Back to School 2014 – hats and hair accessories

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Australian schools and preschools the country over are Sun Smart schools. It means that when school resumes and time in the playground beckons, hats are an absolute essential.

With a wide brim providing plenty of shade, Penny Scallan has kids covered with superb and practical sunhats. Available in a range of Penny Scallan’s signature prints (Big City and Chirpy Bird shown above), they’re just the ticket for looking (and staying) cool. Hats are $24.95 with delivery available Australia-wide.

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It’s never too soon to be sun smart and at Bedhead, they’ve got all sorts of hats to fit every little head. What sets Bedhead hats apart? They’re made of soft, stretchy cotton that’s cool to wear and the hats are carefully designed to fit newborns right through to kids aged eight years. Choose from a traditional bucket hat (above) or Legionnaire style to the outrageously adorable Paper Boy Cap, available in twelve summery shades. Hats are priced from $18.95 and Bedhead ship Australia-wide.

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There are plenty of hats by our favourite designers to be found at Little Styles. My picks are from Hootkid – their collection includes a ‘distressed’ vintage Atlanta cap, on-trend print fedoras and caps with ‘bite’. All Hootkid hats are $24.95.

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For a huge range of hats with sun smart style in mind, head over to Kids Outdoor Gear. Bucket hats, wide-brimmed sun hats, Legionnaire caps and even hats to fit over bike helmets, all available in a wide selection of prints and plain fabrics. I love the pastel Florida hat for girls with a hole at the back for ponytails and for boys, the spunky checked Grommie floppy hat.

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And now to keep hair off hot little faces. I’m fairly certain a lot of mums wore bobbles to school and a whole new generation are accessorising with retro style thanks to Red Bobble. Available in a huge range of colours, single bobbles are $4 each or you can mix-and-match with an eight pack for $28.

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For those not restricted by school uniform colours, reacquaint yourself with all the lovely hair clips at Etsy’s Bacino. Bacino use double prong alligator clips and the cutest of woven ribbons for each of their handmade clips. They’re lined with plush velvet for a firm grip that remains gentle on the finest of hair. Bacino clips are priced from $4.90 and can be shipped anywhere in Australia.

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Keep your hair and your week in order with adorable Days of the Week clips by Chloe in Style. We featured these clips many years ago on Babyology and quite frankly, I’m still coveting them. That means I should just buy them, right?! These tiny works of art (see, I’m justifying my purchase) are CAN$80.50 a set.

At Etsy’s A Stitch in Time you’ll find lots of sweet school-inspired hair clips including pencils, school buses, monogrammed shapes and the cutest ‘cookies and milk’ pair of clips. Clips start from US$3.50 and A Stitch in Time ships internationally.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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