THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE
ALSO PAYS HOMAGE TO HEADWEAR
Hats were a huge hit at Lollapalooza this summer.
Brigitte Noel of Ontario dons a fedora-style hat
at the music festival in Grant Park. (Photo by
“Suddenly, hats are everywhere…From
rock concerts to Ravinia, on men and women, young
Want to be indie cutting edge? Buy a fedora.
Yearning to look well-dressed, supremely put
together or just plain chic? Same advice.
You pick your vibe, these hats help you get there.
If you don't believe me, wander into one of the
stores where I found the hats shown here and try
one on. Everybody looks good in these things.
Even confirmed "I-look-terrible-in-hats"
types can pull off a snap brim beauty.
It's all in how you wear it. One option is to
perch a straw fedora on the back of your head
like Lindsay Lohan's gal pal, DJ Samantha Ronson.
Or, if that's not the look for you, how about
a dark felt number, cocked coolly over one eye,
Bogart's Sam Spade style. These hats cry out in
an especially loud voice to us Chicagoans. Think
Belushi and Aykroyd in Blues Brothers. Think gangsters
like our own Al Capone. Think crowd and performers
at Lollapalooza here earlier this month or photos
of Cubs fans in the '40s and '50s enjoying a glorious
afternoon at Wrigley Field.
Incidentally, pay no attention to gender labels.
The hats are unisex and can be found in both the
men's and women's departments.
Need more reasons to make this style your own?
The prices for new hats start at rock bottom ($5.50
at XXI/Forever 21). Vintage shops and thrift stores
like Goodwill (goodwill.org) and Brown Elephant
(howardbrown.org) also stock used ones at bargain
Finally, there's nothing like a hat to come to
the rescue of a bad-or bald-hair day.”