Since having a fringe I wear hats a lot less, but now I’ve found a great technique to wear a hat with a fringe.
It’s a strange thing to confess, but I have a face for hats.
Prior to having my fringe cut in 5 years ago now, I wore hats a fair bit – summer and winter. Once I got my fringe, I found it really hard to wear most types of hats, especially this year’s trend of the baseball cap.
With holidaying in Puglia, Italy, last month, I knew I was going to ‘have to’ wear a hat, especially with hot days of 37-38℃ with a feel-like factor of 43℃ predicted, I simply had no choice but to embrace the hat!
I didn’t buy a new one, as I have 3 to 4 straw hats and a few baseball caps already – I took two straw hats with me that can easily fold and can go straight into the suitcase and they were worth taking; I used a hat every single day of the trip, in fact I reached for the sun hat more often than my sunglasses, the heat was intense.
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I’ve intentionally included this photo above; this was Day One of my holiday. I had yet to discover the need to take my #ootd immediately leaving the hotel in the morning before that ‘glow’ appeared.
This photo was taken after I had been in the ‘city’ heat for a couple of hours, walked up the countless steps of the Matera Sassi and about halfway up I thought this would make a great background. The hat had been worn the entire time, admittedly I did give the fringe a quick brush before the photo, but you can see it has kept its shape.
How to wear a hat with a fringe
If you have a fringe you will have already tried the grips to hold the fringe back, which only results in – you can’t take your hat off all day!
Maybe you’ve tried a tiny hair clip claw, in the hope that when you take your hat off, it will look intentional that your fringe is meant to be ‘off-you-face’ – but it never looks quite as good, does it, as you imagine it in your head!
I’ve done both of these, plus I think I also tried the ‘let’s go for a wet look’ beach vibe, which trust me is worse than both of these!
This, plus trying to incorporate a head scarf, thinking this will make it more glam…. simply doesn’t work, if you have a fringe!
It’s so easy, you’ll love it!
In my hour of need, I googled it, then read/watched countless articles and videos and settled on this recommended technique.
I have tested this method seven days in a row and love it. In fact, some evenings I didn’t need to wash my hair after wearing my hat, just blasted it with dry-shampoo after my shower and off I went out with my fringe looking all fresh & dandy… now do you believe me?!
To place the hat onto the fringe…
- Before placing the hat on your head (at any point during the day), simply part your fringe directly down the middle (not either of sides) but the middle – regardless of your own hair-parting.
- Sweep the fringe aside as far as you can without forcing it
- Place the hat firmly on and leave it
Go about your business
To remove the hat from your fringe…
- If you can, opt to pop to the ladies before removal, however it really isn’t necessary if you have a little mirror in your bag
- 80% of the time I got away with a really good brush of the fringe
- If it looked a tad flat, then with the smallest amount of water, I slightly ruffled my fingers through my fringe to get it back to it’s normal bounce
- If I happened to have returned to my hotel, then before brushing it, I would blast some dry shampoo in it first and voila!
This is me, all dressed up for dinner out, after a day of wearing a hat – I didn’t need to wash my hair, just a blast of dry shampoo, and possible a little use of a hair-dryer and a roller brush, I never wet my fringe and re-dry, I find it goes greasy. Dry shampoo all the way!