How to Rock Summer Hats

Does the summer sunshine inspire you to don a hat? While many women can be resistant to wearing hats, come summer time, hats can become a virtually essential accessory to protect our hair, skin and indeed our heads from the warm rays. If wearing a hat puts you out of your comfort zone or you feel that hats are just not your style, rest assured that there are so many more looks you can try.For those of you who are hat hesitant or struggle to decide which hat is the right for you, we've put together a guide to 10 different looks you can try. Between fedoras, baseball caps, floppy wide brim hats, trilby hats, panama hats and straw hats, there's something for everyone to consider.


A simple stripy summer dress and a dark stripy floppy summer hat - that's all it takes sometimes. This is such a simple summer look, perfect for day wear. Add some big sunnies and sandals and the look is complete.


Tuck a light button-down shirt down into denim jeans or shorts and team with a panama hat over tousled wavy hair to achieve a cowgirl inspired look. Cowgirl boots are optional - sandals will work just fine and high heel wedges or sandals will help to elongate the leg if wearing shorts.


Spending the day on the beach? A bathing suit and a quite cover up are the perfect match for a large floppy beach hat. If ever you needed an excuse to don a floppy summer hat, this is it. It?s perfect for taming beach hair and with sunglasses in check, you can keep up the glam after your dip in the sea.


Kimonos and loose dresses, especially long shirt dresses are so on trend right now. Achieve a super on-trend ensemble by teaming a kimono and loose dress with heels and a panama hat. This is a super cool summer style that simply looks effortless.


As mentioned in the point above, shirt dresses are so hot this summer. Whatever your preference of shirt dress, be it drop waists, double high slits, button-downs, asymmetric hemlines or mandarin-collars, teaming it with a wide-brim straw hat makes for an awesome summer look.


Of all the summer hats, women can be most hesitant to embrace the beauty of trilby fedoras. It?s true that fedoras can seem hit and miss and you have to be careful which outfits you team them with. However, fedoras can make the right outfit look really high fashion. This summer, team a fedora hat with a sleeveless jumpsuit and a pair of pointed toe flat shoes. This look is perfect for day and evening wear and looks incredibly fashionable.


In summer you're simply bound to see lots of dungarees. Dungarees and overalls have been noted several times on spring/summer catwalks this year so expect to see them abound in the high street stores this summer too. Dungarees and panama hats are a great match. Leave your hair to dry naturally and wear minimal makeup to really compliment this au naturel look.


Rompers (essentially short playsuits) are still ever so popular. We absolutely love them for summer wear as they can be very easily transitioned from a day into an evening look. Floppy summer hats are a great complement to romper playsuits. This combination just screams festival chic but looks just as great teamed with heels for a night on the town as it does with sandals or wellies on the dance field.


Looking for a rock chick look for the summer sun? A graphic t-shirt, shorts, boots (high heeled or flat boots - whatever your preference) teamed with a trilby hat is an effortlessly cool rock chick look. The extra brave will choose to don leather shorts and a leather cuff as part of this look to add some extra edge.


If you're opting for the casual boyfriend jeans and baseball shirt combination, a panama hat and hair plaited to the side can be a great look. Failing that, how about reverting to a classic, old school look and swap out the panama hat for a baseball cap. Stick on some converse or tennis shoes and this ultra-casual summer look is complete.


You may have been reluctant to wear summer hats in the past but we hope this guide has provided you with plenty of inspiration to experiment. Remember, summer hats aren't just a great fashion accessory, they shade your face and eyes from the bright sun and help protect your hair. Add flair and character with a stylish summer hat from Oxford shop.


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