Bailey's Creative Director, Paula Calvert, Picks the Best Bets to complement your vibe for Spring. Felts worn all year around: Felts are not just for Fall/Winter anymore. These hats are the perfect accessory for a big night out, formal event, cocktail hour, or late night pool party. A bright colored felt looks great with jean shorts, a Hanes t-shirt and a cool pair of boots.
Tall and skinny: Brim length trends swing back and forth. You are always safe with a classic medium brim. But if you want to add new flavor to your style, try a new directional tall and skinny. No, I am not referring to coffee. Slightly taller crowns paint the picture of cool- it takes a braver man to rock this shape but there is no mistaking you will turn some girl's heads. The RIGHT girls. Or maybe the wrong ones. Skimpy brims are now the antithesis of super wide crowns that have become popular in the last few seasons. It shows you aren't scared to step it up, without looking like you tried too hard.
City goes Country: The city escape. How fast can everyone get to the beach or countryside on a Friday after work? Don't have a country house? Pretend you do. This trend is not going away. Roll up those chinos. Leave your lace up boots untied and rub them in the dirt. Get some suspenders and hit the nearest farmers market. Pick up some arugula and act like your log cabin is just down that charming country lane. You can always put it on your burger hot off the grill.
Statement Straws: No matter what the season, what the year, what the trend: every man with an ounce of style should invest in at least one killer straw hat. From the unparalleled come hang on my yacht Montecristi (the ultimate investment piece) to a luxurious Panama, or easy to wear Shantung LiteStraw®, these hats provide sun protection and will up the ante with basically anything you wear all summer. Start with a classic fedora. Then build your arsenal with new and inventive shapes and weaves.
Western inspired: Western is in our blood. In 1922, LA was a mix of farmers in Western wear and hungry merchants flocking west on steam trains to capitalize on oil rich soil and Hollywood rich industry. There is not a better testament to Americana, and all its rugged and masculine bravery than a Western hat. Leave the plaid shirt in the closet, though. Instead, mix it up with your city-wear for that modern look. Wear it with a flight jacket, jean jacket, blazer. Practice your best Clint Eastwood far-away squint and laser point it at the next dress that enters the room. See what happens.