The personality required to wear a hat

Long-time readers of BusiChic will know that I have an affection for hats. I find them charming and have often blogged about how I’d like to see more of them during the commute to and from work. But there is a but.

At the risk of sounding harsh, I’d like to share my observation that not everyone can pull off wearing a hat. For all the guides on how to choose one to suit one’s face, sometimes they still look naff or worse; like the wearer is trying too hard. Have you seen instances of this? What a conundrum!

So what is a BusiChic to do? I’d advise taking inspiration from today’s Contemporary Business Wear woman, Michelle:

Michelle wears:
Skirt – Sportscraft
Black Jacket – Satch
Shirt – SABA
Hat – Trent Nathan

Since she’s carrying a coffee, it made sense to ask Michelle for her recommendation for coffee in the city:

For a cute place to have coffee and really lovely pastries, I would say LK (stands for Little King) (the little café in the St Pats. cloister on Flinders Lane). The two girls that run the café are really lovely, and the café is warm and friendly.

And because I liked her ensemble so, I asked Michelle to recommend a Melbourne designer also:

For a great little clothing place, a store called Nevenka (12 Howie Place). It is owned by a friend of one of my colleagues.

Great call, Michelle – I blogged about Nevenka here!

The thing that grabbed me about Michelle’s hatted ensemble was how much the nicely-angled-but-still-classic hat seems to showcase a great personality. I only spoke to Michelle briefly but she was lovely. So perhaps the real key to wearing a hat successfully is, have the great personality to make the hat work.

Do agree?

My other tips for choosing a hat to wear to work:

  • Keep the style economic but stylish. This means no full-feathered-fancies – c’mon, you’re at work!
  • Invest in the best materials that you can get as they’ll look better for longer  and make sure that your hat is in good condition – avoid the threadbare or floppy.
  • Please make sure the hat suits the rest of your work ensemble. No clashing please.

And once you reach the office, take off and store your hat such that it does not get in the way of your workspace.

Gents, if you are looking for a hat, in Melbourne I can recommend Smart Alec who also takes online orders. Ladies – well I usually buy vintage but would appreciate any recs if you are happy to share? Thanks!


  1. I love wearing hats and have quite a few vintage and new. If you want new hats try the Bendigo hat shop it has the most amazing hats last time I went with two friends I walked out with three and they (non-Hat wearers) each walked out with one. There is also carlise accessories more mens hats than womens but the ones they have are nice, finally there are about three shops in the Caulfield part of Glenhuntly road (sorry don’t know the names) near Elstenwick station as a lot of women in the area wear them to temple

  2. I have officially realised that the only kind of hat I can wear in winter are beanies because they cover my ears. I bought a cloche hat last month (similar to this BusiChic!) but I simply can’t bring myself to wear it out in the biting cold…

  3. As Candice from SuperKawaiiMama has said, the hair really needs to fit the hat too! I just love vintage hats but haven’t figured out how to style my hair yet, let alone adding a hat to the mix. And then wearing one to work!? Wow – yeh that would take balls. Hehe 😉

  4. I love her hat, and her shirt poking out from under her cropped jacket 🙂

    Completely agree with the personality required to wear a hat – I only own one hat and it is not worn very often as I feel I just can’t pull off hats!

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