The 25 Best Sun Hats for Your Hot Girl Summer

Not a hat person? Think again.

Dionne Roeder is seen wearing a white top, a blue denim jeans, a black Chanel leather clutch, and black sunglasses and a summer hat and colorful sneakers on May 06, 2022 in Berlin, Germany.
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According to fashion stylist and Fashion Crimes Podcast host Holly Katz, "Nothing is more in style than keeping the sun off of your face this summer," and I can't help but agree. And while sunscreen remains the single most important means of protecting your skin from the sun, the best summer hats, from beach hats to bucket hats, can also provide much-needed shade to your face whether you're lounging by the pool, romping around on the beach, or simply going to and from your office. 

The best part? Summer hats come in a multitude of styles and colors, so you can match your sun hat to your specific outfit and outing that day. Below, I've rounded up the best selects of summer hats, and I've tapped Katz for her thoughts on how to style them. It looks like summer 2023 is going to be my most stylish season yet.

Baseball Hats

Baseball hats are one of my all-time favorite styles, and Katz agrees that the cap is here to stay. "The old-fashioned ball cap has been brought back and reinvented by designers showing them on the runway for the past few seasons," she says. "It's actually been back for a while now, but we are seeing it styled in a much more sophisticated way this time around." 

One of my favorite parts of packing for vacation is matching my caps to my swimsuits, but Katz points out that the style can be used well beyond the beach. "Try a ball cap with a sundress and sneakers," she suggests. "I'm also loving this with a work dress during the day with a chunky dad sneaker and a wide belt to emphasize the waist."

Kendall Jenner is seen wearing a baseball cap in SoHo on September 12, 2021 in New York City.

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Wide Brim Hats

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wears a wide brim hat as she attends a Service of Thanksgiving for the life of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh at Westminster Abbey on March 29, 2022 in London, England. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh died aged 99 on April 9, 2021.

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Not only is the wide brim hat a classic vacation look, it's an excellent means of protecting your face, neck, and shoulders from the harsh summer sun. Holly Katz recommends that, for an everyday look, you "pair a wide-brimmed, straw hat with dark, wide-leg Palazzo pants. This type of pant goes great with a wedge and a small, brightly colored, crossbody bag. On top, try a cotton tank bodysuit that cuts low in the back. Finish the look with stacked bracelets and a statement earring." This fit makes for a timeless, memorable look perfect for lounging at a resort, commuting to work, or heading to a friend's place for a barbecue.

Bucket Hats

Nova Onas attends the BEC + BRIDGE show wearing a bucket hat during Afterpay Australian Fashion Week 2022 Resort '23 Collections at Carriageworks on May 09, 2022 in Sydney, Australia.

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To be honest, this style took the longest for me to come around on, simply because I didn't think I had the face shape or the hair to rock it. Indeed, Katz points out that "wearing this type of hat makes your face look longer and leaner." This doesn't mean that longer, oval face shapes like mine don't suit the bucket hat, though―it just means we need the right outfit to pair it with. 

"This hat is fantastic with brightly colored flare jeans, cowboy belt, white booties and a plain white tank," Katz says. "It draws the eye down to the cinched, belted waist and the flare jeans really complement a curvy figure."


Model Bella Hadid walks the runway at the Tommy Hilfiger show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2018/19 on February 25, 2018 in Milan, Italy.

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For the longest time, visors reminded me of the discarded free merch from the '90s that had been relegated to the back of a closet in my childhood home. Like many '90s trends, however, the visor is back with a vengeance, and it's honestly won me over. The Sporty Spice look of a baseball cap without any of the hat hair? Yes, please!


Susie Lau is seen wearing a fedora ahead of the Gucci fashion show wearing a cowboy hat during the Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2022/2023 on February 25, 2022 in Milan, Italy.

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If you think that fedoras belong only to the early 2010s hipsters of the world, think again. A fedora is any soft hat with an indent on the top, and often with a curled brim, so it's a versatile style that can be incredibly chic. Holly Katz counts it among her all-time favorite hat styles―especially when it features a ribbon around the base. She encourages, "Find the perfect bird feathers to slide into the ribbon around the band for extra swag."

Meet the Expert

Holly Katz
Holly Katz

Holly Katz is a fashion stylist with experience styling both men and women in the corporate world, entertainment business, and for everyday life. She has worked in several facets of the fashion industry, including production, cost, and design, and currently hosts the podcast Fashion Crimes. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gabrielle Ulubay
Beauty Writer

Gabrielle Ulubay is a Beauty Writer at Marie Claire. She has also written about sexual wellness, fashion, culture, and politics both at Marie Claire and for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.