Runway vs. Reality: Hats Worth Wearing From Paris Fashion Week

Not everything you see on the catwalk should make your closet

Men's headwear as seen at Paris Fashion Week F/W ’15 collections: (from left) Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, AMI, Saint Laurent, Dior Homme.

Source: Ami (AMI via Bloomberg Pursuits); All others (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

That's it, fashion fans. The proverbial fat lady has sung—or rather, since this is Paris Fashion Week, a skinny Hedi Slimane took a bow after the Saint Laurent F/W ’15 collection debut and concluded menswear month in Europe

But before we head home to New York, let's play Runway vs. Reality one last time, a game in which we take a catwalk trend we simultaneously loved and hated and show you the best way to actually pull it off. (Previous editions: "teddy bear" coats, baggy pants, oversize scarves, and fur.)

Today's trend: Headwear

Men's headwear as seen at Paris Fashion Week F/W ’15 collections: (from left) Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, AMI, Saint Laurent, Dior Homme.
Men's headwear as seen at Paris Fashion Week F/W ’15 collections: (from left) Comme des Garçons Homme Plus, AMI, Saint Laurent, Dior Homme.
Source: Ami (AMI via Bloomberg Pursuits); All others (Photo by Catwalking/Getty Images)

AMI, one of our four Parisian labels to know, showed us the proper way to wear a beanie in his new F/W '15 collection (above, second from left), a signature twist on his prep school-meets-bad boy aesthetic. The collection consisted of exceptional outwear and acid wash denim, and like his clothes, the headwear was all about the fit: not oversize (think hobo or LA "actor") and not too tight (like a wool swimming cap), but just loosely, snugly right. Dior Homme (far right) also nailed the headwear game. We applaud Kriss Van Assche for pairing dressed-up elegance with a plain black baseball cap, injecting that casual-yet-über-cool sporty vibe into the tux. Suits with sneakers have been a major trend the past few years, so it was only a matter of time before baseball caps joined the fray. Whether it's designer or  your go-to weekend rig (à la Mitchell & Ness or New Era) repping your favorite sports team, just make sure it's as clean and fitted as the suit you're pairing with it. 

Now, on the less-than-functional end of the spectrum: headwear that should stay on the runway. Hedi Slimane always delivers and as expected brought skinny silhouettes and kick-ass rocker vibes to life in his latest Saint Laurent collection, but he went a bit overboard with what seems to be a French beret (above, second from right). Advice for life: Let the French do their thing. Everybody may be a hat person, yes, but unless you're a school girl or a Parisian artist, leave that beret on the rack. (While we're at it, skip that cheetah-print top, too.) And although we said back in September that bucket hats were a trend, we may reconsider; the Amish-looking version from Comme des Garçon Homme Plus (above left) is not what we had in mind. 

(Moti Ankari is the associate market editor for Bloomberg. Follow him on Twitter @motiankari and Instagram @themetroman or contact him at mankari@bloomberg.net.)

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