50 summer hats to keep you cool this season

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:


1. COACH Leather Baseball Cap, $198.00

2. Tropical Print Cap, TopShop, Price: £16.00

3. Metallic Canvas Baseball Cap, J.Crew, USD 54.00

4. KESH X American Apparel Unisex Cap, $38.00

5. The Jungle Leaves Printed Cap, American Apparel,$32.00

6. Leather Hat, American Apparel, $70.00

7. Zara printed cap, Zara, CAD 19.90

8. Colorblock Baseball Cap, J.Crew, USD 35.50

9. Street-Cool Swag Snapback Cap, Forever21, CAD $12.80

10. Flower Power Snapback Cap,Forever21, CAD $15.80

11. On The Edge Visor, Forever21, CAD $10.80

12. Obey ELODIE Throwback Hat, $37.00

13. High Voltage Baseball Cap, Forever21, CAD $12.80

14. WHY GIRAFFITI Print Cap, TopShop, Was £16.00 Now £3.00



Short brim summer hats shopping guide:

1. Striped Fedora, Tory Burch,  $95.00 

2. Downtown Straw Bowler, Forever 21, CAD $15.80 

3. LAINEY hat, ALDO,  $25.00 

4. SKILLAN hat, ALDO, $20.00

5. Blocked-Stripe Fedora, BCBG, $38.00

6. Narrow Brim Boater Hat, TopShop, Price: £22.00

7. AEO printed straw fedora, American Eagle, $21.66 CAD

8. VOLPIANO hat, ALDO, $25.00 

9. AEO chevron straw fedora, American Eagle, $21.66 CAD

10. COMERIO hat, ALDO, $25.00

11. Favela hat, GSUS,  € 39,99

12. Straw hat, H&M, $14.95


Medium brim and cloche summer hats shopping list:

1. Zara raffia hat, CAD 25.90

2. Valdez Star Hat, Club Monaco, $189.50

3. Color-blocked Panama Hat, BCBG, $88.00

4. Panama Hat, J.Crew, USD 68.00

5. Leather-like trim Cowboy Hat, Le Chateau, $29.95

6. PARKHURST Botanist Mid Brim Hat, The Bay. $27.99

7. H&M Visor, $14.95

8. Frayed Cowboy Hat, BCBG, $48.00

9. NINE WEST metallic packable cloche, The Bay, $36.00

10. Paper Cowboy Hat, Le Chateau, $25.00

11. Straw Cut Out Top Hat, TopShop, Price: £20.00

12. Classic Grosgrain Fedora, Tory Burch, USD $95.00



Wide brim sun hat shopping guide


1. Straw Fluro Stripe Floppy Hat, TopShopm Price: £25.00

2. Textured Summer Straw Hat, J.Crew, USD 41.50

3. Chic Floppy Hat, BCBG, $58.00

4. NINE WEST Animal Print Scarf Eyelet Floppy, The Bay, $48.00

5. Stripe floppy straw hat, The Gap, CA$34.95 Now CA$22.72

6. NINE WEST Black & White Super Floppy, The Bay, $46.00

7. Border stripe floppy straw hat, The Gap,  CA$34.95 Now CA$24.46

8. ERIC JAVITS Hat, Holt Renfrew, $190

9. PARKHURST Wide Brim Sun Hat, The Bay, $36.00

10. Tory Burch wide brim hat with leather bow, Tory Burch,  USD $165.00

11. ECHO Metallic Floppy Hat, The Bay

12. Straw hat with a grosgrain band, $19.95


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