If you know me well, then you’re already aware of my affinity for hats. Up until now, I’ve mostly worn them during the spring and summer months (with the occasional beret during the fall/winter) and my favorite hats from the past seasons have one thing in common, they’re all from the San Diego Hat Company. So when the opportunity came to collaborate with my favorite hat brand for the release of their FW21 Collection, I could hardly wait to start styling them with my fall looks.
The hat I’m wearing today is the Drue Boater Hat and it’s from the Julie Inn FW21 Collection. This collection is designed in Southern California is inspired by the city of Julian in the Cuyamaca mountains and shows the brand’s love for neutrals and contemporary silhouettes. I still remember our visits to Julian when I was growing up, we lived in San Diego just a little over an hour away and I remember visiting the shops in town and how we always finished our trip with some of the apple pie the city is known for.
One of my favorite features in addition to the classic boater silhouette is the jacquard leopard print ribbon in two contrasting neutral shades of taupe. It really just pops, and I love the idea of pairing my floral print dress from MANGO with this hat.
I’m all about pairing old and new, and my Sole Society boots and bag were a cooler shade of taupe, really helped bring out the neutrals in the floral dress. I also love these Over-the-Knee boots or these Riding Boots in a similar color. The wonderful thing about neutrals is you can pair different tones in one look.
I went with statement earrings for this look, featuring my instantly recognizable Lighthouse Earrings from Spartina449 that I picked up in Highlands, NC a few years back, and kept my other accessories simple with the Corda Fine Chain Friendship Bracelet from Monica Vinader. This bracelet is fast becoming one of my favorite additions to my looks, and you can get 20% off your order from Monica Vinader with my insider code: US20RAFINSIDER-F6C1
This look was the perfect choice to wear on an early fall day in Southend CLT. It’s been ages since we’ve been to this area, only once during the pandemic, and we really enjoyed rediscovering the area and seeing all of the new shops and restaurants that have opened up while we were away. Saturdays are really the best days for exploring the area, from eating outside at the area restaurants, buying fresh produce at the farmers market that takes place from Indaco through the other side of the Atherton Mill shopping area, and wrapping things up with delicious chef-driven donuts from Pepperbox Doughnuts located the Design Center before heading back home.