Vibrant handbags and strappy sandals can help bring our looks from cold to warm-weather-appropriate, but the most festive accessory of them all is the hat—an item worn mainly when out of doors and, most of the time, when the sun is shining bright.
Technically, it’s a utilitarian garment, a mechanism to shield our faces from the sun, but hats are full of fashion potential. Thanks to designer upgrades, playful patterns, and statement-making silhouettes there’s a sun hat for every occasion and mood.
Consider a bucket hat, which a couple of years ago might have been called a trend, but years later, it proved its longevity and staying power—we especially like Prada’s take. There’s also the classic baseball cap that has received a luxury makeover; Celine’s has also just given it a recent approval stamp. And then there’s the classic straw hat—an accessory that brings as much joy as a day at the beach. Wear all of these, and more, with a floral dress or a comfortable pair of jeans. The best hats for women pair well with just about anything.
Some of our favorite and best hats of the season, below.