If baseball caps are your go-to accessory for sunny beach days, we have some bad news: since they only shield part of your face, baseball caps don't provide sufficient coverage from dangerous UV rays, which up your risk of developing skin cancer. A better option? Sun hats, which shade your entire face, ears, and the back of your neck.
"The best sun hats have a tight weave and a three- to four-inch brim," Heidi Waldorf, MD, associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City told Health in a previous interview.
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Whether you’re relaxing by the water or strolling through your local farmer’s market, here are the best sun hats to safeguard your skin this summer.
1. J.Crew Textured Summer Straw Hat
You can't go wrong with a simple straw hat. This one from J.Crew features an extra-wide brim and comes in black or tan. Also good: more than 40 positive reviews.
To buy: $35; jcrew.com
2. Old Navy Slouchy Straw Sun Hat
This paper straw hat—a steal at just $14—has a casual look without being too floppy, thanks to an interior sweatband that provides a snug fit.
To buy: $14; oldnavy.com
3. Target Floppy Hat With Band
Another budget buy, this lightweight hat is perfect for Sunday brunch or a stroll around town. The large woven brim fully blocks the sun, while a thick black band adds serious style.
To buy: $15; target.com
4. August Hat Pom Straw Fedora
We can't get enough of the playful poms on this flat-brimmed fedora. The 3.5-inch brim will keep you shaded on even the sunniest days—not to mention, it will look great on Instagram!
To buy: $48; nordstrom.com
5. Vince Camuto Colorblock Floppy Hat
Looking to add a pop of color to your summer wardrobe? You'll stand out from the crowd in this pink floppy hat.
To buy: $42; macys.com
6. J.Crew Striped Straw Hat
This navy-and-white striped hat puts a nautical spin on the classic sun hat. Bonus: it's available in two different sizes to ensure a perfect fit.
To buy: $30; jcrew.com
7. Eddie Bauer Lost Lake Felt Hat
Stay sun safe year-round with this 100% wool felt hat, which has a heavier feel that's perfect for chillier days.
To buy: $32; eddiebauer.com
8. Columbia Global Adventure Packable Hat
Take this moisture-wicking hat with you on all your summer adventures. The adjustable strap ensures it won't fly away on windy days, it retains its shape (even after being crumpled in your carry-on), and boasts SPF 50 for added sun protection.
To buy: $23; zappos.com