Bijou Van Ness Heiress Hat

Two years ago I spied a fabulous straw boater hat on one of my style icons, Leandra Medine, and of course I had to get my hot little hands on one myself. As a lifelong hat-wearer/lover I was skeptical, figuring I would look like a wayward gondolier, but as soon as I tried my first one on I knew I was a goner. I love the structure of a boater, the whimsy, the way it elevate any outfit into something chic & vaguely European. I now own several versions in straw and wool so I definitely didn't need this one from Bijou Van Ness but WHO CARES LOOK AT IT. The gorgeous dusty mauve color, the velvet ribbon you can tie any way you choose, the perfect proportions! I wore mine with a floaty Zimmermann midi dress but I feel like it would work just as well with a cuffed blouse and denim.