We’re fanning the flames of a trend we’ve spotted on fashionable women out and about: the bolero hat. Whereas previous seasons were all about swooping fedoras and floppy ’70s hats, this fall fashionable headwear has a flat crown, a razor-straight brim and a stiff body made of wool felt.

Boleros dramatically frame the face and hair. Here are some styling tips to pull off this dramatic yet wearable look.

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Start Small

Want to ease into a more constructed hat? Start with a modified boater with a narrower brim. Wear it at a rakish, sideways angle.

Similar style by Free People ($68)

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Tip It Back

Unlike with fedoras, you want to wear the bolero pushed up off your forehead. Ideally, the brim forms a sort of halo around your head. 

Hat Attack ($80)

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Go Casual

In Los Angeles, you don’t have to wait for cool weather to wear a wool hat--don it with short sleeves and sunglasses. 

Hats by Westerlind ($89)

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Get Deconstructed

An edgy version of the bolero is topless, to be worn over just your locks or a headscarf.

Hat by Brookes Boswell ($175)

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Lighten Up

The bolero’s clean, straight lines are especially attractive in lighter shades like winter white or cream.

Similar style by Brixton Buckley ($98)

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