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Sun Hats Are Your New SPF: Seasonally Protective Friend

Some of our favorite summer accessories are sun hats. Depending on the style of hat, you can transform any piece in your wardrobe, from funky to classic, retro Hollywood to Royal Family! Until recently it was difficult to travel with several hats, but the designers have stepped up the game with many offering foldable versions of our favorite headdress.

Plan, Protection, Prevention

Aside from being a great way to express your mood and personal style, this clever accessory is also a mighty friend in disguise. This is because sun hats are the only accessory that protects you from the sun, keeping your skin safe and fresh. Many provide elegant shade but many more are moving toward the trend of using SPF-protecting fabrics, upping your sunscreen game. 

Consequently, this provides adequate sun protection for those with any allergies to the harsh chemicals found in many of the higher SPF yielding creams. I don’t recommend forgoing the sunscreen entirely, as there are many swimwear options that help provide SPF coverage for an allergy-workaround.

Picking a sun hat based on style, your choice of material matters and should be considered when choosing a hat for your many activities, from gardening to lounging by the pool. According to the American Cancer Society, the tighter the weave of the fabric, the higher level of sun protection the hat will provide.

Furthermore, something we don’t often consider protecting are our eyes. Did you know that the majority of cataracts are caused by damaging UV rays? Forget ‘crow’s feet’, protecting your peepers from the harsh rays of the sun can extend your vision as you age!

Check out our guide to sun hats below and be sure to grab a few for this summer! 

SHOP

Stradivarius Straw Hat

Stradivarius Straw Hat, $26 

Vero Moda Wide Brim Straw Hat

Vero Moda Wide Brim Straw Hat, $28 

Coolibar UPF50 Floppy SunHat

Coolibar UPF 50+ Women’s Elegant Floppy Sun Hat, $50  

Eric Javets Starfish Squishee

Eric Javets Starfish Squishee Visor, $185 

Kate Spade NY Embroidered Hibiscus

Kate Spade New York Embroidered Hibiscus Sun Hat, $118 

Betmar Porto Fedora

Betmar Porto Fedora, $60 

Laurenby RL Packable Crocheted Cloche

Lauren by Ralph Lauren Packable Crocheted Cloche, $48 

SCALA Cotton Big Brim Drawstring

Scala Cotton Big Brim Sun Hat with Inner Drawstring, $28 

Hat Attack Coco Raffia Fedora

Coco Raffia ‘Hat Attack’ Fedora, $128 

San Diego Hat Co Striped Floppy 8Inch Brim SunHat

San Diego Hat Company Striped Floppy 8 Inch Brim Sun Hat 

San Diego Hat Co Ultrabraid XL Brim

San Diego Hat Company Ultrabraid XL Brim Sun Hat

 Betmar Face Framer

Betmar Face Framer, $30 

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