Love & Sex

Tools of Attraction: Hats

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Ryan, stylist

How many hats do you own?
I probably have forty or fifty hats.

What’s the best thing about wearing a hat?
The best thing, I guess, is that they’re good if you have no hair.

What’s the worst kind of hat? A kind of hat you would never wear?
You remember those Naughty by Nature type hats? The ones where the ends came down
and you tied them? Those are the worst. I’ve actually seen them return on the scene; it’s
pretty disgusting.

Jacket: Issey Miyake, shirt: Jeremy Scott, sweatpants: thrift store, wingtips:
vintage, hat: J. Crew

Jackie, student at FIT

How many hats do you own?
Maybe three or four.

What’s the sexiest thing about wearing a hat?
I think it makes you more mysterious.

What’s the ugliest kind of hat you see people wearing?
For women, backwards baseball caps. Also the bowl-shaped, tight, knit caps with the
short brim. I saw a girl at my school wearing one the other day. It looked bad.

How would you describe your personal style?
A bit of punk, but also a bit girly, with a little vintage thrown in.

If you had to come up with an inspiration for your outfit today, what would it be?
It’s a modern take on the '70s.

All garments: American Apparel, riding boots: vintage

Pete, editor

Where did you get your hat?
I inherited this hat from my grandfather. My younger brother handed it off to me at some
point.

How many hats do you own?
This one, and a paint-spattered baseball cap that says "Wilfred's Delicacies of the Deep,"
with a picture of a fish.

What's the sexiest thing about wearing a hat?
Females are entranced by the mystery of what the rest of my head looks like.

What’s the ugliest kind of hat?
Judge not, lest thy hat be judged!

Pants and shirt: Uniqlo, hoodie: American Apparel, shoes: Vans, jacket: Ralph Lauren

Shira, fashion stylist and stylist assistant

How many hats do you own?
Thirty or more, seriously.

What do you love so much about hats?
It’s just a way of styling yourself, another accessory. You can wear a very basic
outfit, but by adding another accessory — maybe it’s a big bangle, or a necklace, or a hat — you just bring it all together.

Yeah, your whole outfit is black, but then you have that pop of color.
A trend right now is brights. The New York street is always all black chic, but I think the
hat brings a punch, some flair into the whole look. Just a pop.

And how would you describe your personal style?
I would say the '80’s and Afropunk.

Stole: Uniqlo, leather motorcycle jacket: vintage, hat: Housing Works, shoes and pants:
Forever 21, bag: Kill Shop Kill, sunglasses: RayBan

Ronald, stylist

How many hats do you own?
Not that many — I probably have six hats.

What’s the best thing about wearing a hat? Do you wear them mostly for style or for
function?

Well, it definitely adds something to your style. I think it adds to my cool factor.

What’s the worst kind of hat you see people wearing?
I’m not a big fan of hats in general. I’m especially not a fan of fedora hats, though that’s just my personal opinion.

What’s the sexiest kind of hat on a man and on a woman?
On a woman, I really like the big, floppy sunhats. On a man, I like just a traditional
baseball cap.

Shoes: Prada, slacks and shirt: Dockers, jacket: Gap, scarf: street vender