As a self-confessed hat fanatic, I always have an eye open for new hat styles as shown at the annual Denver market of the Western English Sales Association (WESA).
After being ?out? for a couple of decades, colored hats have made a comeback in recent years. This new maroon hat by Bailey takes the trend farther with an overdusting technique that adds depth to the base color and makes it easy to coordinate the hat with tan-neutral chaps.
Colored trims are very much in vogue?so much so that you can find them to coordinate with other colors that are popular in upcoming lines set to be in stores this summer and fall. Pink and gray, and pink with black are examples.
Also noted: Wider hatbands available than in previous seasons. We saw them on felts and straws.
You?d never wear this Gus-crown, large-brim hat in the show ring. But for those who wear hats for fashion and sun protection, it strikes the trend bell with leather-tooled brim in purple (super-hot new color choice), oversized copper trim on the band, and enough ?south of the border? panache to pair well with hacienda-inspired fashions.
Top hats? Seriously? It may be hard to believe, but they?re making an appearance in almost every hatmaker?s line. They?re for costume-y dressing, for sure, but with short skirts and short Western dresses, or other edgy combos, they are heating up as a way to stand out in a crowd.