I observed my Presidents' Day off yesterday by thumbing through the stacks and stacks of magazines and catalogs that have accumulated in my foyer, searching for some speck of springtime inspiration. I found it. In every fashion themed rag I devoured, there was one common denominator that is a must have for the next two seasons -- the straw hat.
I love Jane March's style in The Lover (L'amant), the 1992 provocative predecessor to An Education where a young French girl returning home from boarding school ends up getting schooled in the subject of romance by a handsome and wealthy Chinese businessman.
The film is set in French Colonial Vietnam circa 1929, and Jane radiantly rocks this effortless belted neutral shift with a pair of braids and a classic straw boater hat for a classic combination that is both timeless and Lolitaesque without being for lack of a better word, hobaggish.
If you like the look, Urban Outfitters tosses their straw hats in the ring with your choice of the Shallow Crown Fedora or the Cooperative Straw Boater featured at $29 each. If you want a more luxe look, Eugenia Kim offers her posh Max Toyo Fedora for $285.
Most chicks will be sporting their straw millinery with bikinis and cutoff shorts this spring/summer, but I will be marching to the beat of Jane March's drum, pairing my straw headwear with understated, ladylike dresses to create looks that are simple, chic and totally old hat.