5 Must-have hats for summer

Jun 18, 2014 at 3:46 a.m. ET

Hats are entirely too fabulous to ignore or fail to incorporate into our closet, and these hats are perfect for everyday wear.

Hats have always been a part of our wardrobe DNA. More recently, they have been accepted as a vital accessory to complete our outfit for day or night. We may remember the days when wearing a cap to cover up a bad hair day was one of the primary reasons for sporting one, or frowning upon throwing on a hat because it wasn't chic enough. Well, those feelings of hats being just a hair cover-up are long gone (actually it still serves as a purpose... ha) because they are entirely too fabulous to ignore or fail to incorporate into our closet. Another point I'd like to make is that hats are not just stored away and brought out for special occasions. Nope, move over church lady and royal queens and princesses, we are making this accessory work for our most precious everyday looks. Even for our simple ensembles. Yup.

I picked up this J.Crew authentic Panama hat the other day for my upcoming trip to Miami. It's a refreshing twist to the classic style that we usually see, with this neon strip added to the mix.

From flirty baseball hats to sassy floppy hats, here are five styles you should consider adding to your list. Take a look at my five most favorite hats for summer.

River Island cream straw boater hat $36

Grin and Bear It Bowler $30

J. Crew Eyelet Baseball Cap $40

Catarzi Exclusive to Asos Floppy Hat $40

Sensi Studio Classic Panama Hat $125

Most of these styles are wearable throughout summer and some can even go all year. I love what a hat can do for your outfit.