SPLENDOUR STYLE: MITCHELL’S CAP CO. PICKS

A curated list of runway-worthy hats that will surely turn heads at this year’s Winter festival

2017 is the year of the hat. And for those of you considering packing last year’s flower crown for this year’s lineup, it’s time to reassess. So before you go frolicking in the Winter sun, let us school you on the headwear dos and don’ts for wholesale hat buyers targeting the fashionistas attending Australia’s beloved music festivals.

With the Splendour bender weekend looming, the pressure is on for the style-conscious crowds to find those last minute headwear gems. So please, steer clear of the Tipi Forest, leave the floral garlands at home, and salvage your reputation for style this year with a more sophisticatedin-vogue way to top off your look. Mitchell’s Cap Co. have curated a list of runway-worthy hats that will surely turn heads at this year’s Winter festival – and quite possibly, even direct some attention away from the main stage.

PANAMA HATS

“TO ACHIEVE A FESTIVAL LOOK PERFECT FOR WINTER, CHOOSE A FELT PANAMA OVER A MORE TRADITIONAL SUMMERY STRAW PANAMA”

Originating in Ecuador, the panama hat (or wide-brimmed fedora) is a surefire festival favourite, exuding elegance and tradition, whilst remaining contemporary at the same time. Unlike a lot of headwear trends, this classic hat has stood the test of time. However, as classic as it remains, the panama has evolved significantly over the years to suit current day crowds, and A-listers are leading the way with their chic interpretations of this fine accessory.

Though panama hats aren’t defined by a particular shape, they do possess a prominent flat brim with a distinctive hollow crown. The general rule of thumb for wholesale purchase is to keep it classicminimal and neutral. To achieve a festival look perfect for Winter, choose a felt panama over a more traditional Summery straw panama.

CADET CAPS

“THE CADET CAP, ALSO KNOWN AS THE NEWSBOY, SAILOR OR PEAKED CAP, CHANNELS OLD WORLD CHARM WITH A CHEEKY TWIST.”

Boy, have we got some news for you? Here’s the must-have accessory crowning the best dressed individuals in the Aussie festival scene:

The cadet cap, also known as the newsboysailor or peaked cap, channels old world charm with a cheeky twist. Since its military inception, this uniform-style topper was appropriated in the 60s by underground European “It Girls” like Anna Karina and Jane Birkin, before infiltrating the festival fashion landscapes of today. Statement pieces like the cadet cap are ideal for wholesale purchasers who endeavour to tap into the most stylish festival-goer scenes.

For an à la mode yet classic take on this quirky cap, opt for a black cap in cotton with details like braiding above the brim. Dabble in corduroywool and tweed for a luxurious, vintage feel. And for a more flirtatious rendezvous, choose a sweet yet bold bubblegum pink.

VISORS

“TIME TO TAKE THIS 80S STYLE TENNIS TOPPER AND TURN IT ON ITS HEAD.”

Once a daggy headpiece worn to meagerly shade the heads of fluorescent sports stars and surf rats – the visor was soon ostracised by the fashion world. But in 2017 the visor has taken an impressively chic road to hat glory. Time to take this 80s style tennis topper and turn it on its head. This topless trend is one to try and here’s how the most stylish attendees are interpreting this sports luxe accessory:

Say goodbye to the plastic neon visors of the 80s and 90s (and painful memories of a visor turned sideways in the early 2000s) and hello to its sophisticated update. Play it safe with a woven or straw visor to top off a nonchalantly chic look. For the daring, a shiny or stylishly coloured visor will allow for some futuristic festival fun. And visors can also be kept simple without forgoing outfit interest by customising a modest black cotton version.

BOATER HATS

“THIS YEAR?S BOATER HAT TREND PRESENTS THE PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR WHOLESALE HAT BUYERS IN TERMS OF DESIGN VERSATILITY AND CONSUMER WEARABILITY.”

Channel your inner chivalry and pay homage to the past at this year’s music festivals – because the boater hat is back on top (in a big way). You’ll either be borrowing style advice from the 1920s Gatsby-glamorous, or those high society outdoorsy types for your formal festival frolicking. This classic skimmer has a stiff flat crown and brim, tied together with a grosgrain ribbon around the crown.

The boater hat can, ever so stylishly, top off any outfit with its endless customisation of its bandwidthmaterials (like straw and felt), colour and ribbon trim/print (stripedgingham and polka dotted). This year’s boater hat trend presents the perfect opportunity for wholesale hat buyers in terms of design versatility and consumer wearability.

BOHO HATS

“EMBELLISHMENTS AND LEATHER STRAPS CAN ADD JUST THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF CHARM TO YOUR BOHO HAT, CHANNELING YOUR INNER HIPPIE.”

Oh, the annual Winter festival crowds – you’ll never see so many boho/floppy hats in one place. A good hat is a hat that looks good AND shields your precious head from the sun’s harsh rays – with its widefloppy brim – the boho hat is all that and more. Unisex, festively functional and oozing with bohemian chic, this style of hat has long been a popular choice among festival-goers and supermodels alike.

Felt is the tried and tested fabric of choice, but there are absolutely no rules when it comes to colourEmbellishments and leather straps can add just the right amount of charm to your boho hat, channeling your inner hippie. What a standout choice for your outdoor rendezvous in the Winter sun?!

Customise a festival-worthy hat of your own

With the Winter festival looming, now’s the perfect time to order this year’s Splendour essentials. Mitchell’s Cap Co. offer a stylish range of custom wholesale hats and caps to ensure your business is worthy of the festival’s best dressed. Contact us today on (+61) 07 5593 5155 or fill out an online enquiry form.