When I first started modeling, I didn’t know much about fashion or top designers. I had to learn quickly to take it to the next level! So, how did I do it? I studied magazines, the people around me, and developed my own taste. I didn’t have much cash, but I learned early on how to “fake it till I make it.” And sometimes that meant getting extremely creative.
To this day, I still don’t act on all my shopping impulses. If I see something while I’m out and about, I take a couple days to mull it over. Recently, while browsing in Beverly Hills, I noticed a Yosuzi hat that I literally had to have. It was bright, perfect for the beach, and unfortunately, a little expensive. While I’m all about investment pieces (and this was a great hat!) I decided it would be a perfect time to take my DIY skills to the designer level.
I’m not exactly saying that I won’t end up forking over the cash for this hat (we all have our weaknesses!); I’m just saying that I made a version that may do the trick.
If you’re in the market for a new hat or want to custom make your own, follow this simple step-by-step to get a little luxe for less!
- Straw hat of your choice
- 3 spools of colorful yarn (I love neon these days!)
- Pom-pom maker (optional)
- Start by wrapping various colors of yarn around the brim of your straw hat and securing by tying all together in the front. The pom-poms will be covering the knot so don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Keep wrapping until you have the desired look.
- For a thicker style, take the same colors of yarn and braid together. Add to the brim of the hat.
- To make pom-poms, you can either use a pom-pom maker (like this one) or manually make your own. To DIY, start by wrapping a piece of yarn around a few of your fingers. Keep wrapping until you have a thick amount—the poofier the better!
- Once you have enough yarn, carefully remove the yarn from your fingers and wrap another piece of yarn around the middle of the loops. Pull the yarn around the center super tight and tie it in a knot to hold the yarn loops in place. Leave some longer strings at the end so you’ll be able to add to the yarn tied to the brim of the hat.
- Carefully trim the outer edges of yarn with scissors. Tie the pom-poms to the other yarn where the first knots were made. It should look like this:
Once pom-poms are secured, feel free to add more simple yarn or braids to add more color. And, there you have it! A luxe for less hat for the season.
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.