The Black Sun Hat
Nothing adds instant glamour to a summer outfit quite like a black wide-brimmed sunhat – but not just any old flimsy straw hat from the mall will cut it for the skin-conscious folk. The perfect accoutrement is this chic urban sombrero, sold at the tony Yorkville clinic of cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett, whose clear complexion she attributes to her hat-wearing habit (plus diligent use of sunscreen and vitamin A & C serums). Made from tightly woven straw, Dr. Kellett’s trademark topper – she never leaves home without it – measures six inches all-around to shield your face, neck, and shoulders from skin-wrecking UVB and UVA rays. The bendable shape allows you to tilt the rim upward or keep it downward to protect your valuable face – you’ll thank us in the fall when it’s spot-free! No brightening creams required. $200, exclusively at DLK on Avenue. Or take advantage of their in-clinic promotion: Spend $400 on Kellett Skincare products and receive the hat as a complimentary gift.
7 Ways to Wear It
The style team at Freda’s Boutique in downtown Toronto show us how to rock the hat in seven different outfits.
Look #1: Boho Sophisticate
Ace the bohemian look without looking too hippy by mixing together black crochet with neutral elements. Crochet maxi skirt, L.A.M.B. $275; Sea foam green tank, $75; Crochet over-piece, Freda’s $180; Suzi Roher belt, $240.
Look #2: Boss Lady
A well-cut blazer in teal paired with printed skinny pants is the modern careerist’s answer to what to wear in the boardroom. Blazer, Freda’s original $320; White ¾-sleeve blouse, Bailey 44 $160; Pants, L.A.M.B. $285.
Look #3: Casual Friday
Get playful in this cotton one-piece fit for the urban jungle. Black jumpsuit, L.A.M.B., $480; Coral tank top, $30.
Look #4: The LCBD
“Cobalt Blue” is the new black when it comes to every woman’s must-have piece: a little versatile dress that can take you from the desk to dinner. Peplum dress, Freda’s $320.
Look #5: Femme Fatale
Turn heads from beach to street with a floor-skimming maxi dress and a bold necklace. Abstract floral print dress, Nicole Miller $530.
Look #6: Pretty in Pink
Fun it up with hot pink and classic black and white to make an uptown impact. Flared double-knit jersey skirt, Freda’s $180; Double-layered stretch tank, Freda’s $280; Patent belt, $75.
Look #7: Animal Instinct
Subtly show your wild side with an animal-printed shift dress with a lady-like peplum waistline. Dress, David Meister $465.