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Although fedoras are typically associated with gangsters and private investigators, the style was originally favored by turn of the (20th) century women. First worn in its eponymous opera, the fedora soon became a favorite trend, worn exclusively by women until the 1920s. In lightweight straw and pastel shades, this jaunty accessory adds style to any ensemble, and remains fearlessly feminine. Read on for tips on selection and complementary styling. –– Laura Martin

Step: The air of adventure put out by this hat works well with perfectly imperfect styling. Use curl enhancer to maximize your natural wave, and refinish dry shampoo to add body and grit.

Step: Select a hat that highlights your hair’s color. A bit of yellow will look beautiful against a sunny blonde, and a touch of pale lavender will offset copper tones. Try a variety of shades to see what looks best.

Step: Wear this hat low, so that the brim sits just above your brows; add some oversized sunglasses for extra glamour and mystery.

Special thanks to Laura Martin for this post. Laura is a professional hair stylist, former senior educator at ARROJO cosmetology school, and a creative non-fiction MFA student at Georgia College, Milledgeville, GA.

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