Category Archives: Women’s Fashion

What Men Think About Women’s Fashion

Let’s just get one thing straight. You may not care what anyone thinks about how you dress, but I’m here to give you honest wardrobe feedback from a male perspective. But no matter if you heed my advice or not, I recommend always wearing what makes you feel your best.

Ladies, you have more opportunities in your own closet than us guys have at the local mall. But there are some styles that shouldn’t make it out the door.

It may be a good place to start things off by making sure you know what year it is…2012. When the 70s and 80s died out, we thought most of the unconventional styles of the decades would too. Guess we were wrong. With that said, long skirts coming back is something that shouldn’t have happened. When a guy sees a woman in a long skirt, all we can think is that you go dancing around in a field of daisies while listening to the Grateful Dead, only to drive away in your circa 1970s VW van. Also, we tend to wonder if you have been shaving your legs, and we really do love smooth legs.

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As for the 80’s, leggings as pants was okay then, but now, it shouldn’t happen. Men can’t get enough of a sleek, tight fit, but leggings as pants just don’t do the trick. We aren’t saying throw out all of your leggings, just wear them under a dress or skirt.

Women also seem to be having this infatuation with Aztec/Native American designs, whether printed on a t-shirt or incorporated into a dress. This can only leave us with two ideas: either you believe in all that world is ending in 2012 stuff, or you’re in some way, shape, or form Native American. But when you’re whiter than our bed sheets, we know this isn’t true. Patterns are great, but unless you’re willing to all call yourself a hipster, I’d suggest going with something else.

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Finally, whether we admit it or not, men are mostly simple minded when it comes to fashion styles, and you all know that. We love the classics, the little black dress, or a pair of skinny jeans. This doesn’t mean you need to completely dumb down your closet for us. There are plenty of simple styles you can use as a base to create an eye catching or jaw-dropping look, particularly using well-picked accessories.

Guys, what women’s fashion trends do you wish would go away? Ladies, do you disagree with my picks?

Summer Fashion Trends — For the Ladies

Here at A Tip of the Hat, we focus a lot on men’s interests and fashions. But we do know we have some women out there reading. Ladies, this is for you. And guys, why not buy a special woman in your life one of the trends below? Just because.

The temperatures outside are heating up, and soon summer will be in full swing! As we work our way through spring, fashionistas everywhere are already working on their summer wardrobes as they make plans for fun outings, events, and vacations. While some look for specific items, styles, and shapes in their seasonal outfits, it doesn’t have to be so difficult. Think on a smaller level about colors, prints, and patterns. Below are a few hot summer trends to be on the lookout for that are easily wearable by anyone. Go on, check ‘em out!

Mint Green

mint green fashion trend

With pastels emerging as a hot summer trend, mint green is one of the top colors to be on the lookout for. Let’s face it — it’s everywhere! Whether you use it for your outfit, accessories, or beauty, you can’t go wrong with this dreamy ice cream shade. Combine multiple trends as shown above, colorblocking with a neon, or choosing a dainty lace for a fashion-forward look. Accessories such as an oversized handbag, thin belt, and adorable wedges with a pop of mint green are adorable. Don’t forget your nails! Mint green polish is perfect for toes or fingernails to add a pop of color.

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Royal Blue

royal blue fashion trend

Royal blue has been on the rise since William gave Kate that gorgeous sapphire engagement ring in 2010, but this summer you can expect to see the color everywhere. This dress is absolutely swoonworthy, incorporating the royal blue into the colorblocking trend, as well as the ever-trendy criss-cross open back. The off-the-shoulder top can be dressed up or dressed down for an all-around stylish look. Wedges are an ultimate summer trend, while royal blue jewelry and nail polish complete the look to give it added pizazz.

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Paisley

paisley fashion trend

Prints are always fun. This summer, paisley is back, and it’s everywhere. From bikinis to tops and maxi dresses, we the love the variety of color and style that’s available with this print. While paisley prints are typically reserved for clothing alone, this season’s fun, paisley-printed accessories are totally refreshing. Who would have thought that paisley flats could be so cute? On the other hand, these colorful and bejeweled bangles are a summer must-have!

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What summer trend are you rocking this year?

