The transformative power of a hat

Faye Dunaway makes her brisk entrance into The Thomas Crown Affair in one; Mia Farrow’s Daisy Buchanan peeped out from beneath the sheer brim of one; and a pair of oversized sunglasses accompanied Audrey Hepburn’s in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

A big, dramatic summer hat is one of those rare items that’s both functional and utterly transformative. Put one on and you can’t help but feel like one of those poised, classic screen stars; strong, detached and shrouded in mystery.

sun down by michael david adams

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Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams
Sun Down by Michael David Adams

Stunningly photographed Sun Down by Michael David Adams may be a gorgeous swim shoot in its own right – styled by Don West with bikinis from the likes of Michael Kors and Ralph Lauren. You also can’t help but be struck by Mary Irwin’s hair and makeup work, and Michelle Cameau’s meticulous manicures. But it’s the selection of wide-brimmed hats that are both the literal and figurative crowning glory to each look.

View the full shoot by Michael David Adams (michaeldavidadams.com), which stars model Jessica Bleier, by clicking on the thumbnails.

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Some people's wardrobes are about a small selection of pieces that all fit within one aesthetic - Tania Braukamper isn't such a person. With a wardrobe that spans three different rooms, her approach to fashion is a mixture of current-season key pieces mixed with vintage finds she's sourced on innumerous shopping trips around the world's more cultured capitals. Despite a disparate approach to shopping, Tania is adamant that the key to mixing vintage with new season is to stick to key looks and colours that work for oneself. And it's a theory that she works into her writing for Fashionising.com, where she serves as the publication's Editor.