As a fair-skinned Irish girl who is trying to wean myself off hair damaging agents such as hot tools and too much shampoo, a good hat has become my BFF this summer. Hats pack a perfect one-two punch: the accessory provides UV protection while also disguising a bad hair day. Plus, a fantastic hat can immediately spruce up an outfit and draws attention to what I consider a girl’s best asset, her smile.
I’ve rotated between classic baseball caps and more fashion-forward floppy hats this summer season. J. Crew and Tuckernuck currently carry some of my favorite caps that feature bright colors, embroidered embellishments, and preppy prints. These aren’t your brother’s ratty baseball caps; one of these cute caps are perfect to throw on for brunch, post-gym, or a day out on the boat.
Take one walk through SoHo and you’ll be hit by a sea of neutral-colored floppy hats. I was inspired by this effortless street style and picked up a cheap felt skimmer when I first experimented with the trend. Keep your eyes out for a wide brim and interesting details like a feather or beaded trim, color-blocking tones, or unique patches and pins.
I’ve dressed up this versatile black hat with a structured sundress and strappy sandals for sunset cocktails atop rooftop bars and then transitioned it for a casual look the next morning paired with denim cutoffs and gladiator sandals.
My one word to the wise: make sure to try on your hat before purchasing. Every hat has a different fit and it is not worth the headache to squeeze into a too-tight topper.
Here are our favorite picks that will have you made in the shade: