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In a desperate attempt to give my way-too-quick-to-burn skin a break from the sun, I seem to impulsively buy some random hat off of the street every summer. Maybe it’s overheated delirium, maybe it’s my sole desire in these moments to hide my reddening skin under the biggest brim I can find, but I’m usually unhappy with what I’ve picked by the time I get home.

This year I’m breaking this ugly cycle and taking on the fun new endeavor of creating my own summer hat.

To get inspired for the task I’ve been pouring over lots of gorgeous imagery from photo files available at the (gloriously air conditioned!) New York Public Library. Here are a few of my favorite picks:

There is nothing about this image that I don’t love…


Audrey Hepburn proving once again that she can do not fashion wrong, paired with an excellently glamorous woman in Vogue.


True Stories era David Burn fabulously landing somewhere between country chic and country geek.


The always amazing woven hat.


Demure meets undeniable glamour.


OMG! I wish!


The classic safari hat. Probably not for me, though there is something dashing about it.


I’m officially obsessed! Any fellow hat lovers/sun dodgers out there have a favorite?


Kat Roberts lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she works as an artist, handbag and footwear instructor and accessories designer. In addition to almost constant crafting and contributing to BurdaStyle’s blog, she chronicles her obsession with creative recycling at her own blog, We Can Redo It.


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    Aug 11, 2011, 05.13 PMby S. White

    I think hats and head coverings of all types are great! They can add a touch of color or personality to any look and are great for when you don’t feel like dealing with your hair :)

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      Aug 22, 2011, 09.29 PMby Whitehaus

      I chronically don’t feel like dealing with my hair! Hats should’ve been my very best friend years ago.

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    Aug 7, 2011, 10.33 PMby fashionfreek

    I love hats. Great excuse for mad hair days!:-) Yep you just got to team it up with a right outfit..otherwise as one poster said..it would look silly.:-S

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    Aug 7, 2011, 06.32 PMby notdeadredhead

    I’m a huge beanie fan in the winter! I used to do more baseball caps back in the day, but sometimes you just gotta have something cuter than the classic baseball cap. I’d bought a flat cap/golf cap/whatever you want to call it on my honeymoon, and I love it! The only thing is that it has to be paired with a the right outfit, or it just looks silly. I also have to be careful with when I wear it, as it’s meant for a much cooler climate than Texas. Probably my favorite is the hat I made using Jackaroe’s “Sarah Hat” pattern! It’s cool enough to wear in Spring and Summer, but it’s still funky enough to have some fun with it! :^)

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    Aug 4, 2011, 08.31 PMby woodviolet

    I have been buying hats nonstop at thrift stores this summer – they’re taking over my apartment :) I’ve also been really interested in making my own hats. I’ve been reading the very informative “Hats!” by Sarah Cant, great step by step explanations of making straw and felt hats. Also Selvedge had an article about traditional straw hat plaiting and manufacture in France in its most recent issue which was really neat and made me want to plait and sew a straw hat from scratch very badly!

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      Aug 9, 2011, 12.29 AMby Whitehaus

      I’m with you on that! There’s something about a straw hat that is so reliable and comforting. I wanna try a few styles for fun, but a woven straw hat seems like it’s gonna be the keeper for me. Have to seek out that book asap!

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      Aug 16, 2011, 06.42 PMby woodviolet

      I went to my local library the other day and found a huge amount of millinery books! Its also where I got my copy of the Sarah Cant book. Also, if you want to make a hat from super scratch, ie weaving the straw yourself (otherwise you can buy prewoven strips or sheeting to stitch and block) try looking for books about plaiting, wheat weaving and corn dollies. There are so many gorgeous techniques. Also, if you make a hat, please post it on here!!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 01.45 PMby raving

    I love hats! Especially straw hats. I recently found myself a straw bowler hat, it was so brilliant I had to have it. Now I have a felt bowler for the winter and straw bowler for the summer. I also made myself a tricorn out of one of those floppy brimmed felt hats, just sewed up three points. I would love be to able to make my own hats from scratch, especially straw.

    The best inspiration I saw was in an antique store and they had a straw hat with an adorable floral band that tied into a bow at the back, I’ve got a plain straw hat at home which I plan to try this one.

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      Aug 4, 2011, 03.37 AMby Whitehaus

      I would love to find some artisan in the city who could teach me how to weave a hat! It seems like it’d be a happy and satisfying venture from start to finish.

      Thanks for all of your shared hat info:)

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