Baker Boy Hats are everywhere right now – they had a brief re-emergence last summer, but Spring 2018 is where it’s at for this nostalgic accessory. In tribute to their throwback feel, I’ve taken a little inspiration from the classic Kodak Tri-X photography style for this post. I don’t think I’ve ever done a black-and-white outfit shoot on my blog before, but have wanted to play around with this editing style for ages so took the opportunity today! The photos were actually shot on my Olympus Pen E-PL8, but edited with a Tri-X tool – what do you think?
Enough of the photography geek-ery. Let’s talk Baker Boy Hats! I have wanted to work the trend into my wardrobe for a couple of months, and finally picked up this hat at River Island in the week. There are undoubtedly many different ways to style up a Baker Boy Hat, but after experimenting a little these are the best ways I’ve found to rock one (and not feel like a bus conductor, y’all know what I mean).
Keep At Least Some Hair Down. I tried to style out this hat with my hair pulled back and it just didn’t work for me. I try to use my hair as part of the accessory, adjusting and tucking it so it looks as flattering as possible under the hat. In the top photo you can kind of see that I positioned the front of my hair so it looked like a grown out fringe – I love how this looks, and it’s also a great way to cheat a new hairstyle without actually getting your locks chopped.
I also opted to keep my hair looking sleek rather than giving it any extra volume. I think this hat would still look awesome with curly or textured hair – just figure out what best compliments your face shape.
Try On A Good Number Of Hats Before You Buy. Before settling for this River Island number, I tried on about 6 other Baker Boy Hats. Each has a different shape and style, and looked wildly different on me. What I loved about this one was that it fit well over my ears, and didn’t leave them sticking out (one of my little insecurities) and the gold chain detailing had a real Chanel vibe to it. The buttons at the side feature these cute anchors too, which left it feeling quite vintage-inspired.
Hats are super personal, perhaps one of the most individual pieces someone could wear. What works for one person could look and feel totally different on someone else, so be sure to try on as many as you can until you find ‘the one’!
Pick Your Outfit Carefully. Yesterday, I matched my black Baker Boy Hat with this star jumper and a leopard print coat (there are links to similar ones at the end of this post). The fun elements of my outfit were signifiers that I don’t take myself – or my style – too seriously, making me feel more comfortable wearing a Marmite trend. Love them or hate them, Baker Boy Hats are definitely here to stay (at least for S/S 2018!)
I also liked matching the colour of the hat to my jumper, as it tied the look together smoothly. I had tried on a couple of tweed-style hats and whilst they were lovely, I felt that my first foray into the world of hats in quite a number of years should be more neutral. I love the one I chose!
Leopard Print Coat: Vero Moda (similar)
How do you feel about the Baker Boy Hat trend? Will you be picking one up?