 

Mad Men Style Guide

Here at Fedoras.com, we can’t get enough of  AMC’s Mad Men — especially when it comes to mastering the distinct styles of each main character. With the help of our favorite retro-loving fashion bloggers, we’ve dedicated an entire guide to helping you dress more like your Mad Men style match. From era-inspired suits to character-inspired hats, you’ll have your favorite character’s closet down to a T!

Browsing for more Mad Men material? Try scotch-sipping your way through our Beverage Guide or tipping your topper to our Mad Men-worthy Hat Guide. You’ll feel as dapper as Don, Betty, Roger, Joan, and the rest of the gang in no time at all.

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Mad Men Style: Joan Harris

Joan Inspired Fashion from Mad Men: Get the Look!

Va-va volumptuous Joan Harris has always been fiery, strong-willed, and a bit vulnerable on the show. When it comes to fashion, Joan’s always had a thing for rich hues, fun accessories, upswept hair, and bold lipstick — and she definitely knows how to make an entrance (and an exit). Her curve-hugging, cinched-waist dresses and pencil skirts show off her hourglass assets to absolute perfection.

Need some real life Joan inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion bloggers Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl, Sue of Sewin’ Steady, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Pauline of Dessine-moi un bouton, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their Joan-esque attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Mad Men Style: Steal Joan's Look!

Mad Men Style: Steal Joan's Look!Mad Men Style: Steal Joan's Look!

What do you love about vintage style?

Sue: “My first memories of loving vintage fashion are from when I would watch old movie musicals, like The Sound of Music and Bye Bye, Birdie as a little girl with my mom. I loved seeing the twirly party dresses and cute everyday outfits that the female characters would wear. I’ve always wanted to own the frothy confection of a dress that Liesl wears while dancing in the rainy gazebo to ‘Sixteen Going on Seventeen.’ Since those early memories, I’ve sought out vintage and vintage-inspired pieces to incorporate into my wardrobe and daily life. I love that many styles from the past are sweetly feminine and flattering, while maintaining a fun and put-together look. You can slip on a vintage dress and feel confident as you step out the door, regardless of the occasion.”

Joanne: “What’s not to like? Vintage style allows you to not just assemble a totally unique look, but you also get to enjoy amazing tailoring and couture details that many high street clothes simply don’t feature anymore. The joy of vintage styling is that you can dial it up or down as you need to — a jaunty ’50s silk scarf with a breton top and boyfriend jeans can look timeless but modern, while a full-on wiggle dress turns vintage glamour up to the max. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Pauline: “I do not own a lot of vintage clothes, mostly bags and hats, but most of what I sew is vintage reproduction or with a retro inspiration. I am especially in love with the ’50s and ’60s fashion, which for me represent femininity, seduction, and it’s so full of colours and patterns. Dressing (and sewing my own clothes) in that style is a way for me to show my personality and originality. ”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Mad Men Style: Steal Joan's Look!

Mad Men Style: Joan Harris

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Sue: “Thankfully, my boyfriend has developed an interest in vintage cocktails and drink recipes from the past, and has introduced me to a few delicious drinks I wouldn’t otherwise have had the nerve to try! My favorite has to be a good old Sidecar — orange-flavored liqueur, brandy, and lemon juice shaken with ice and served in a chilled cocktail glass. Yum.”

Joanne: “It’s got to be a Long Island Iced Tea. Knock me up one of these Highballs, and make it a big one bartender!”

Pauline: “I am going to disappoint you, as my favourite beverage is tea and not a sophisticated cocktail. I have an entire cupboard full of tea boxes, teapots, and cups. My favourite one is Pu Erh, a red tea from China — quite strong. I drink tea at all time during the day, and there’s always a teapot full in the kitchen or in the living room.”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Sidecar, Long Island Iced Tea, and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Mad Men: Joan's Sultry Style

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Mad Men Style: Get Joan's Look!

Mad Men Style: Joan Harris
Mad Men Fashion Inspiration: Joan Harris

What do you think is our most Joan-worthy hat?

Joan Harris inspired hats

Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva Kangol Animal Print Cloche Betmar Balsa Wool Cloche

Sue: “I definitely watch Mad Men (almost religiously!), but I can’t say I specifically remember Joan wearing a hat in any of the episodes — maybe that’s because we usually see her in the office? She usually seems to be sporting a chic updo of some sort, but no hat. That said, I think she (and any vintage-loving lady) would look adorable in the Betmar Alexandrite Wool Cloche. It’s definitely got a retro vibe, and it is feminine and polished, without being stuffy.”

