you tried out the straw hat trend yet?  If so, what did you find works best for you???

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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