Classic Trends for Summer 2014: The Sun Hat in Four Looks

Some summer styles have transcended the cyclical nature of fashion: cut-off shorts, flip-flops and, of course, floppy sun hats.

Most fashion staples evolve with the decades, and the sun hat has been no exception. In 1975, the Kentucky Derby thrust the sun hat into the forefront of American style.

Besides being chic, sun hats are functional, providing much-needed protection from the sun. They’re also versatile and can be used in all kinds of outdoor situations, like gardening, visiting the beach or just enjoying a day at the park with the kids.

So let’s take a look at some modern takes on the classic sun hat, all under $100.



The Geo Woven Panama Hat by BCBGMaxAzria, $78, Nordstrom

This classic Panama-style hat has a unique flair with its two-tone weaving and asymmetrically curved brim. Cute, trendy and summer-ready, this hat is perfect for travel.

Wear this hat with a simple summer outfit: a white tee, shorts and a cute pair of Keds.

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Let’s Getaway Hat by Nasty Gal, $48

This beautiful straw hat is for the style maven. She’s fierce and sophisticated, dressing above trends and making new ones. This girl is the one who orders a Dark Horse and drives only Lone Star Mustangs.

The color and the striking silhouette of this hat make a perfect match with a maxi dress at a summer party or smoking-hot swimwear at the beach.

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Wide-Brimmed Fedora by Genie by Eugenia Kim, $87, Revolve Clothing

The classic style of this hat is modernized and enhanced by the geometrically patterned fabric trim. This is one for fashion-forward streetwear fans. Complete your look with a short jumpsuit and sneakers.

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Striped Fedora by Tory Burch, $95

Sometimes, style trumps functionality. This cute little number by Tory Burch has a vintage appeal and quality weaving. This hat is the city girl’s answer to the basic southern straw hat.

A cute solid blouse, thigh-skimming circle skirt and flats are in order for this summer fedora.

You can find it here.




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