Joanne: The Kangol Heritage Lite Felt Diva. It had to be a hat with diva in the title for Joan, plus this hat would go perfectly with her hot pink wiggle dress. The velvet trim adds a note of luxury.”

Pauline: “I think Joan would go for the Kangol Animal Print Cloche as the foxy lady she is. It’s sexy but in neutral colours — a good compromise for work.”

Julia: “Definitely the Heritage Felt Diva.”

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Kentucky Derby: Women’s Style Guide

Trends come and go, but the timeless looks of the Kentucky Derby never fade. When it comes to Derby fashion, formal dresses, clutches, and heels are popular in the stands, while the infield uniform tends to be more laidback — think flowy sundresses, cotton skirts, and colorful shorts. Wearing a hat on Derby day is considered good luck, which is why the infamous horse race is synonymous with lavish cloches and wide brim hats.

Looking for the perfect Derby day outfit to fit your style personality? Whether you’re a casual, bohemian, or vintage-loving lady, let our guide be your source of inspiration for the big day:

Do you love a certain look? Scroll down to read the details on pulling off each ensemble! 

kentucky derby fashionCasual

 For the casual lady, look for a lightweight cotton dress and a statement necklace. A no-frills, wide brim hat and pair of oversized shades will help protect against the sun, and a leather backpack will complement your easy-breezy style, while providing you with plenty of room to stash all of the essentials. Just be sure to check the Churchill Downs website for any bag restrictions!

Bohemian

If you gravitate towards a carefree style, a maxi dress or skirt with a bold pattern is right up your alley. For a free spirit like you, earthy, vibrant accessories will accent this boho-chic look, along with a floppy hat for keeping the sun out of your eyes.

Glam

For the glammed-up gal, Millionaires Row is the place to be. Channel your inner Derby diva with a dress in a classic silhouette that shows off your figure! Add a hint of glitzy, Old Hollywood style with sequins and metallic jewelry. With a pair of white cat eyes, the spotlight will be all yours! Searching for the perfect hat to complete your ensemble? We’re loving this classic B&W beauty!

Southern Belle

While slightly more understated than a glamour girl, the Southern belle is just as elegant — and a lot more girly. Pastels and floral prints paired with feminine details like lace, bows, and pearls work wonders — and don’t forget a wide brim hat for extra charm. Choose a classic A-line skirt or dress that cinches at the waist for a lovely, delicate look.

Vintage

If you’re a vintage kind of gal, try a tea dress, or channel your favorite time period with an era-inspired dress. Whether you’re sporting a curve-hugging dress straight from the ’60s (think Mad Men‘s Joan) or a flapper-inspired dress from the ’20s (think Gatsby‘s Daisy), make sure to add a few modern touches to freshen the look up a bit. And don’t forget a ladylike cloche to top it all off!

Need a little help dressing your date? Check out our tips on men’s Kentucky Derby fashion!

Mad Men Style: Betty Francis

Betty Francis Inspired Fashion: How to Get the Look!

The frosty Betty Francis has had an emotional journey on the show, but she hasn’t waivered from her Grace Kelly-inspired style. This blonde beauty chooses feminine shapes, iconic prints, and classic hair and makeup to complete her timeless, ladylike look. And although her life isn’t always glamorous, she sure can pull off a pair of pearls, a party dress, and a perfectly-lined pout like nobody’s business.

Need some real life Betty inspiration? We’ve enlisted fashion bloggers Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl, Joanne of Stitch and Witter, Leea of Vintage Follies, and Julie Bobbin of JuliaBobbin to show off their classic Betty attire and answer a few questions:

Click through the pictures for more on each lady’s look.

Betty Francis Inspired Fashion: Fleur of Diary of a Vintage Girl

What do you love about vintage style?

Joanne: “What’s not to like? Vintage style allows you to not just assemble a totally unique look, but you also get to enjoy amazing tailoring and couture details that many high street clothes simply don’t feature anymore. The joy of vintage styling is that you can dial it up or down as you need to — a jaunty ’50s silk scarf with a breton top and boyfriend jeans can look timeless but modern, while a full on wiggle dress turns vintage glamour up to the max. It’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on!”

