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Summer Hat Trends

6.28.2011 WRITTEN BY Ashley How to Wear, What to Wear

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Personally, I have never been a huge fan of summer hats. Don’t get me wrong, I love to wear my beanies and knit skull caps during those cold winter months, but I think that it’s more function over fashion the temp dips below freezing. I never considered summer hats a staple for me. My head, along with every other part of my body, tends to get overheated and sticky in the summer heat, so I never thought that putting a hat on would help the situation. Recently, though, my summer hat attitude did a 180 when I bought my first summer hat…the classic oversized floppy straw hat and I immediately fell in love. The summer hat is fashionable and oh, so functional. In addition to being the perfect topper to an already killer ensemble, a hat can protect you from the sun and keep you cool. It’s perfect for the beach or pounding the pavement of the big city. Along with my newly discovered love of hats came the sudden eye opening realization that there are so many styles to choose from.

The  Fedora

The fedora is undoubtedly one of the coolest hat styles out there. It’s great to see it translated into a summer hat in breathable fabrics like cotton and straw. If this is one of your favorite styles for fall and winter then I suggest you give the summer version a try.

Christy’s Crown Series Bentley Fedora,$48,  villagehatshop.com

The classic Wide Brim Floppy

The classic floppy is a summer hat staple and even more so with 70’s fashion back in style this year. Add a pop of color to any look with a wide brimmed hat like the one seen below or keep it neutral with a natural straw finish. If you’ve never owned a summer hat, try this classic for a look that works on almost everyone.

Jeanne Simmons Tiffany Widebrim Hat, $21.95, villagehatshop.com


The Cowboy Hat





The cowboy hat isn’t just for spring break or Kenny Chesney concerts, ladies. It is such a fun hat style and topping off with a cowboy hat instantly makes a tee and shorts combo a complete look that’s easy and fun. A picture a mid-summer farmer’s market in this little number.

Acapulco Shapeable Straw Cowboy Hat, $35.98, hatcountry.com


The Visor





The visor is like the “un-hat” or half of a hat. In fact, even though it’s classified as a hat I almost see it as cool alternative to one. It provides a rim to shade our eyes from the sun but it’s also kind to our hair by not smashing down the style. I can remember wearing a visor when I was a child but it’s great to see it styled for adults and by adults I don’t just mean seniors in Boca. The visor has been re-invented to embrace a level of unexpected chic. I love the variety of rim sizes and styles. If you’re having trouble committing to a full hat then the visor could be a great option for you. Check Eric Javits for visors that are full of flair!

A new hat may be just around the corner for you too. Enjoy your summer sun in style!

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