If last summer is anything to go by, the months ahead promise to be full of clear skies and endless sunshine punctuated with balmy breezes. Fingers crossed.
While it’s a boost to your health and mood to feel the sun on your skin, too much sunshine can leave you dazed with heatstroke, and at worst, at risk of skin cancer.
Approximately 86 per cent of the UK’s malignant melanoma cases are avoidable, according to Cancer Research UK. Using a broad spectrum SPF is your number one saviour, but what about your head?
While there are SPF haircare products available to act as a shield against harmful rays, there’s nothing like a hat for ultimate sun protection.
As proven by SS19 catwalks, a hat is the season’s must-have accessory. Whether you prefer chic fedoras, floppy designs or just want something that packs into your bag easily, our edit has something for you.
See the best sun hats below
ASOS Design Natural Straw Floppy Hat
Helping you stay cool in more ways than one, ASOS’s wide floppy hat ticks all the boxes for pretty sun protection. The 100 per cent woven straw design features a wide brim and black plait braid around the base which you can also use to adjust the size. Wear with a light day dress and plenty of SPF.
£16 | ASOS | Buy it now
Accessorize Fiesta Festival Fedora Hat
Quirky and cute, this monochrome fedora is finished with black pom poms and a multi-coloured trim, making it a summer essential. Available in S/M or M/L.
£25 | Accessorize | Buy it now
SENSI STUDIO Multi-coloured Straw Hat
The rainbow hues in this Sensi Studio design means you could wear it with almost anything. We like the idea of wearing it to add a splash of colour to neutral-hued outfits. It’s handmade with 100 per cent toquila straw and requires specialist cleaning to keep it looking as good as new in the summers to come. Available in medium (58cm circumference).
£145 | Harvey Nichols | Buy it now
NEXT Alice Hannah Straw Visor Hat
Offering up a 2-in-1 solution, this straw visor will keep the sun off your face and help you avoid the hat hair dents. Finished with contrast black binding and raw edge detailing, the visor is a preppy way to stay in the shade. Made from 87 per cent paper and 13 per cent polyester, wipe with a damp cloth to clean.
£12 | Next | Buy it now
Lola Hats Pergola Wide-Brim Straw Hat
When it comes to shopping for super stylish sun hats, we think that wise old saying rings true: go big or go home. Anyone with a fashion forward mindset will appreciate the work that’s gone into the making of Lola Hats' wide-brimmed straw Pergola style.
Handcrafted on a block in Paris before being stretched, steamed and pressed into shape, it’s the sort of accessory that will define your SS19 look.
£225 | Matches | Buy it now
Roxy Sentimiento Fedora
Keep yourself protected from the heat of the sun with this jaunty Sentimiento fedora, made from straw and finished with a colourful trim at the base. Available in M/L only, the inside measures 56cm.
£24 | Cotswold Outdoor | Buy it now *On sale from £30
Dorothy Perkins Summer Days Floppy Hat
Destined to get you plenty of likes on your Insta-feed, this black and straw sun hat from Dorothy Perkins shouts glorious sunny optimism. It’s the perfect accessory to wear in the sun, whether at home or on holiday.
£14.40 | Debenhams | Buy it now *On sale from £18
John Lewis & Partners Packable Weave Mix Floppy Sun Hat
This wide floppy sun hat offers ample shade from the sun. The hat, which comes in a choice of blue, black or red, is completed with a pretty weave design and will fold flat, then spring back into shape when you need it, so there's no need to be precious with it when putting it in your bag. It’s made from braided paper, so whatever you do, don’t put this in the wash! Wipe clean only.
£26 | John Lewis | Buy it now
Topshop Lobster Straw Hat
Are lobsters the new flamingos? It’s certainly a trend that’s on the up, as superbly demonstrated by Topshop’s 100 per cent straw hat decorated with a motif of a cute crustacean above the brim. Buy now, wear all summer long.
£20 | Topshop | Buy it now
River Island Black Oversized Floppy Straw Hat
This glamorous black sun hat from River Island is perfect for wearing to work as it is for packing on a city break. Made from 100 per cent paper and featuring a gold-coloured chain trim the piece is a made for the fashion savvy. Wear with oversized black shades and a slash of red lipstick for that international woman of mystery look.
£20 | River Island | Buy it now
If you’re looking for something that will perform well everywhere from sandy beaches to family BBQs, ASOS’s floppy hat is our top pick but if you want to make a style statement, go for Lola Hats’ Pergola design.