What is the best way to welcome summer into your wardrobe? Though you could answer anything else, for me it would certainly be a sun hat. As I grew up in a most unfashionable time (and place), wearing a hat for kids my age was a taboo thing, an exclusive elderly, albeit laughable style. And so everyone was roasting under the scorching sun just to keep their cool status. Thanks to the fashion universe (and global warming) nowadays summer hats of all shapes and styles have become not only a required accessory but a brilliant way to highlight your individual fashion taste.
For this summer season designers drew inspiration from sun-soaked bohemian retreats in exotic places or from urban sports and leisure activities to create distinct, present-day head gears. And so we have the lady-like wide-brim next to a quirky boater hat that could also share the dressing with a floral print baseball cap or with a minimalist visor. If I had to choose one single runaway collection that lingered in my fashion-addict mind that would be The Row’s spring-summer 2014 show – I dreamt for days of those romantic wide brim cloche hats and woven visors covered with long sheer scarves.
Creative details bring these hat designs to contemporary fashion standards: raffia or canvas with metallic sheen, glossy leather, on-trend tropical imagery or graffiti print on baseball/skate caps, floral appliqué, colour-block and chevron patterns compete for the most eye-catching style. Nevertheless, classic styles in neutral colours or artisan-inspired summer hats (eyelet raffia, raw edges) stand tall among the fleeting trends. I will definitely have to pay respect to all styles and buy one hat of each, or at least a leather cap and a wide-brim Panama hat – it will add a major tomboy-chic vibe to every casual outfit. Now let’s see what’s in store for us, hat fanatics:
Cap hats shopping guide:
Short brim summer hats shopping guide:
Medium brim and cloche summer hats shopping list:
Wide brim sun hat shopping guide