Though we hate to state the obvious, if wearing a hat makes you automatically think bad hair day then you're doing it wrong. The recent rash of models off-duty sporting '90s nostalgic ball caps should be proof enough: once strictly the domain of incognito celebrities, its popularity in all iterations (from dizzying all-over prints to sleek leather) has officially cemented the cap as a necessity among the street style set.
But that's hardly the only topper making a recent resurgence. Even kitschier styles, like transparent visors and cat-eared berets (the latter made by big designers like Maison Michel and Eugenia Kim), have been seen on the more adventurous. Those in search of more traditional styles can give a wide-brimmed nod to the shady ladies at Saint Laurent, opting for darker, slightly more dramatic styles. And bad hair days aside, hats are the perfect solution to extending the life of day-old blowouts—no dry shampoo required.
J.Crew Panama hat, $68, jcrew.com.