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10 Big hats to keep your skin safe this summer

We all need a good dose of SPF to keep our skin healthy in the summertime. But when it comes to fashion, is there anything more glamorous than a giant sun hat to protect us from harmful rays? We think not.

No need to forgo your sense of style when trying to stave off skin damage (although protection always comes first). Here are 10 giant hats to keep your skin in tip-top condition through the outside-all-day months of summer.

Classic straw

Classic straw |

Start off your big sun hat collection with a classic straw version, no frills required. This Topshop version will pair nicely with your natural glow and goes with everything in your summer wardrobe. (Topshop, $50)

Surprise details

Surprise Details |

This Laundry by Shelli Segal hat is business on top, party on the bottom. A plain old straw hat gets way more exciting when the underside is decorated with oversized black polka dots. But we promise you can still wear it 24/7. (Nordstrom, $48)

Cosmopolitan stripes

Cosmopolitan Stripes |

Leave it to Kate Spade to create a wide-brimmed hat worth of a city slicker. If you’re more of a Holly Golightly than a beachside Brigitte Bardot, this striped number is for you — timeless Givenchy gown sold separately. (Neiman Marcus, $78)

’70s flair

'70s Flair |

A truly floppy straw hat, like this black and yellow striped one from Topshop, was meant to be worn with an eyelet tank top and platform sandals. Perfect for Woodstock or, you know, a rooftop barbecue. This is 2014, after all. (Topshop, $50)

Lavender fedora

Lavender Fedora |

You don’t need to stick with neutral colors for hats. This lavender fedora adds some pastel charm to any outfit without making you look like an Easter egg. Charming, no? (, $29)


Embroidered |

Jonathan Adler’s embroidered straw hats add nautical appeal to the basic straw hat. My personal favorite is the anchor. Throw it on and you’re all set for a totally glam sailing trip. (Nordstrom, $88)

Scarf trim

Scarf Trim |

Inject a sense of whimsy onto an oversized straw hat with a colorful, patterned scarf band like the one on this Genie by Eugenia Kim Panama hat. Coachella may be over, but this hat certainly has a place at any other outdoor music festival you’d possibly want to attend. (Urban Outfitters, $88)

Sequined glamour

Sequined Glamour |

Sequins for summer? Yes, please! This River Island hat may be headless like a glorified visor, but it packs a high-powered, fashionable punch. You could wear only a towel and still be the most put-together woman lounging poolside — but you should probably wear at least a swimsuit. (, $30)

Solid black

Solid Black |

If you’re not that enthused about patterns or the color of straw, why not choose a solid black hat like the Stevie Wool Hat from NastyGal? Instant edge added to any little floral frock. (NastyGal, $30)

Ethereal bow

Ethereal Bow |

Let a big, wispy bow on your hat do the accessorizing for you. You won’t need much else by way of outfit flair if you’re wearing this floppy bow hat by Oasis (no, not the band). Just add some wing-tipped eyeliner and your favorite pair of Daisy Dukes. (, $38)

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