By now, I think we all know that protecting our skin is important. We all want an even skin tone and as few wrinkles as possible (Camille, thanks for sharing), but it’s not always that easy. Growing up, my nose would turn Rudolph-level red if I was outside for more than 10 minutes. Although I wore sunscreen, it sometimes wasn’t enough, so my mother would put me in one of her too-big sun hats to shield my face. I definitely looked ridiculous, but it saved my skin—and for that, I am forever grateful.
The best sun hat will make you feel instantly glamorous, upgrade your summer attire, and most importantly, protect your face and chest from the sun.
Since a sun hat ensures you’re fully shaded, it also helps with light sensitivity which means you can happily read a book on the beach without straining your eyes. I plan to spend as much time as possible outside this summer, so to prepare, I rounded up a list of the best sun hats on the internet that are both practical and pretty.
From floppy hats to fedoras and visors, you’re sure to find the best sun hat for you this summer.
The Austin Brown hat is both hand-braided and made from natural straw, making it feel as chic as it looks. I love the brown tones in this hat because it gives it more of a year-round, anytime, anyplace look, which is a critical component of the best sun hat.
Just looking at this hat makes me feel glamorous. The extra-wide brim offers maximum sun protection for both your face and your chest, as well. Pair with some big sunglasses and you’ll look like a celebrity enjoying a private vacation. Breakfast at Tiffany’s anyone?
All of Sarah Bray Bermuda’s hats are not only well made but come with an interchangeable ribbon for ultimate personalization. While this hat might be on the more expensive side, just swap out the ribbon and it will feel brand new.
This frayed Lack of Color hat is your go-to light and breezy sun hat. It screams warm weather and sandy feet and would fold nicely in a suitcase for your next vacation.
Teressa Foglia’s Delano hat is just as beautiful as it is sustainable with its woven exterior and silk lining. Every hat is handmade and made-to-order to reduce waste and ensure that every hat has a touch of uniqueness. I know this hat is pricey, but it has a quality that will last you a lifetime.
Of course, the best sun hat needs to be protective, and Wallaroo Hat Company’s Montecito Hat might be the most protective hat on this list. It has an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF) of over 50, which according to the Australian Radiation Protection Agency means this hat’s fabric blocks 97.5% of UV rays and looks excellent while doing it.
This hat’s ultra-wide brim gives it a chic and contemporary look that I’m loving this summer. Not only could you wear this hat at the beach, but it would look fabulous with a sundress and sandals on any occasion.
Visors might be controversial, as the best sun hat would ideally protect your scalp, but sometimes a good visor is all I want. Every once in a while I want to let my blonde hair lighten up in the sun and this large brim visor allows me to do so while still protecting my face. The best part? It rolls up for easy packing and storage.
This is what I think of when I hear the phrase “bang for your buck.” This striped and ultra floppy hat looks so chic and luxurious while not breaking the bank. It gives me major “summer in Italy” and “sunsets in The Hamptons” vibes.
I love everything about this sun hat. The unique color, the brim size, the ribbon. It flawlessly transitions from the beach to the streets so you never have to take it off.
Camille loves herself a good Gigi Pip hat. In fact, she is wearing the Ozzy Lifeguard Hat in the main image of this story. The Ozzy is currently sold out, but you can still sign up to be alerted about the next restock or get this similar brown straw hat that is equally to die for.
What is the best sun hat you’ve ever worn? Share it with us below.