It’s a great habit to have: you go outside and without thinking , you grab your hat. Especially in the warm months when we all spend so much time outside, hats really offer a lot of protection from the sun. The wider the brim, the less sun damage to your face, neck, and even shoulders. It makes a huge difference if you always remember your hat. (Guys this goes for you too!)

Need a good sun hat? What better place to start looking than! Pages and pages of hats for all ages and different seasons from many different quality brands. And also something for every budget. Here are a few of my favorites.

I love this style (gambler style) and its wide but not too wide brim for going out around town. Doesn’t look “beachy.” $26
Helen Kaminski’s bretton style “Hampton” wide brimmed hat. Something for a garden party or just working in the garden. $165
And a wonderful very classic wide brimmed (4.5 inches) hat with style from Pantropic, the “Margate Raffia Sun hat.” $41

Follow these tips for better sun protection (from

  • WEAR A HAT! The wider the brim the better, but make sure it covers your
    face, ears and neck.
  • A tightly woven straw hat or cloth material will shade skin, but loosely woven hats will let in the sun’s potentially harmful rays. Look for hats with 50+ SPF rating.
  • Seek shade between the peak daylight hours of 10 am and 2 pm.
  • Make sure to apply 50+ SPF water resistant sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside, even on a cloudy or overcast day
  • Use sunscreen even under clothing. The sun’s rays can penetrate a typical t-shirt.
  • Reapply sunscreen every couple hours, especially when in and out of the water.
  • Be mindful of surfaces such as sand, water and snow. Reflections can be just as harmful as direct sun rays.
  • When exposed to higher altitudes where there is less atmosphere to absorb the sun’s rays, be sure to take extra precautions
Photo (top) courtesy of Anna Cervova

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