Personal Shopper: Brims for Brooke

Brooke writes: "I don't mean to bogart the Outblush, but you have helped me once before with my crack problem (plumber' in jeans) so I'm hoping you can help me again. I'm 36 and have two small children that I am constantly outside with during the summer going to the farmer's market, zoo, picnics, festivals, parks, etc. I have been looking for a hat to protect my face from the sun but am lost as to what style I should wear. I love fedoras, but feel like I would look like the dorky, wannabe hipster mom. I like a good cloche too, but feel like that might take me the other direction to dowdy, clueless mom. Can you suggest some styles for me? I'd like a lightweight straw hat as my thick hair already keeps my head pretty toasty. Please help! Thanks!"

As a mother of two wee ones myself, I can sympathize with you on every level. Especially about looking like an incapable mess. What I have discovered is that, no matter what you're wearing, as long as your kids are clothed and not screaming about how much their mommy hates Grandma, you will appear to have it together well enough. So treat yourself and your skillz to a sweet new hat.

1. Tilly's Straw Womens Banded Fedora ($13)
2. H&M Straw Hat ($11)
3. Designers Remix Panmhat Summer Straw Hat ($69)
4. genie by Eugenia Kim Darcy Paper Crochet Fedora with Knot ($70)
5. Mossimo Supply Co. Blue Straw Cloche Hat ($13)
6. Coal The Adelaide Hat ($30)
7. Topshop Straw Cloche Hat ($40)
8. August Hat Asymmetrical Cloche ($28)

atribution.jpgMagzilla here: When I'm not busy eating my way to the bottom of a ginger candy bag, I'm tweezing my eyebrows. I prefer the hard-core body modification scene, but can also appreciate a ruffle or bow when I see one. Beauty and barrels of maternity/kid crap are my specialties. When you need help finding the right shade of eyeliner to match that new shade of "I haven't slept in days" tint your skin gets after a baby or four, call on me. Loudly.

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Posted on 06.27.12 at 6:06 AM

Thanks for all the great suggestions, Magzilla!

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