10 Hats That Will Get You Through Summer

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While sometimes overlooked, accessories are one of the most important components to any summer outfit. From beachy sandals and shell-adorned jewelry, to chic shades and retro hair clips, these trendy pieces can take a simple ensemble to the next level.

One very crucial addition to incorporate into your ensemble this season is a solid sun hat (or several). Not only does it lend an elegant look, but it also serves a practical purpose. Hats can help protect your skin, hair and eyes from harsh UV rays that can cause you serious damage and premature signs of aging. While we definitely aren’t encouraging skipping the sunscreen, going the extra mile when it comes to your skin is never a bad thing. After all, we truly can’t ask for much more than a sophisticated-looking summer piece that works double duty by being the easiest and chicest step in our skincare routine.

Throw shade in the best way this summer by rocking a hat at the pool, on the beach, during your vacation or even at a barbecue in your own backyard. Another secret benefit? These hats can help mask even the worst hair days—yes, please. I can’t even count on two hands the amount of times that I have traveled to a climate that my hair just didn’t agree with, and this is quite possibly the easiest solution that doesn’t require product or hot tools. Scroll down for our hand-picked list of some of this season’s most stylish sun hats.

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Spencer Fawn

$79

Lack Of Color

This versatile piece will probably work with most of the summer ensembles you already have in your closet. Pair it with a floral midi dress and neutral sandals for a warm day at your favorite winery or exploring a new city on vacation.

Summer Hat

$95

Cuyana

We love the shape of this ultra-structured take on a classic Panama hat.

Zoe Fedora

$225

Rag & Bone

A hat can be a transition piece, too! After you've worn it with your favorite graphic tee and jeans through the warmer months, add a sleek leather jacket to the mix for fall.

Grosgrain-Trimmed Straw Boater

$370

Miu Miu

Whether you're on a gondola in Venice, or just channeling your inner Italian, you'll want to wear this whimsical beauty all summer long.

South Beach Woven Straw Hat With Frayed Edge

$24

ASOS

These frayed edges just scream "do not disturb" (in a polite way, of course), and we are definitely digging it.

Color-Block Straw Hat

$15

H&M

Color-blocking provides a kind of modern twist, even on the most classic of silhouettes. Top off your look in the most fashionable way (literally!)

Georgia Lace Hat

$68

Free People

Who doesn't love a little lace detailing? This boho hat will take you through all of your summer music festivals and far beyond.

Garment Dyed Baseball Cap

$25

J.Crew

It's possible to be a dedicated fan of the baseball hat, without being passionate about the sport itself. This salmon-colored cap is the subtle pop your weekend wardrobe needs.

Azure Skies Pelham Hat

$10

Aritzia

This modern version of a classic fedora is perfect if you're not usually a hat person. Did we mention it's on sale?

Hat Attack Washed Cotton Crusher Hat

$48

Shopbop

Summer is all about ease, and this cotton hat fits the bill. Throw it in your beach bag all summer long just in case your skin needs some extra protection.

Multicolored Braided Hat

$520

Missoni Mare

This brightly colored hat was practically made to be paired with your favorite white tee and go-to denim this season.

Pucca Shell Nubby Woven Panama Hat

$34

Urban Outfitters

Shells are popping up on all of our favorite accessories this summer. Try the trend for yourself with this subtle addition to a classic silhouette.

A New Day Women’s Floppy Hat

$13

Target

I can just see this simple, floppy hat working perfectly with that retro, polka dot bikini you've been saving for the perfect beach day.

Brixton Fiddler Cap

$42

Nordstrom

The newsboy cap trend is still in full force, and there is no better time to hop on the bandwagon than now. This pastel yellow will keep you shining all summer long.