Oh snap! Summer is right around the corner, and HCG is eager to begin adding to our closet accordingly. In anticipation of our favorite season, we've created a new series dedicated to building a fabulous summer wardrobe. Today, we launch this series with a post devoted to everyone's favorite beach accessory: the summer hat!
My mind is still on vacation, and my recent trip helped me realize I need more summer hats. Whether you're lounging poolside in St. Tropez or relaxing on the beaches of Cape May, a kick ass summer hat is a critical component to staying cool and looking chic. In our book, the bigger and more glamorous the hat, the better.
Good news: there are plenty of reasonably-priced summer hats on the market. Last week, I happened upon this amazing floppy straw beach hat pictured above (from H&M) priced at just $9.95! Keep in mind that this hat isn't the most sturdy version I've encountered, but at $10, it's worth adding to your collection.
The Packable Floppy Hat from Target was my first foray into glam summer hats, and it served me well for a few summers. In addition to the Packable Floppy Hat, Target has a bunch of other good options that are sold out online but are available in stores. I would try the Lare Straw Floppy Hat or the Straw Crown Floppy Hat.
Looking to spend $300 on a summer hat? Look no further:
Summer hats don't get much more perfect than this Eugenia Kim honey striped straw sunhat, and it would surely last more than one season ($280 at Net-a-Porter). If you like this striped look but aren't a fan of the price tag, you're in luck: Goorin Brothers makes a nearly identical version for only $60 available on Zappos.
A word to the wise: always remember to try a hat on before deciding to purchase/keep it. If you have any inclination that someone will confuse you with your grandmother in Florida, give it the boot.