Every Southern girl knows – you need at least one rockin’ hat for summer. Hats are about more than just having great style in the hotter months – they’re downright practical!
Here are my tips on how to wear a summer hat:
Protect your skin with a wide brim!
Sun hats with a wide brim are great for a day at the beach, a summer picnic (may I recommend a date night at Jazz’n the Vines at Pontchartrain Vineyards?), or at an outdoor music festival. Not only will the wide brim shade your face and eyes from the glare of the sun, if you get a super wide brim hat, you can even throw some shade onto the rest of your body.
Not only that, some hat companies even offer added UV protection and special materials in their hats to protect your skin from the sun. Look for sun hats that are marked with UPF protection.
Bad hair day? No problem with a summer hat!
A casual summer hat can help you out in a pinch with the heat and humidity are wreaking havoc on your hair. I love this lightweight summer fedora for my bad hair days, or even when I’m just feeling lazy and don’t want to worry about styling my hair.
Take your hat on vacay!
Some hats are made to be packed for your summer vacation. Look for hats that are specially made to be packable or crushable, and bring one along on your next beach trip. (I’m personally hoping to hit up White Sands Lake or Gulf Islands Waterpark this summer!)
Pick a neutral color that will go with lots of outfits.
If you want to get more bang for your buck, be sure to pick a summer hat in a neutral color that will go with lots of different outfits. Depending on your skin & hair coloring, and your personal style, good neutrals might include tans & browns, or black or grey. Sometimes a great solid bright color can work as a neutral too – red is a great color that pairs with lots of things!
Where to buy a summer hat.
You can find lots of great summer hats online as well as locally. Scala and David & Young are two great brands to check out for summer hats. If you want to try on hats in person around New Orleans, check out these places for great hats for summer:
– Trashy Diva
2048 Magazine Street
829 Chartres Street
– Goorin Bros.
2127 Magazine Street
709 Royal Street
– Meyer the Hatter
120 St. Charles Avenue
– The French Market
1008 North Peters St.
Mallory, aka Miss Malaprop, has been writing about indie fashion and DIY lifestyle since 2006. A native of Gulfport, Mississippi, she’s lived in New Orleans since 2002.