Reader Christina wrote me with this question: My best friend is getting married in Florida and we were thinking about bridesmaids wearing floppy hats (maybe in butter yellow) but we aren’t sure if this would look ok. We’ve both seen tons of stuff on wedding blogs about using umbrellas as a cute accessory for bridesmaids but what about hats?
From Jen: I totally love this idea! But you are right, I’ve been searching for awhile and can’t seem to find anything with bridesmaids and hats, but I wouldn’t let that stop me. The floppy hat is making a big comeback right now (I even just read an article about them in the LA Times this past weekend!). I think they would be perfect for a casual beach wedding. I’ve seen great hats at j crew, urban outfitters, anthropologie, and even target. I’ve gathered some images for inspiration. Hope this helps a bit, but I am a strong believer in doing what you want – if your friend (the bride) wants you all to wear floppy yellow hats, then i say go for it! What do the rest of you think – is it a do or will it be too much? Has anyone been to wedding where the bridesmaids wore floppy hats?
In this classic Jennifer photo, she totally pulls off the hippie boho look with her hat. Rodarte featured lots of fun floppy hats in his spring 2008 line. Love this bottom photo of Coco Rocha for the Spring 2009 H&M; line. A beautiful bride in a large hat via Martha Stewart Weddings.
A perfect summer hat on the left by J Crew. Right from dmagazine.com
Left hat by target pairs great with a simple dress. Middle photo from here – really love the chunky necklace and straw hat combo. Right from Emanuel Ungaro Spring Campaign. He used fedoras with all his pretty dresses.
sounds fun! if she goes for it, then everyone will be talking about her great unique idea! :-)
Now THESE hats are cool!!! Not like the 1970’s see through, versions I was thinking of popular at weddings back then!
I like it!
My bridesmaids would never go for this idea but I love it. It’s pretty much amazing.
I totally LOVE this! I just get so inspired by seeing people daring to be different. I love all these samples too… it could be easy to not get a great hat, but these are just adorable!
I think the hats sound fun for the reception, but maybe not during the ceremony, and in some but not all the official photos. I think this idea has the potential for a “what was I thinking?” 10 or 20 years down the road. And I’d be worried about it hiding their faces. But some of the pics are cute, and I think you could pull it off if done well.
I totally agree with shellynn20. So cute for now, but definitely could be regrettable. Also as a photographer I know it would pose and additional challenge for ceremony shots. I think it would be fun to take some pics with them and maybe use them for the reception, but I wouldn’t for the ceremony.
I always try to think of what I would have wanted 5 or 10 years ago for permanent decisions (like a wedding or tattoo) and am usually horrified at what I thought was a great idea at the time. Then again if I still like it then I figure its important enough to me to go for it. Happy decision making! :)
Love the one with the butterfly net. Fabulous blog you have here btw!
Hats would be very cute for bridesmaids! I think it’s a brings back a vintage look. I’ve sseen pictures of bridesmaids in the past wearing hats or mini veils of sorts.
I think wearing hats is a great idea.. I love hats more than Umbellas or fans..
… a bit of a late commenter, (is that even a word?) but just wanted to say that I LOVE the idea of the hat & wish I'd thought of it! As for making decisions that you'll regret later; I love looking at old wedding photos (or any photos really) that look daggy and laughable, especially 80s weddings. I honestly regret going so 'classic', if I could do it again, (with the same man of course!) I'd be a lot more adventurous. :)