Katie Donbavand

Katie Donbavand

Contributing Editor

Katie Donbavand is a writer with strong opinions about jaunty brims and firmly believes that a cloche is just a bucket hat that grew up. She moonlights as a contributing fashion editor for PopSugar and InStyle, but her day job is a strategist for the Wall Street Journal. Currently living a few blocks from Wrigley Field, she has also written for Sports Illustrated, the Chicago Tribune, and Not for Tourists.

Gucci models wearing cowboy hats walk the runway in Los Angeles

Alessandro Michele’s Modern Cowboy Hat Makeover is Beautiful Strange

By Katie Donbavand

Modern cowboy hat shapes made a strange appearance in an unexpected place: the dream-soaked streets of La La Land.  A phalanx of models and iconic modern celebrities including Macaulay Culkin and Jared Leto strolled down Hollywood Boulevard. They wore beautiful strange rodeo wear, remixed with black and neutral color modern cowboy hats with traditional wide,…

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Red Brim Hats: In Praise of Artful Details

By Katie Donbavand

I was recently scrolling through fashion pictures looking for some new season inspiration when something stopped me. I froze, mid-scroll. Rachel Lindsay and her tan boater hat with contrasting brim trim color outlining her chapeau. The author, podcaster, Extra correspondent, and forever the best lead to ever come out of The Bachelorette was attending a…

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Unexpected Ways to Pick and Style Mens Felt Hats

By Katie Donbavand

We’ve been playing it safe for almost two years now in every aspect of life.  For months, fashion had been reduced to nothing more than matching sweat suits and above the waist dressing (in case of Zoom meeting). No stylish men’s felt hats have been worn during all those long, couch-bound quarantine days doing puzzles…

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Women's Felt Hats

16 Ways to Wear Women’s Felt Hats Like a Fashion Insider

By Katie Donbavand

After a lifetime of reporting on fashion, I’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of trends. It happens each fashion week, season after season, as a phalanx of long-legged supermodels parade across catwalks. New promises from designers and magazine editors are made. They swear that this one style or this one color (“puce is the new black!”)…

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Wide brim women's pork pie hat at Chanel Haute Couture in Paris

Not for Wall Flowers: The Thrilling Misfit Energy of Women’s Pork Pie and Straw Boater Hats

By Katie Donbavand

To describe a straw boater hat, you have to embrace what it isn’t. It’s a fedora, but not quite. Its brim is trimmer and tighter than a fedora. It’s a bowler hat, but not quite. A boater hat doesn’t have that pleasantly domed top and, instead, traditionally features a folded or flat, smooth top. That…

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