A bunch of appropriately summery hats

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Wearing hats on a bright day is just good thinking from a skincare perspective, but I like the idea from a style angle as well: what looks better than a woman walking down the street in a great outfit with a really good topper? This one from Cos struck me as slightly odd at first, until I realized it offers a decent amount of neck coverage.

A cute reversible canvas number that comes in  a few good colorways.

The fact that this bucket hat is a such a light hues makes it a bit more wearable and versatile than something brighter.

A raffia hat with a just-wide-enough brim.

The chevron-ish pattern on this one is just aces.

Ever since Nili Lotan started offering some of her pieces in lavender (which sold out quickly or I’d show you) I’ve kind of been liking the color, so this bucket hat—complete with straps for when you’re on a beach and it’s windy.

This cotton-linen hat is packable and super-chic.

Here’s a rather fashiony choice that’s also appealingly retroish.

This raffia visor comes in several colors, but I think this blue is really good with the stripes.

Just a cute floral bucket hat for when your outfit needs some brightening up.

A sweet floppy hat for when you’re in a Jane Birkin-ish mood.

I love the barely-there-ness of the print on this cool zebra-print number.

And here’s something in a tie-dye, if that is more your speed.

This visor ties in the back, which is both cute and good for a really precise fit.

I’m of course a fan of the frayed edges on this one from Allsaints.

And finally, this bucket hat has a little zipper compartment for keys and whatnot, which is handy.

 

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    D.Morgendorffer
    7 Jul 2021
    11:50am

    This is the rare summer day during which I will not wear a hat because…I’m about to get my first haircut in over a year! I had trouble getting to sleep last night like a little kid excited for Santa, thinking on the haircut. I am permitting myself to shout hooray twice when I first lay my eyes on my stylist. Meanwhile, I agree with Viajera, excellent post.

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      kimbersam
      7 Jul 2021
      12:20pm

      D.Morgendorffer, my mother used to say I had a “hat head” and there are albums full of me-as-a-be-hatted-child. However, adult me, living in SoCal, only wears a hat for root coverage en route (HA!) to the salon.

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    patty
    7 Jul 2021
    12:00pm

    I’m frustrated because of skin cancer on my face. I really need to wear a hat at the beach, but I just don’t look good in hats. I can’t decide if I have a small face, a short forehead, or a small head. But the hats you showed are great!
    p.s. I’m wearing an (Ok) straw hat this summer.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    7 Jul 2021
    12:03pm

    I hate to be Ms. Curmudgeon, but I can attest to the fact that “One size does (most decidedly NOT) fit all”! I have a large noggin and I can’t even consider most hats. Thanks to some good looking men’s hats, I can usually find one that fits. Since I’m being curmudgeonly, bucket hats do little to protect you from the sun, so if that’s why you’re wearing them, go for the wide brim, dear ladies!

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      Glitsy Gus
      7 Jul 2021
      6:51pm

      Agreed! I really wish women’s hat came in sizes more often. My head is 24″ around, and “One Size” is usually 22″ max.

      I have a couple men’s hats I like, but sometimes I want to be more Audrey Hepburn than Sam Spade. Or, as they more often turn out, “Dad Wearing Giant Straw Hat and Tevas with Socks at Disneyland”. Seriously, what I wouldn’t give for a cute, girly sun hat or a cloche for winter that are proportioned for women with larger noggins.

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    Viajera
    7 Jul 2021
    11:16am

    I heart this post. I am actively in the hat market, albeit for a sport hat (most of which are unforgivably heinous looking … so much so, I am thinking I will try a basic straw hat first and see if I can get along with that …) The Anthro ones (the orange) are really pretty great though. Hmm. I think I like the pink version best. It sounds like it might even fit on my sizable noggin!! Total excitement. I really need to have a large brim.

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      Viajera
      7 Jul 2021
      11:17am

      See the thing is, the orange one looks like it won’t flop over and block the sight lines.

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    Tami
    7 Jul 2021
    12:04pm

    Cute hats but sadly too small for my large head. Kim, some time ago I think you posted about a friend who makes hats for women like me – who need to shop for hats in the men’s department. Do you recall that post? Can you remind me of it? Thanks!

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      Susanna
      7 Jul 2021
      4:22pm

      It looks like there are some good summer bucket hats on Etsy. I’ll bet there are some makers that offer custom sizing.

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    Eloise
    7 Jul 2021
    12:24pm

    I love the look of bucket hats but they never seem to fit. I have been wearing the heck out of my ancient/seen better days Peter Beaton this summer and would simply replace it but it doesn’t look like they make that model anymore. I’ve been debating this one for awhile but feel like buying a hat online may be a losing proposition; https://www.anthropologie.com/shop/somerset-hat?category=SEARCHRESULTS&color=000&searchparams=q%3Dhat%26sayt%3Dtrue&type=STANDARD&size=One%20Size&quantity=1

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    cw
    7 Jul 2021
    12:24pm

    I love the lavender bucket hat with the straps because as much as I love a bucket––breezes blow them right off my head.

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    MaryAlice
    7 Jul 2021
    12:32pm

    Visors! I love them because they shade my face and don’t flatten my hair, but I look like I should be sitting at a slot machine in Vegas with a pink polyester pantsuit and an oxygen tank. Cute on other people, though!

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    Ilene Antelman
    7 Jul 2021
    8:48pm

    Not sure if I really want to share this but hey, here it goes. ATM sample sale & some Derek Lam. It’s been going on a few weeks now but still some great stuff- hoodies, sweaters, tshirts, sweatpants- and it’s all $5-$20. Caveat is only small, sample sizes. Some men’s all medium.
    And no line, but checkin in lobby.
    Showroom at 151 W.26th./ 6th &7th Ave (same building as Swedish Institute)

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    Viajera
    7 Jul 2021
    9:23pm

    As we are on the subject of hats, which doesn’t happen that often, I would like to ask the other classic film lovers here, is it my imagination, or did there used to be a sort of a women’s fedora? With maybe a larger brim and a tapered crown? I feel like I have seen such hats but only in the movies. I’m not referring to the hat in “His Girl Friday,” which is a whole other thing imho.

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      kimbersam
      8 Jul 2021
      9:23am

      Hi Viajera, After reading your comment, I googled women’s fedora and a hat came up that I procured from Banana Republic last year (or the year before). Take a look, I have one and never thought of it as a fedora.

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        Viajera
        8 Jul 2021
        12:07pm

        Thanks, will do!

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        Viajera
        9 Jul 2021
        3:49pm

        I snooped the BR site and I have missed the winter hat window this year, but, 2 things: 1) they have a pretty nice little straw visor there, for those of you who like to look presentable, and 2) I will check back in the fall, bc, yes I am a hat person. Thanks again!

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