8.23.2009

Cabbie Chic

Despite the dangers that accompany being a New York City cab driver, there’s an old time elegance and charm that accompanies the trade. A glamorous yet gritty noir attributed to the hidden hazards, the possible clandestine romances, even the fear and loathing pouring off the strangers in the backseat. Perhaps it is that mysteriousness, that elusive essence that makes the thought of being a cabbie so intriguing, yet downright frightful. To be on the safe side no, I won’t contemplate a career change. I’ll simply steal a slice of cabbie chic and plop it right about my head in the form of a dapper cabbie hat. After all darlings, what better way to get your fabulous fashion motor running than with a stylish piece of headwear for fall!

mark “City Riding Hat” Who knew that it was possible to find a cap crafted out of a juxtaposition of riding gear and cabbie fabulous? One is synonymous with polished refinery of the jet set, the other of abrasive attitude of the lower class. Together, however, they form the grandeur known as mark’s City Riding Hat. The typical stuffy brown tweed is sliced and diced into a round-brim beauty with a tailored fit that adds a bit of hoodlum to your haute couture; while brass-button embellishments flanking the brim add an understated twinkle to the luscious lid. I’m sure by now you’ve met mark; but have you met the mark City Riding Hat?

Urban Outfitters “EEK! By Eugenia Kim Riding Cap” I’m not the flaxen-haired femme fatale of the Once Upon A Time…fairytales we aspired to be as children, kittens. Quite the opposite, in fact. My hair is of a darker hue – a light brown, to be exact. Therefore, when I decide to top my mane with a hat, it must be one that will stand front and center atop my head, not blend in with its darker surroundings; which, of course, explains my affections for the EEK! By Eugenia Kim Riding Cap. The knit shell is soft to the touch, and features the most divine little boxy blocked print adornment; whilst the ivory color corresponds magically with the ambrosial chocolate flushed hatband dressed up with antique hardware, a combination that’s almost good enough to eat!

August Accessories “Military Cap with Bow” Paging Blair Waldorf! If there’s any doubt in your mind about a cabbie hat having the power to transform ordinary into extraordinary; to turn slouch to starlet; to morph bland to beguiling…well, August Accessories’ Military Cap with Bow is most definitely it. The chocolate and pink shades work as one to blend dainty and demure with dark and dangerous; the end result being a debonair delight with the perennial possibility of prettying up every item in your closet. Tossing masculine touches to the wayside, the Military Cap with Bow embraces femininity at its finest, staying true to the color scheme of the headgear, while accommodating a captivating bow with brass button accent which keeps the acrid style adorable. You don’t have to say a word love; I already know that this cap will be perched upon your head from now until New Year’s!

Juicy Couture “Wool/Cashmere Newsboy Cap” Mes chéris, promise me you won’t fret. Don’t think of it as an emergency if you are draped in dark colors from head to toe. You can still be a petite pretty in pink mademoiselle as long as you have Juicy Couture’s Wool/Cashmere Newsboy Cap perched atop that no-nonsense noggin of yours. From the moment you slip this slouchy stunner on you’ll be in hat heaven, for the wool/cashmere blend is as soft as freshly-lotioned skin. But softness isn’t the key here…rather, it’s just one of the keys to happiness – the others are made up of tiny touches here, and covetsome additions there that make you over the moon – a single gold tone button that sits askew above the brim, and the tiny tab on the crown synonymous with berets; a piece of French flair for your all-American style. Maintenant...don't vous paraissez joli!

Forever 21 “Diamond-Shaped Cabbie Hat” Honestly, I’ve always known that diamonds were a girls best friend; but Forever 21’s Diamond-Shaped Cabbie Hat has made me much more aware of that sentiment courtesy of the categorically cute diamond pattern garnishing each and every nook and cranny of its surface. But the crème de la crème lies not in its ornament, mind you, nor in its affordability. It is the versatility factor that keeps the Diamond-Shaped Cabbie Hat a fashionable prize in my eyes; for the very Oliver Twist buttoned front strap? Well, my dears, it can be removed at a moment’s notice – you know, for those moments in life when you crave a little change, no matter how minimal. Mes amis, I hope you’re on your feet, for I’m already scooping these yarn-crafted gems up by the dozen – I’ll keep my fingers crossed that there are some left for you!

Are you ready to make cabbie chic your own?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to mark, Urban Outfitters, Bloomingdales, and Forever 21 for the pictures.


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27 comments

Laura Gerencser said...

I love the first and last ones!! I just don't know if they'd look good on me!!:( :):)

Little Bow Prep said...

The first two are super cute!

Lizzie said...

omg the Eugenia Kim one is toooo cute!

Couture Carrie said...

Loving cabbie chic, especially the Eugenia Kim cap ~ I am so glad she has a bridge line now!
Fantastic post, darling!

xoxox,
CC

Tasha said...

I'm a Mark rep and I love the first hat. Mark usually has great deals on stylish pieces. Although I've only used their makeup, I've never been disapointed!

clarewbrown said...

Fabulous! I can't wait to break out cozy hats for the winter months. I have never worn a cabbie hat, I will have to try one out for fall

jayne said...

I doubt I could pull one off, but I admire those who can

Emily said...

I wish I could pull off these hats, they're adorable.

ps -- I think we might have the same mind or something, you understand everything I write so well! I love your blog btw, you have a gift for describing things.

Sang said...

Thanks for the comment:]
yes I drew the woman, but i don't have a title for her:)
I'm glad you posted this up.
loving the newboy cap. maybe i should look for one!!

tricia said...

The hats are adorable!

Girl With The Bow Tie said...

I love the way you write! And I love all the hats, especially the pink one. It's so cute! The styles very much remind me of when I was 10 and in the Oliver Twist production at my school - I loved my hat sooo much :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!
girlwiththebowtie.blogspot.com

Kristin said...

Love that Juicy hat. BTW, your description of grey was poetry lady.

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Amelia said...

I definitely agree about the romanticism. I have a hat like these, but I don't think it looks that great on me. I might have to reconsider :)

Sherin said...

Wow, I love that last forever21 one. We really need one of those in London!!! I've tried on so many hats like this, but none fit my head properly.

Chelsea said...

Recently discovered your blog! Great cap choices.

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janettaylor said...

Must have pieces for the next season...

XoXo

Little Red said...

Such cute hats! I like the Juicy Couture one best. It's such a pretty shade of pink!

Keith said...

These are really cool. I've actually only ridden in a cab once. That was in Amsterdam.

Jaime said...

These are lovely- esp the tweed one! I have a gray cotton cabbie hat from H&M a few years ago...love it for fall :)

Dina's Days said...

I used to be nervous about wearing hats, then I realized how cute they are and stepped my game up. I love hat no. 1

The Haute-Shopper said...

Love the second one - definitely my favorite! I love how you can see an old-warm charm that goes along with being a NYC cab driver ;-) I think most people associate crazy impatient bad-tempered drivers instead. But I do associate a certain charm with London cabs... sigh.

yiqin; said...

I love it. Esp the knitted one? So fab.

Polished Sense said...

Favorite hat has to be the second one :) But I don't know if I look good in hats, my head is kind of square-ish round...(he he) Which one is your favorite :P

♡,
Jessica

All Women Stalker said...

I actually have a knitted one. But it does not agree with the shape of my face, I think.

-meream

myvogue said...

I love these hats - they are sexy and at the same time warm and comfortable for the colder months. Amazing finds!!!

Clarity said...

Good post, more hats please, comeback needed.

I like the style but wish they would make them low enough to cover the ears. Bookmarking.

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