Handy Band

This is the outfit I quickly popped on to accompany Nick on an impromptu walk over to Spadina Steet the other day.

I didn’t have much time to get dressed since he already had his shoes on when I decided to join him! So I went with one of my go-to casual outfits, which is a black dress that I’ve had for a long time and have used in so many different ways. It’s pretty short, so I always wear something underneath.

But the reason for this post is really more about the hat that I popped on for sun protection, and an idea about how to accessorize any solid coloured, bucket-style hat. This is something I first thought of when packing for a vacation to the beach last year, and needed to conserve suitcase space.

My hat is a soft cotton knit attached to an encased metal ring that forms the brim, and it flattens right down, making it great for traveling, but it’s really quite plain and can use some jazzing up.

So I used some nylon hairbands (that I got in a four-pack at the Dollar Store) as a hat-band! I just put the hat on and pulled the stretchy band over it, with no pinning required. Extra good is that it tightens the hat to your head so it won’t blow off easily. With a matching bracelet I could add variety to a black outfit, without taking up much luggage room. Presto!

The nice thing about this is that if you’re wandering around and want to stop for lunch, or take your picture beside a colour co-ordinated flower bush, you can just take the hat off and wear the hairband!