Spring/Summer 2013 Hat Guide

It has been a long winter for my fellow New Yorkers and I. Our pasty skin has long been buried beneath layers of clothing, begging to be graced by the sun. As we eagerly prepare our wardrobes for the warmer months, we must not forget one of the most statement making and protective accessories- the hat! Hats are a great way to prevent the development of wrinkles, age spots, and other forms of skin damage that come with overexposure to the sun. They can shield your face from the sometimes brutal elements while upholding your fashion dignity. Hats may not be for everyone, but there is certainly a wide variety of styles to choose from.

The most fashionable option for effective sun protection is the wide brim hat.

Rachel Zoe Woven Sun Hat

Woven sun hats with texture are perfect for a more relaxed vibe, say for the beach or a barbecue.

Brixton Louella II

Brixton Riley

If you want to keep things sleek and sophisticated try black.

Eric Javits Maribel Cutout Sun Hat

Eric Javits Squishee IV Short Brim Sun Hat

Shorter brims are a fun way to make a statement without all the drama.

Brixton Olsen

Brixton Nora

Brixton Tiller

The Fedora has long been a classic style for both men and women, but why not try the wide brim fedora for  more of an edge.

Paul Smith Fedora Hat

Rag And Bone Grey Wide Brim Fedora

Brixton Gerald

The Panama Hat is another chic style that combines elements of the fedora and the wide brim.

Brixton Piper Panama Hat

Urban Outfitters Nubby Floppy Panama Hat

Popular among the younger generations is the 5 panel hat, named so for its 5 separate pieces of fabric each cut to fit a specific portion of the head that make up its construction. They come in a variety of eye popping colors and patterns which add to the appeal.

Karmaloop The Dimepiece 5 Panel Hat in Camo

Karmaloop Crooks and Castles- The No Love 5 Panel Cap in Pink Black Cheetah

Urban Outfitters Mesh Lined 5-Panel Hat

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