The Lost Art of Dressing: Hats

Did you read this article on It’s about Professor Linda Przybyszewski who teaches a class called “A Nation of Slobs” at the University of Notre Dame, in South Bend, Indiana. I’m not sure which of her quotes is my favorite:

  • “I think style just moved toward simplicity, and eventually slipped into stupidity.”
  • “There’s got to be a happy medium between wearing a burka and running around half-naked.”

If you haven’t read the article yet, take 5 minutes to learn about Professor Przybyszewski’s mission: to revive the lost art of dressing. Then come back here to find three ways to incorporate hats into your daily dressing this summer. After all, Przybyszewski says that until the 1960’s, you were considered slightly undressed if you didn’t have a hat on!

Let’s start with sun hats, which shouldn’t just be restricted to beach wear. Look stylish and enjoy the sun protection (keep those wrinkles and age spots at bay!) at summer picnics, farmer’s markets, walks around the neighborhood, and wherever else warm weather takes you. These three range in price from $36-$48.

Ann Taylor Lawn Stripe Sun Hat, $48


Nordstrom Denim Stone Wash Sun Hat, $38


LAUREN Ralph Lauren Bright & Natural Sun Hat, $35.99


But sun hats aren’t the only way to go this summer. Perhaps a cap or fedora is more your style. You can easily accessorize with these bright colors when picking up an ice cream cone, visiting the local carnival or fair, enjoying a backyard barbecue, or shopping with friends. These stylish options range in price from $28-$56.

Collection XIIX Woven Fedora, $28


Pistil Quattro in Fuchsia, $30


Goorin Brothers Darby in Natural, $56


Last but certainly not least… Why is it only the Brits get to wear fun hats at weddings? Next time you’re celebrating a friend’s nuptials, dare to wear a fascinator like this one. Everyone will simply assume you’ve decided to accept Prince Harry’s hand in marriage.


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Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. I think I like the second hat the best 🙂

  2. I just love this! My blog’s name is 4 Hats and Frugal, so I am all about hats. I wish more people would wear them with outfits on an everyday occurrence.

  3. I love hats. I often wear them to conferences to stand out. They most certainly aren’t only for the beach.

  4. Such a fun post! I love hats, and actually just bought a new straw one for summer! 🙂

  5. Any tips on how to find a hat that flatters your face? I feel that often times I’ll see a hat that looks really cute, but then when I put it on, it doesn’t quite look right.