The best summer hats will add a finishing flourish to any outfit. And protect your face from the sun, of course.
From Grace Kelly and Bianca Jagger to the Duchess of Sussex, every stylish woman knows the power of a good hat. Although designed with functionality in mind, hats will forever be synonymous with the sartorialism of the 20th century – just think of the strong images conjured by bowlers, boaters and Jackie O’s pillbox.
Before today’s more casual climate, hats were essential for nearly every occasion, whether for weddings, work or even school. And yet, as a result of dress codes loosening up, headwear options have diversified. This season saw a renaissance of the bucket hat; once associated with ‘90s grunge and toddlers, now we have Dior and Prada to thank for a more elegant approach to the trend. Too edgy? The beret is an enduring fashion favourite, while classics like the wide-brim straw style and Meghan’s favourite Panama are play-it-safe summer signatures.
We’ve rounded up 10 of the best sun hat styles to know. Pick a few to accessorise your summer outfit with and not only will you look more directional, you’ll be doubling up (with SPF) on the anti-ageing fight. Win win.
A celebrity favourite, the Panama is one of the most versatile hats out there – you can wear it with everything from floaty bohemian dresses to simple shirts and jeans (Meghan’s go-to combo for summer events). From the Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza collaboration, this straw iteration is detailed with the same leather knot found on the brand’s Gate bag.
Straw fedora hat, £325, Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza at Selfridges