Leea: “Vintage is an endless inspiration for me, from clothing to accessories to furniture. There’s always something ‘new’ and amazing to find. In clothing, my favourite decades are the ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s in all their detail, cut, and material. I really love how the garments were cut to compliment the wearer and how much time and effort was put to their construction. Also, the materials are something that, sadly, can not be found any more today. Those decades, to me, are all about femininity; the liquid bias cut materials of the ’30s cling to the body, at the same time hiding it and revealing it all, and the late ’40s and ’50s accentuated waists, full skirt, and wiggle dresses. I especially love the head wear of the ’40s — so sculptural! I also love the delicate design of the footwear and the care and effort that was put to the hair and makeup.”

Julie: “I love how vintage styles celebrate the feminine form and accentuate a woman’s shape. The style makes you feel beautiful, polished, sexy, and confident, but without showing too much flesh. It’s subtle but powerful and makes you feel like a woman.”

Betty Francis Mad Men Style: Vintage Follies

What is your favorite cocktail or beverage?

Joanne: “It had to be a Long Island Iced Tea. Knock me up one of these Highballs, and make it a big one bartender!”

Leea: “I do love a glass of good Cabernet Sauvignon!”

Julie: “A Long Island Iced Tea! It’s sweet, sour, refreshing, and from the home of Mad Men — New York!”

Find recipes for the Long Island Iced Tea and more in our Mad Men Beverage Guide!

Betty Francis Inspired Fashion: Joanne of Stitch and Witter

What do you think is our most Betty-worthy hat?

Betty Francis inspired hats

Stitch Hats Daisy Straw Garbo Hat Betmar Opal Wool Cloche Stitch Hats Iris Toyo Straw Garbo Hat

Joanne: “The Daisy Straw Garbo Hat is my pick for Betty circa Season 1. It’s fresh and bright like most of her at-home wardrobe in that season.”

Leea: “I don’t see Betty wearing hats on many occasions, except perhaps to a Sunday church or day at the beach with the kids. I find Betty quite conservative in her outfit choices, so I would go with something classic. This Iris Toyo Straw Garbo Hat would be perfect for a day out at the beach.”

 Julie: “The Betmar Opal Wool Cloche.”

 

A special thanks to Fleur, Joanne, Leea, and Julie for chatting with us!

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Ladies Spring Break Style 2012

Spring is one of the prettiest times to be a gal! With all the pastels, bright colors, and floral prints floating around, you can’t help but feel great in spring fashions. Going along with our Men’s 2012 spring looks, here’s what ladies can look forward to this spring.

On Top

Ladies outerwear

To keep warm, layer up with cute cardigans, blazers, and trenches. Bold colors are definitely in, but these pretty pastels are perfect for outerwear. Be sure to make sure your outerwear fits you properly. Just like men’s fashion, tailoring makes all the difference! We’re loving this 60s inspired mint green cardigan with pearl buttons – too cute!

 

All Over

dresses 2012

Nothing makes you feel prettier like a dress, so bring them out! This is where you can stash your floral prints and fun patterns, like stripes or polka dots. Wear these bare-legged or with some bright tights, and finish the look off with either flats or heels – both look great!

 

To the Floor

ladies shoes 2012

To compliment the looks above, pastel and neutral colored shoes are the way to go. Oxfords are still in, and they look great with cropped pants and dresses alike. Toms just released their new Ballet Flats line, and we are loving the Alessandra design! Also, don’t forget to play up embellishments. The bows on these Tiffany-blue heels are too precious.

 

Accessorize

Ladies Accessories 2012

Play up your outfits with some fun accessories this spring! Scarves aren’t just for winter, you can wear them year round! Opt for lighter fabrics like silk and linen, and don’t be scared of fun prints! Fedoras are also making a comeback for females, and the Panama style, shown above, is a great starter hat. Funky jewelry is a great addition, and so are some bright orange nails! A punchy orange is the official Pantone color of 2012, so expect to see it everywhere. Finish the look with a bold handbag. We’re loving cross-body bags, especially in this cobalt blue color.

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