Goorin Style Profile is a platform to feature bold individuals with genuine character in the latest Goorin Bros. collections. We pride ourselves in combining classic tradition with contemporary flavor - just like the men and women who don our hats. This month, we introduce Dale Janeé Steliga. She is an image consultant and fashion stylist in San Francisco and the beauty behind Savvy Spice.
Wearing a hat can signify many things, what does it mean to you?
Wearing a hat to me is a fashion statement, but it's also a crucial element in my wardrobe for days when I'm having crazy hair. If a man or woman throws on a sweater and jeans, a stylish hat and oxfords can pull the entire look together.
What advice would you give to individuals who are hesitant or scared of wearing hats?
The best advice I would give to anyone who is hesitant about wearing a hat is to face their fashion fear and go to Goorin Bros. or any hat store and simply start trying on all different styles and colors. Asking pros to help choose a few styles will get anyone more comfortable in a hat. Occasionally when I'm styling someone they say, "my head is too 'this' or 'that' for a hat." Once a person can get comfortable for five minutes in a hat, that's all it takes.
When styling yourself or a client, what are the key points to keep in mind?
When styling myself or a client, I keep in mind the person's sense of style. If they wear suits or blazers 90% of the time, I'd recommend a fedora. If a client lives in casual wear or denim, I'd recommend a cadet or flatcap. A person needs to feel comfortable in whatever hat they're buying, but it's also important they know the hat will go with the majority of their wardrobe. For anyone that has a combo style and likes to stay on the cutting edge of fashion, I'd definitely keep the "New Releases" bookmarked on my favorites.
What does being "bold" mean to you?
Bold means making a statement by taking a risk and standing out. I'm not talking about a Lady Gaga kind of fashion risk; but a risk that's individual to the person because we all have different levels of fashion risks we're willing to take. Whether it's heading out for the night in a fedora or wearing a floppy to my next girl's night out, trying something new is being bold.
Dale is wearing Laura Wilder from our Heritage Collection. Her hat features a customized leather band and tassel adorned with feathers. This hat may have been inspired by the western frontier but Dale gives it a modern contemporary look.
View more of Dale on Savvy Spice.
View the rest of our Heritage Collection with new shapes for both men and women.