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Beach days are almost upon us as temperatures will soon be rising in the Northern Hemisphere. We’d like to think of hats as not just summertime accessories but as necessities (or maybe that’s just us looking for an excuse to do some summer shopping). You really can’t, and shouldn’t, spend an entire day at the beach without a topper to shield you from the sun. So, you might as well make it count, at least in fashion terms.
You really can’t go wrong with a fedora––it has such a universal appeal to both women and men. Our guess is because the style is both flattering and amps up the cool factor of any outfit.
If your main concern is the sun, opt for a hat with a wider brim. Those made from natural materials, such as raffia, are of course the best choice for the warm days ahead of us.
Keep scrolling for our selection of the chicest Panama hats, fedoras, boaters, trilbies, and sombreros, to complement your summer outfits.
Lack of Color Hutton Sun Hat
This vintage-inspired sun hat flaunts a boater’s silhouette with a wider brim for maximum sun protection. This beauty is also certified with UPF Rating of 50+ so you’d definitely want to pack it for a day at the beach.
To buy: $149, lackofcolor.com
Eugenia Kim Harlowe Hat
Crafted from natural Agave fibers, this fedora sports an elegant band with Swarovski pearls. We’d wear it with a maxi dress and wedges.
To buy: $475, shopbop.com
Borsalino Grosgrain-trimmed Straw Panama Hat
Borsalino has over 150 years of hat making experience and quality is at the forefront of their design process (which, by the way, according to the company takes exactly 52 steps). This classic Panama hat is crafted in Italy from white straw and sports a black grosgrain ribbon––the perfect addition to a light summer suit.
To buy: $35, mrporter.com
Pippa Holt Small Sombrero Hat
Pair this mini sombrero with a breezy coverup for a trendy beach look. It’s made from palm leaves and flaunts a beautiful cord band with tassels.
To buy: $235, modaperandi.com
Scala Straw Men’s Trilby
This narrow-brimmed raffia hat is the stylish daytime accessory you need for your next beach getaway.
To buy: $80, nordstrom.com
Benoit Missolin Irene Tasseled Straw Hat
If you’re headed to the French Riviera this summer, pick up this gorgeous straw hat from Provence-native designer Benoit Missolin. This chic piece is crafted from a mix of raffia and pedal straw and cuts a wide-brimmed silhouette.
To buy: $405, modaoperandi.com
Tommy Bahama Safari Panama Straw Fedora
Even if a safari is not in the works for you any time soon, this hat is a worthy purchase. It’s really the details that make it such a stylish addition to your summer wardrobe, namely the perforated design and the contrasting band.
To buy: $136, nordstrom.com
PS Paul Smith Multicolor Band Hat
This straw hat oozes such a laid-back summer vibe. We can see ourselves lounging under a palm tree on a white sand beach in Bermuda wearing this exact fedora.
To buy: $150, farfetch.com
Rag&Bone Panama Hat
Top off your summer outfits with this stylish straw Panama hat. We love the classic black and white combination and that can be styled with everything.
To buy: $230, shopbop.com
Eric Javits Hampton Straw Sun Hat
Elegant and functional (it blocks 95 percent of UVA and UVB rays), this wide-brimmed hat comes in a gorgeous and eye-catching lilac hue.
To buy: $198, nordstrom.com