Style Suite: Hats Off to Stellar Professional Polish

Style Suite: Hats Off to Stellar Professional Polish

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Welcome to the Style Suite with Kéla Walker, your source for fashion and style trends for power plays in the workplace. Every Tuesday and Thursday, she’ll share tips and suggestions to help maximize your style on a budget. Whether you’re the style devil in Prada or the apprentice with limited apparel, you’ll find something in the Style Suite to suit your needs.

Recently, someone tweeted me, asking, “Is It okay to wear a hat to work?” The answer is yes and no. I think it all depends on your office and the type of environment you work in. Wearing one in a creative and carefree environment, sure, but in corporate and financial settings, probably not not a good idea. But while it may be okay for some and not for others, one thing is for sure, everyone can wear a hat to work.

I work in a creative field, so I fall on the yes side, but I get that it can be a little weird wearing a hat while working. That hasn’t stopped me from donning the latest hot hat on my commute to work and paring it with different coats. I love it. There’s something about adding a fly fedora to your outerwear that makes you stand out from the crowd. It’s an accessory that makes a statement of confidence. Whenever I wear hats, people definitely notice. It makes a statement and has some people secretly asking themselves if they too can carry it off.

The answer is a resounding yes. Really, anyone can wear a hat. It’s just about finding the right fit for you.

Retailers across the country offer hats in a variety of styles that stand out from the mundane. The key is to just go into a store and try a few on to see what suits your face and head. Experiment.

The next time you’e getting ready to head off to work, top off your look with a hat. It’s OK if you can’t wear it in the office. How you arrive to the Style Suite is equally important as how you work the suite itself.

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Kéla Walker is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated producer and TV host, who has contributed lifestyle and entertainment content for outlets including NBC’s LXTV, Getty Images, YRB Magazine, Madame Noire, and RTL Germany. She also has a passion for fashion and offers the latest in fab fashion trends and consumer deals Her chic style and trendsetting blog has been lauded by sites including and Huffington Post Black Voices.