10.27.2009

Tightwad Tuesday: Free People Lolita Stud Hat for Less

Please don’t, darlings. Do not attempt to leave the house without properly accessorizing your ensemble. You may think that your cocktail dress is fine as is, but it would look so much more tantalizing if embellished with a statement necklace. And I can’t tell you how much more enticing your simple t-shirt would be if only transformed into designer fashion with a Collective Eighteen Pleated Chiffon Scarf in Red Pepper. Ignoring the lure and the masterful power of accessories is completely out of the realms of my way of thinking. I only hope that such behavior never crosses your mind either, kittens.

Of course, the accessory in question is not of the baubled variety this time. Sure, it sparkles and twinkles in its own way, but the shimmering splendor has more to do with the studs spotting its surface than with any type of diamond decoration; a fabrication that turns ordinary into extraordinary – a minute garnishment that is bold and brazen yet soft and demure all at once. Oui, Free People’s Lolita Stud Hat is all this and more.

Aside from a knit beret sitting snugly atop my hair every now and then, the closest I ever get to a hat is a very ladylike headband perched atop the crown of my head like a princess’s tiara; but I have seen one too many cute band boys as of late rocking fedoras, and I am convinced that my wardrobe is in dire need of one – even if it only comes out in the dead of night for crazy parties. I refuse, however, to forgo feminine detailing, which is why I am so smitten with the Lolita Stud Hat.

The stud adorned double-wrap buckled strap that criss-crosses about the inner brim is a splash of girly glam with the ability to make one feel like a rebellious rocker chick – not a groupie, mind you – and would make for the most wonderful accessory for a wild Saturday night starring you and your out of control friends. Unfortunately, the telltale piece of the puzzle that I am completely not smitten with is the $98.00 pricetag. I refuse to pay such an exorbitant price for a fedora – albeit a fabulous one – that will be spending more time in my closet than on my head. Luckily, Forever 21, as is their custom, is here to save the day.

The Shiny Dot Trim Fedora, while not outfitted in studs, has a brim covered in dazzling sequins which are easily as effective at casting a pinch of radiance about your person, and making you a glitzy sight to behold no matter the atmosphere. And at $12.80 it is most certainly a more budget-friendly addition to your amassment of accessories.

Are you having a tightwad moment darlings, or are you plagued with a craving to splurge?


Fashionably yours!


Thanks to Free People and Forever 21 for the pictures.
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48 comments

Peter Breese said...

Wonderful post.

Jacqueline said...

splurge craving. I need a hat now and the one on top is lookin good. Fabulous post!

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miriam said...

great post, E! if you have spare one give it to me : ) xx.

Inspiration in Italy said...

Oh I LOVE this hat and I agree - the little extra touch can add so much to an outfit. I love hats in general, especially this one. Great post, love!!!

xoxo
Rachel

kpeach said...

v cute-and I love the dress in the image xx

Diane said...

both look great! i think i like the look of the free people one more...but there is no way i'd spend $98 on a hat. so the forever21 version is a GREAT alternative!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

I think that hat with a fancy black dress or a casual black blazer would be adorable!! And I'm so happy F21 has a cheap, cute version of it. :)

jeannie said...

what an adorable hat!!

Couture Cookie said...

I really like fedoras... on other people! I just can't figure out how to put one on and still look like myself. :)

Berets, on the other hand, are a long time favorite of mine. I'll stick to a plain knit one, though - no studs below my neckline!

Blondie said...

This is adorable! I never wear hats, because for some reason I feel like I never have the right outfit for them. This inspires me to head out and purchase a few fun accessories! Great post! Happy Tuesday! Kori xoxo

ana said...

I want a hat for this winter
This one is so pretty!!! and black... my fav color for winter :)

Leah said...

I love that studded fedora... I really love hats and I wear them every chance I get.

Have a great Tuesday!

Jaime said...

I like the Free People one better but I'd prob get the F21 one because of the price. Both are cute!

Keith said...

That is really cool. I love it. I love that pic of the hot chick with it on. I hope your week started off well. Cheers!

Winnie said...

I don't really wear hats apart from woolen ones in the winter.

