The best reason to rock a summer hat? Not for fashion of course, but in the name of wrinkle prevention.Â And while aÂ good scarf and chunky shadesÂ are a good start, these wonâ€™t be enough to combat the 50 shades of sun this summerÂ promises.Â â€œWe have the tendency to perceive the post-sun sky as a friendlier one, not taking into account that UV rays are still lingering even when the sun is low,â€ says Charlotteâ€™s Book founderÂ Robin Shobin.
Summer shades and a good scarf will protect the sensitive skin around theÂ eyes and neck but without a hat, any skin left exposed will remain vulnerable to UV rays (sunburned scalpsÂ are a real thing).
â€œFor every extra inch of hat brim, you get 10% lower risk of skin cancer,â€ explains Dr.Â Marnie Nussbaum-Brown, who is a Clinical Instructor of Dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College and has a private practice on the Upper East Side.
So, toÂ wrap up our summer essentials of 2017, here are our picks for best summer hatsâ€”with sun protection and style packed into every inch of the brim.
1. THE UPSTATE CHILLER,Â J. CREWÂ (pictured above), $45
This classic designÂ with a geometric twistÂ offers SPF protectionÂ to last you through yourÂ favorite summer read, and beyond.
2.Â THE SOCIAL INFLUENCER,Â REVOLVE, $66
This uniquely threaded design offers protection (30 SPF) and is designed by â€œalways on vacationâ€ Alessandra Ambrosio herself.
3. THE CITY PLAYER, ASOS,Â $13
Sometimes you donâ€™t want to rock a straw hat. And while a baseball cap doesnâ€™t have a full brim, it is better than neglecting a hat all together. A classic baseball cap is easy to throw in your purse or bag, plus, this simple black oneÂ literally goes with everything from a bikini toyoga pants. Throw it on after you leave the gym (every minute of sun protection counts!).
4.Â THE BARGAIN, TARGET, $14.99
This floppy and packable hat is the perfect match for an impromptu family vacation. Did you see that price?!
5. THE SCENE STEALER,Â ZARA, $29.90
This raffia brim with embroidery on the inside is a total poolside scene-stealer and your SPF BFF.