Throughout history, hats have been viewed both as accessories and necessities. Under the intense sunshine of Southwest Florida, the latter is still very much the case, although the hat that protects us from the sun isn’t the same one we wear for special events such as derby days, weddings, fancy teas and garden parties. For those occasions, a hat is much more than an accessory—it’s a sophisticated fashion statement. You don’t want an over-fussy outfit to compete with a showstopper hat; just let your crowning glory complement your style while you walk tall, confident that admiring glances are following in your wake.
Hat by Philip Treacy, $2,400; Marilyn’s, Naples, marilynhellman.com