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15 Summer Hats for Every Type of Situation

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Free People, J.Crew
Jun 16, 2022

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It’s an age-old truth: Wearing sunscreen and shielding your face from the hot summer sun are two things that are nonnegotiable for healthy, happy skin. So we’re officially declaring it a Hat Girl Summer.

We’ve found lots of beach hats and bucket hats so you won’t have to throw a towel over your face once sunbathing. We’ve also got baseball caps that will only add to your running errands ’fit. S’cute.

An adjustable baseball cap in baby pink…

Say hello to your new favorite go-to option when you’ve decided not to wash your hair. It’s a delightful shade of pink that’s perfect for the summer. Never been to California? Not to worry — loving Malibu is for everyone. ($35, Urban Outfitters)

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A Polo Ralph Lauren bucket hat for the beach or city…

The iconic pony logo. The crisp white cotton. Wear it with your bathing suit at the beach or throw it on for a picnic in the park. The possibilities are endless. ($49.50, Saks Fifth Avenue)

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A fashionable straw visor that comes in five colors…

Let the photos speak for themselves, this visor was made to be worn poolside. The brim is big enough to block out harsh rays, while the band has elastic so it’ll stretch to fit your head. Choose from one of the five color-blocked styles, including black and pink. ($34, Free People)

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A fedora for a pop of color…

Top off your outfit with either the pink, white, or green, and you’ll be summer-ready. It’s made of straw with a cotton lining, so it won’t make your head hot. We think it goes just as well with a sundress as a T-shirt and shorts. ($58, Anthropologie)

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A wide-brim hat made of canvas…

If straw hats are not your style vibe, this one is made of premium canvas with UPF 50+ protection. It’s also pre-treated to be water-resistant (perfect for wearing at the beach if you want coverage while in the ocean). The retro floral print under the brim is a delightful surprise, while the under-neck tie will keep it from blowing off your head when a gust of wind comes. ($79, Revolve)

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A floppy straw hat with a wide brim…

This hat is made of paper straw, which makes it way more bendable and easily packable for your next tropical getaway. The ultra-wide brim will keep your whole face shielded, helping you to stay cool even as temps rise. Customers say that even though it only comes in one size, it still fits larger heads. ($39.50, J.Crew)

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A trucker hat that’ll give you a big Insta moment…

It may feel like a throwback, but trucker hats are back. This bright blue version has “Oui” printed in red across the front for some slight cheekiness. We love the mesh back for proper ventilation in the summertime. Wear this at the beach for a vintage look or pair with a workout set for a casual Sunday brunch. ($45, Shopbop)

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A classic straw hat that’s adjustable…

If you have a larger head, it can be hard to find a sun hat that fits perfectly. This one has a band inside that can be pulled tighter on windier days. If hats can sometimes give you a headache, you can loosen the band for a more comfortable fit. It’s also lightweight and can be easily packed in your suitcase or beach bag. It comes in a few bright colors if you prefer to go bold. ($24.99+, Amazon)

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A floppy bucket hat if you’re flower-obsessed…

Say hello to another straw option but with a little added pizzazz. This one has yellow sunflowers on it, and comes in four natural colors. It’s packable and won’t break or tear. Customers love that there’s an adjustable wire so you can flip up the brim and it’ll stay in place. ($18.99, Amazon)

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An adjustable baseball cap that celebrates love…

It’s Pride Month, after all. This cotton cap has a rainbow-stitched message to help you be an ally every day. Each sale donates to PFLAG, one of the largest LGBTQ+ organizations. ($54.50, J.Crew)

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A striped big sun hat with UPF protection…

The floppier the better, we always say. This one is made of sun-blocking fabric with UPF 50+ protection. It has an extra-large brim, but won’t block your vision. It comes in black, natural, and navy. Customers like that it even partially covers their shoulders. ($49, Amazon)

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A colorful baseball hat that’s more sporty…

We love a micro floral print. This nylon cap is breathable and pairs well with any athleisure outfit. You can even workout in it since the back is adjustable to tighten around your ponytail. Customers love that it can be cleaned easily if you’re worried about it getting sweaty as you run or bike. ($12, Target)

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An adorable straw visor with an adjustable tie in the back…

It’s incredibly lightweight and features a straw brim and fabric band. The neutral color goes with just about anything, so consider it a wardrobe must-have. It can be worn anywhere, including a summer day party where you’ll be standing in the sun for hours. Plus, as an added bonus it has UPF 50+ sun protection. ($31, Nordstrom)

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A baseball cap that won’t mess up your hair…

This cap is lined with satin, so it won’t cause frizz or breakage, even if you wear it all day long. It’s perfect for running errands in between hair wash days, and comes in black, pink, and denim. ($27.50, HSN)

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A sporty cap that’s great for running…

This sweat-wicking nylon hat will keep you cool and comfortable while out for a morning jog, but is also great for doing anything active outside on a hot day (gardening, tennis, you name it). It comes in four colors, but we’re partial to the white. Truly nothing like a crisp white hat in the summertime. ($19.99, Puma)

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