It’s officially summer, and while there is every reason to rejoice, we have a doozy of a season ahead. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, the next few months promise to be oppressively hot and humid (yes, more so than the norm). In preparation, we’re certain you’ve scooped up sunblock, but it may be crucial to accessorize even further for the imminent, blasting heat.
That’s why we’ve scoured the still-temperate New York City streets and stores for chapeaux of every shape and size that will both add a dash of style and a lot of coverage to your look. There’s no excuse not to rock a darling cat ear hat by Eugenia Kim or classic, ribbon-trimmed Panama. And if you can’t decide, we strongly suggest snatching up more than one. This summer, there’s simply nothing wrong with being mad about hats.
Set your eyes upon Eugenia Kim’s Caterina hat and it’s impossible not to grin. Fashioned from gold toyo paper and cotton, this woven hat features delightful cat ears and an inner elasticated band to ensure the perfect fit. $265. 611 Fifth Avenue (49th/50th Streets); 212-753-4000; saks.com
Made in Italy from the tropical plant pandanus, this fedora by Etro is practically a vacation all on its own. The brim is brightly printed with the brand’s signature paisley motif. $195. 89 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 646-329-6929; etro.com
Thanks to Gucci’s raffia sun hat, dressing on unbearably sultry days has just gotten that much easier. The woven hat is trimmed with a whimsical heart-printed silk ribbon, ideal for strutting down Manhattan avenues or the boardwalk. $475. 725 Fifth Avenue (56th/57th Streets); 212-826-2600; gucci.com
The baseball cap gets an undeniably chic update with this style by Stella McCartney. The brim provides a cheery accent with a splash of sunny-yellow faux-python. $400. 112 Greene Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-255-1556; stellamccartney.com
Believe it or not, that quintessential childhood staple — the bucket hat — is back. And when executed by one of our fave French brands, A.P.C., it is nothing short of brilliant. Here, a cotton gabardine hat is outfitted with a wide, tinted PVC visor. $140. 131 Mercer Street (Spring/Prince Streets); 212-966-9685; apc.fr
A porkpie hat is just the thing to wear to a variety of summer haunts, whether it be the Jazz Age Lawn party on Governors Island or out to revamped ’20s-inspired club Minton’s in Harlem. The Rag & Bone hat is woven out of straw (and fully made in the U.S., natch) and has a cotton charcoal-grey band. $140. 1 East 1st Street (Bowery/Second Avenue); 212-533-3088; blueandcream.com
The Frond Furl sun hat from Anthropologie is worthy of a swimsuit cover girl. The brim bends, ensuring your face gets proper sun coverage, and will look dashing when worn on the sand all season long. $58. 375 West Broadway (Broome/Spring Streets); 212-343-7070; anthropologie.com
South African-born Albertus Swanepoel has been in the fashion biz since the 1980s, but got his due in the New York fashion scene circa 2004 when he began creating hats for Proenza Schouler. Now, his eponymous label is most often found atop the heads of It Girls. This summer they will certainly be coveting his Vecchio boater, made of toyo paper with a distressed black, grosgrain band. $465. 660 Madison Avenue (60th/61st Streets); 212-826-8900; barneys.com
Inspired by a trip to Morocco, the Top Stitch fedora by Tory Burch is an ideal partner to bring on your adventures. The natural straw is wonderfully lightweight, and the watery-blue turquoise trim adds just the right amount of color. $125. 257 Elizabeth Street (Prince/Houston Streets); 212-334-3000; toryburch.com
The Panama hat is one of those tried-and-true staples that has gone down in fashion history. Its name was coined when no less than President Roosevelt donned one on a visit to the Panama Canal. This iteration from J. Crew is hand-woven in Ecuador and replete with a bright contrast ribbon. $58. 99 Prince Street (Greene/Mercer Streets); 212-966-2739; jcrew.com