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There are oh-so-many ways to address the idea of the "summer hat." You might think simply of baseball caps, because they're generally inexpensive, undeniably ubiquitous, and, yeah, they do the job in the summertime. Or you might think of panama hats, because they feel like the quintessential summer hat when you're making the distinction between a "hat" and a "cap." Or perhaps the phrase "summer hats" conjures images of bucket hats, with their all-around brim and eminently crushable (in a beach bag or a back pocket) construction.
None of these are wrong, and you'll find them all and more on the list below. (There's only a few panama hats, though, because good ones are rare, the style tends to work better in theory than in practice, and like Paul Giamatti with merlot, we're not recommending any fucking straw trilbies and trying to pass them off as one of their more acceptable cousins.) Oh, and there's also a gigantic sun hat or two for the folks out there who, like me, are ridiculously susceptible to sunburn. Slather on that SPF, for sure, but topping yourself off with a shade-giving hat is an essential line of defense at the beach, the park, or anywhere else people tend to congregate in the sun for hours on end.
But enough about us. Let's focus on you, and all the best hats you have at your disposal this summer. Time to get shopping, friend. Right this way...
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Bora Bora II Booney Hat
If straw ain't your thing, howsabout this technical option from the outdoors specialists at Columbia?
Rugged Professional Cap
Think of it as your trusty Carhartt beanie, just built for the warmer months ahead.
One of the coolest ways to switch up your summertime headwear? Corduroy. It makes a dad cap feel downright luxurious. Plus, that dodo embroidery is a whole (very good) vibe.
Pierside Straw Hat
A summer hat made especially for sitting on the pier, gazing at a waterfront view for hours on end.
Ameritage Dad Cap
A black Champion dad cap? For less than 20 bucks? That's a no-brainer.
Banquet Canvas Snapback
The cool-guy hat that, coincidentally, gives you a bright idea when you don't know what drink you're feeling.
Reversible Bucket Hat
Plaid one day. Navy the next. Bang for your buck, baby!
If Indiana Jones was going to relax and not explore, this would be his hat of choice.
Panama Straw Hat
Or this one—there's just no going wrong with a straw hat in summer.
Logo-Embroidered Baseball Cap
Clean, simple, and classic. Your every day dad hat.
It's protective and breathable, and you can fold it right up and stick it in your pocket.
Class V Brimmer
With an adjustable drawstring, this Steve Irwin-esque hat is for the true summertime adventurers.
Stripe Crochet Straw Hat
To add a bit of flair to your outfit.
This wide-brim hat is just fishin' for compliments.
Create Statement Baseball Cap
A very good hat with a great message.
Victory Bucket Hat
Basically, this bucket hat from The Three Stripes is winning. Just check out its name.
Straw Hat with Horsebit
Gucci's classic horsebit detail, now in hat form.
Tour Performance Golf Hat
Remember folks: Golf is cool now.
Linen Check Bucket Hat
A colorful check bucket hat in breezy linen, thanks to hatter extraordinaire Câbleami.
Floral-Print Bucket Hat
When it comes to the most romantic floral prints, Erdem is, put plainly, the best of the best.
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