SUMMER GUIDE: Sun Hats

SUMMER GUIDE: Sun Hats

Once you have your skin protected with sunscreens, it is time to find the perfect hat to add to your outfit. We at Sophie the Blog adore hats and just love to share our love of them with everyone. Not only are they stylish, but they also protect your face and eyes from the sun as well.

Now, one thing to keep in mind is that hats definitely don't take the place of good sunscreen. They do a good job of blocking the harmful UV rays, but shouldn't be you only defense. Just because you can block the sun's rays coming from above doesn't mean you're blocking them from reflecting off the ground. We'll go over a few things to consider when picking out a sun hat that not only looks fantastic but helps protect from sunburns and heat stroke.

 Short brimmed hats offer less protection, but definitely don't lack in fun.

Short brimmed hats offer less protection, but definitely don't lack in fun.

Activity

One of the first things to keep in mind is the type of activity you'll be doing while wearing your hat. Going for a stroll on a sunny yet windy day? Try one with a chinstrap to make sure it doesn't float away. Driving or biking? Maybe a short-brimmed option is best so it doesn't impede you periphral vision. Are you travelling? Go with a packable option. There are many great hats out there that can be crammed, crinkled, and crushed to fit in any bag you can stuff them in.

Color is Key

Sun hats can come in a variety of materials and colors. White and light colors do a great job of reflecting light and help in keeping cool on hot days. Unfortunately, they're not optimal for absorbing harmful rays. Darker or brighter colors do a wonderful job absorbing the penetrating rays, but can feel much warmer in the process. Actually, a great bet is blue. Riding both lines of reflection and absorption without a hot, heavy feel, blues are a terrific option.  

Brim Size and Shape

With big, floppy hats being so in this year, experimenting with the size and shape of the brim of a potential hat can be a lot of fun. If you're looking to protect more than your hair part, you should look for a brim that's at least 3 inches wide all around. This will at least cover some of the most susceptible places to sunburn: forehead, nose, and cheeks. If you're looking for protection for your entire face and neck, go for a hat with a 4 (or more) inch brim for literally more all-around protection.

Shape matters as well. Baseball hats are fun (just check out our post with some quick hair-styling tips for them here), but really only protect the top of your nose and forehead, leaving ears, cheeks, and neck exposed. There are some adorable asymmetrical options out there, but the same applies to them as well. Again, just be sure to throw on some sunscreen as well and you'll be good to go!

 This hat offers very little protection against UV rays and, aparantly, sharks.

This hat offers very little protection against UV rays and, aparantly, sharks.

Sun hats are a fun and stylish way to way to keep a little cooler while looking exponentially cooler. Give them a whirl! There's the perfect one out there for any activity, event, or brunch outing when you just didn't get up early enough to do your hair at all. Here are some picks that we found (and love) for inspiration. Now go try some on at your nearest friendly hat shop.

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Sun hats: protecting all of us.

 

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