My Favorite Hairstyles for Hats

Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats)Today let’s talk about hat hair! The good kind that is! Or rather hairstyles for hats—isn’t it funny how different hat hair and hair for hats sounds? One of the great appeals of a hat is that you can just throw it on when you’re having a bad hair day. But if you’re a fan of hats and fun hairstyles, here’s a few different ways to combine the two. Having a fancy braid doesn’t mean in the winter you have to go around with a chilly head!

Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats) Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats) Down & basic: My default style for a good hat is just wearing my hair down and slapping a hat on top. A hat hides or distracts a number of hair issues. So when my hair needs a wash or is being a bit wavy and weird, a hat is the perfect topper and disguise. I also love the way curls look with a chic beret, and it can be just as easy as going natural—try these overnight curls and then finish the look in the morning with your favorite hat to look chic with almost no effort!

Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats) Double up: Pigtails and pigtail braids can look a bit juvenile, but I for one still can’t resist them. I mean all of those rules about what to wear and your age—where’s the sense of fun??? Still one way to “age up” the look is by throwing a stylish hat on top. You can also play with your braid styles—instead of going for a basic braid, why not do two rope braids? The trick to a rope braid is just to divide your hair into two sections and twist each section in the same direction. Once they’re twisted cross them/twist them against each other in the opposite direction (i.g. I usually twist towards my face and cross away from my face). If you’re a visual person, there’s a picture explanation of the rope braid process here.

Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats) Side style: My second favorite hairstyle for hats has to be the side braid. It works with pretty much any style hat (straw, beret, floppy, etc.), and again there’s a few different braid types you can play with: regular braid, rope braid, fishtail, etc. It’s also a perfect style if you have some loose layers because the hat will help hold your hair in place.

Easy hairstyles for hats (click-through for new ideas to style your favorite hats) Surprise from behind: I like the idea of details on the backs of outfits, things people don’t notice until you walk away. It’s for this reason I still sometimes opt for a single ponytail or braid with a hat, even if these looks aren’t immediately appreciated from the front view. A faux fishtail braid (tutorial here) is a lovely surprise underneath your favorite chapeau! This style also looks just as good when you take your hat off indoors or at the end of the day.

What’s your favorite “hat hair” style? I never really saw myself as a “hat” person until I went to college in brisk Pennsylvania; one snowy winter was all it took to convince me hats were a practical and necessary accessory! Since then I haven’t really looked back and add a variety of hat styles to my collection and wearing them in every season. Now that my hair is longer, it’s even more fun to play around with ways to wear them. I hope one of these styles inspires you to wear a hat this week! Cheers, Rebecca.

Credits//Author and Photography: Rebecca Stice. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Presets for Lightroom. 

  • Just when you think Rebecca can’t top her last post, she comes out with something like this! Thank you so much for such an inspiring post! I’m curious which flat iron, if any, do you use? – Elley

  • I love the curls with the red hat. I have never been a hat wear-er, but would love to find one that I think looks good on em. I feel my head is too small, all the hats look funny…. But they look great on you.

  • I just love all of the hairstyles, haha. My favorite is the side style 🙂

  • yes! I love hats too but I’d like to learn how to better style them without looking like I have no hair at all!

  • Loving these looks! The side style has always been a personal favourite of mine and is perfect for a really bad hair day. Each hat in this post is so beautiful! I seriously can’t resist a cute hat!
    Kelly xx

  • These are all so cute! I love the look for the braids. I have a hard time doing braids on myself, but I’ll have to practice so I can do these looks!


  • That braid is GORGEOUS! I’m getting lots of great ideas..thanks for sharing, Rebecca!

    Natalie | Natalie Was Here

  • you look so beautiful in all of your hats!!

    xx, Elise

  • Loving the side style with the beret, it looks fantastic! I usually just wear my hair down when wearing a hat, it’s too short to style a braid, but when it’s longer again I do need to try that!

  • My favorite is the side style, although I usually just wear my hair down with hats.

  • What about our short hair girls? These styles only work if you have long hair and lots of it… what if you don’t have lots of nice hair to work with? ?

  • I love the look of your hair in plaits under the hat! It’s actually hair goals haha, mine flies everywhere if I try and make decent plaits, I need to up my game!

    Steph –

  • So super cute! I have naturally curly hair and I love adding hats to spice up my outfit!

  • So super cute! I have naturally curly hair and I love adding hats to spice up my outfit!

  • Love these styles! I’m trying to get into wearing hats more, and this is inspiring! 😀

  • LOVE this, they all look very original and lovely. Such a great post 🙂

    Stay Cozy|

  • I love hats so much, I love wearimg them with my hair down most of the times 🙂
    Paula |

  • Oh how I love a good hat… changes the whole vibe of an outfit 🙂

    Great post!

    Ekaete x

  • LOVE this <3 i own precisely zero hats but think they are so cute and stylish. My favourite is the two pigtais, they look so adorable with a floppy hat or beanie!

    Eliza xo

  • I loved all the styles. The side style is one of my favorites for hats too. But I mostly use it down and basic. 🙂
    P.S. Your hair is amazing!

  • Your hair is so beautiful and healthy! All those hats look so cute as well!


  • Great hat looks!! I did a whole post about how to feel confident in a hat..

  • You look stuuunning! Love these hairstyles + hats are a great deal to me 🙂

    Hannie Arden from

  • I probably wouldn’t wear pigtails alone, but they look great with hats! asfghjkl I’ve fallen in love with that first beret -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • Yes to this post!! I love a good hat but I just never know how to style my hair, so this will be bookmarked for reference later. Beautiful photos as well! x

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