Take Your Pick From The Hottest Hats This Season | Clozette


Hats, whether they’re fancy or simple, are a great way to accessorise and protect yourself from the sun. Once you get the hang of wearing hats, it can be the focal point of your whole ensemble. So start your hat journey and create a getup that’s not just stylish but also totally your own. Read on to find out the trendiest hats this season and see which of these versatile styles would go best with your look.



The Wide-brimmed Straw hat




Straw hats have become our fave go-to accessory for the whimsical charm it adds to our ensemble. But if you’re looking to feel a bit more sophisticated, opt to wear wide-brimmed ones adorned with a plain black ribbon. Nothing else says chic tropical better than this one. 


Mariner’s cap




Remember Julia Roberts before she got the makeover in Pretty Woman? Yeah, that’s the one. This type of hat is great for stylish urban ladies who need something unique to complete their laid-back ensemble. A mariner’s cap is both cool and pretty at the same time — and yes, just like Julia Roberts in the film, it can be really sexy too. 



The felt fedora




Nothing spells classic better than a felt fedora. This hat is so versatile both men and women can wear it, but it does look extra stylish when worn by a lady. Wearing a fedora just screams alpha female and who doesn't want that confidence boost for the day right? 




The baseball cap




Fancy looking like the girl next door? Wearing a baseball cap can give the wearer a subtle but trendy ensemble. Baseball caps may look unassuming on their own, but it might just be the key to your sporty look.  



The retro visor



Even with the word “retro”, there’s just something quite modern with a hint of avant garde when wearing a retro visor. This is a stylish hat option for those who are looking at protecting their face from the sun and showcasing their chic hairstyle both at the same time. Visors look great with a modern getup like a shiny bomber jacket and some nice leggings. Or, you can opt to switch it up and pair it with a silk dress. 


(Cover photo from: RUTHJAELJIMENEZ)


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Wearing a fanny pack is the one trend we never thought would make a major comeback. Whether you like it or not, fanny packs are obviously here to stay. It's super convenient to use and adds edginess to any outfit.  Not sure how to style this piece in a chic way? Take a cue from how the Clozette Community sports it.


Edgy


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Casual


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Minimalistic


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Preppy


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Sporty


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(Cover photo from: angelquilang)


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Our “I Am Her” series features the female movers and shakers of the industry to learn how femininity and power coincide beautifully and seamlessly together.


Man Chien’s star rose quickly with her first collection and caught the eyes of Malaysian fashion mavens, making her a frontrunner in the realms of fine art and fashion. Her honest, emotionally fuelled style brings a totally different element to the scene and we eagerly anticipate her next masterpiece. 


Artist and designer Man Chien painting over a woman's clothes


Fill in the blanks: I am a _____ and a _____.


I am an artist and a designer. 


How did visual art and fashion come together for you? 


I enjoy doing both very much, so much that I wanted to spend time bringing both together. When I was working on garments, I thought about paintings and wanted to create something that had character and its own story to tell; a piece of work that had a life of its own. So I used the pieces as my canvases and started turning them into paintings.


Describe your inspiration for both artistic processes.


Making paintings is so deeply rooted in emotional expression that I would often embrace life at the moment that I was creating. I consider my work a documentation of my personal journey – living with courage, and constantly in pursuit of self-discovery – through raw, naked expression with colours and textures.


On the other hand, when it comes to wearable pieces, my first thought is always to identify the functionality and usefulness of the final product, which is then treated with artistic expression on the ‘canvas’.



Can you share some of your favourite techniques with us?


I stick by the immersive technique. Cut off all distractions, set the right ambience, playing the right music and creating a space where I allow myself to fully immerse with the purest of intentions. Sometimes this leads to transcendental moments where my hands start to paint on their own, or a truly focused moment where inspiration doesn’t stop flowing.



What do the brush strokes and textures signify?


They are feelings of lightness, density, the urge to detach, to engage; sometimes they are created with the intention to bless the viewer or wearer.


Will you be creating more wearable art with different mediums?


Yes; while it takes some time to actualise the plan, I am working towards a new way to create.


What is your favourite kind of story to tell through your art?


Lighthearted stories, subjects that remind us that the simple things in life are worth celebrating.



Which of your pieces is your favourite, and why?


There are two pieces I’d like to highlight: the hand-felted wool blanket coat from The Norns Collection and the nine-collar scarf from Allegory of the Cave II. The wool coat was two meters long and handmade, the symbol of a goddess who weaves the fabric of life and death. It was a fun process to work with wet-felting and the outcome was incredibly fulfilling. While it reminded me of the joy of pure creation, the coat was light and serves its function of keeping one warm during cold spells.



The nine-collar scarf marked a turning point in my personal process, on conceptualising an idea as wearable art with no obligation of making it commercially friendly; it was meant as a show-piece. It’s 4.5 meters long and can be worn in multiple ways in a red wool fabric, and the nine collars signify the different expectations that are projected onto us since the day we were born. 



We adored the visuals for Allegory of the Cave, what’s next for your label?


Functional designs in the form of fashion, products and fine art pieces.


Last but not the least, name 5 of your Clozette essentials.


Hats, basic white tees, a hand-painted floor length dress from my Allegory of The Cave collection, seamless lingerie, and comfortable yoga outfits.


(Cover photo from: @manchien)


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