Luinae said...

I agree, accessories are so important. That's why one of my A/W style resoutions was to wear an accessory everyday.

S.Elisabeth said...

Ooh the save version is gorgeous. And I agree a girl must never leave without accessories.

The Pocket Stylist said...

This Hat is fab! I completely agree I always add accesories They make each outfit unique!!

Little Red said...

Both hats are lovely, however, I would definitely splurge this time. :) I love the look of the studs on the Free People hat.

Belle de Ville said...

I would love a proper evening hat with that cocktail dress...maybe something very Audrey Hepburn...
but the brimmed hat seems a little off for evening. But it would be perfect in the daytime.

Elizabeth Marie said...

I look like a dork in hats! SO FRUSTRATING! I wish I looked like the Free People model, how fun would that be?! lol.

I love how you put your posts together, have I mentioned that? XO

Sherin said...

Mmmm, pretty hats! I only have a few hats and am trying to expand my collection quickly. I love both of these ones, but I'd have to go for the cheaper option.

Dina's Days said...

I have never worn a hat like this before, it looks so cute on other people..but I'm still working up the nerve to do it!! I just embraced hats 2 winters ago..baby steps!

Tights Lover said...

I love these hats. The sequined one is not bad at all for the price. Great post!

Erin said...

Oooo hats. I love hats and especially fedoras... oh so classic. I'm still trying to figure out how to get them to work for me but when someone gets a hat to look just so, the effect is lovely.

Kristin said...

I would definitely go with the frugal version. Just as cute! And accessorizing is like frosting...vital to the cupcake!

Fashion By He said...

love girls in hats!! great site

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Fashion Court said...

i really like that style! i like hats but i don't like how i look in them lol :P i maaay give this a try though

The Blonde Duck said...

I like her lace shirt better!

Melissa Blake said...

How beautiful! I love the design on it!

Mimi said...

very cute!! i love to accessorize and this is a fun and easy way to do it! studs make anything 100 times better!

Becca. said...

i'm wearing a collective eighteen scarf and a t-shirt at the moment!
spooky!
thankyou for the lovely comment :)
i'm glad my posts are inspiring you erica :)
check out my latest post, i have a new feature. it's called train-wreck
:)
XOXO, BECCA
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Taylor Sterling said...

Gorgeous hat! I need that for fall and winter. Today I was interviewing college kids and my hair was blowing around like crazy. Think how cute this would be!

Couture Carrie said...

Both of these fedoras are ROCKIN, darling!

Love them!

And thanks for your sweet comment on my new banner :)

xoxox,
CC

Miss Neira said...

Hot hat! LOVE!

Valencia Lia said...

Woww !! A studded hat for less and it still looks as good :)

I really need one of the hats,perfect to jazz up any outfit !

bryna said...

as always, a wonderful post.

michelle_ said...

thanks for ur lovely comment . basically made me smile :) hahaha..
thanks for the post . i checked my local F21 and sadly they dont have the hat :(

btw, love the foldable ballet post on the previous post :D

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Fashionista said...

love that hat...!!!

Emily said...

can't beat that $12.80 price tag at F21! What did I ever do before that place?

Elizabeth Marie said...

Check my blog, darling! XO

Meg said...

Great post. I did all my splurging over the weekend (though they were massive sale splurges), so I am definately in tightwad mode 9as usually).

Marian said...

i love the dynamic hats add to an outfit! hey add personality and punch!
xx
marian

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Hey, found your blog through Ms. Lizzy Marie. I'm all about NYC, ballet flats, and childlike innocence too!

Thanks for the hat share - love the subtle and rocking look!

Chloé said...

Great studs I see on that hat! Plus, that lace top is amazing, I'm currently in love with lace anything, so well.
great post, darling! xoxo

The Haute-Shopper said...

Ooh, I love these hats! Thanks for sharing... I'm a fan of anything studded and I've been neglecting the hat area for a while...

All Women Stalker said...

Close to a hundred dollars for a hat? That's atrocious. Thank god for F21. haha

-meream

Katherine said...

SUPER cute. LOVE this!
Katherine
http://www.LIAISONbyKatherine.com

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