Stay Shaded This Summer with These Hats

By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

Looking for a stylish way to stay protected from the sun this summer? A chic, lightweight hat will not only protect your face from harmful rays, but it will also inject a bit of glamour to all your warm-weather ensembles. From retro boaters to sporty baseball caps and high-fashion visors, these are the hats to shop this summer.

Wide-Brim Sun Hat

There's nothing more glamorous than an oversized straw sun hat. The classic wide-brim topper instantly elevates even the most basic of looks (and is a great accessory for creating an eye-catching selfie). We love this Lola Hats Rope Swing Natural Raffia Sun Hat from Saks Fifth Avenue, because the braided straw tassel trim adds a chic summery touch, while the neutral color looks good against all skin tones.

Sporty Baseball Cap

While most people throw on an old baseball cap to cover up bad hair days, this season's styles are so chic you'll want to wear one even when your hair looks good. To avoid looking like you're headed to the gym or the ballpark, reach for a sturdy, structured option in a pretty on-trend color like this pastel pink Rag & Bone Dylon Embroidered Baseball Cap from Nordstrom.

Fedora With a Twist

There's a reason why a straw fedora is a perennial favorite. The stylish headwear is super versatile and will look good with everything from a flirty summer dress to casual denim cut-offs. If you're looking for a modern take on the classic, opt for this BP Frayed Band Fedora from Nordstrom. The simple silhouette looks great on most face shapes, and the sleek black color gives it an unexpected twist.

Retro Boater

This summer is all about the retro boater, as it's the perfect accessory for both function and fashion. The brim offers ample sun protection, while the flat top puts a stylish spin on a simple straw hat. Since boaters are typically associated with sailors, choose a cool blue option like this Eric Javitz 'Gondolier' Boater Hat from Nordstrom, to really give off nautical vibes.

High-Fashion Visor

Image courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Love the look of a hat but want to show off more of your flowing locks? Opt for a chic, modern-looking visor. You may already have a plain sporty version that you rock at the beach or on the tennis court, but invest in a high-fashion option to wear everywhere else. We're obsessed with this gorgeous coral Eugenia Kim 'Vicky' Woven Visor from Neiman Marcus, as it features a pretty woven trim and cool sheer brim. The elasticized back also ensures a comfortable fit.

Simple Panama Hat

This J.Crew Panama Hat is the perfect summer accessory to pack for all your upcoming trips, as the natural-colored straw and black ribbon trim will pair well with everything else in your suitcase. Whether you're headed to a tropical island or a city in Europe, the chic topper will also look good in just about every type of locale.