Be sun safe and chic in these stylish summer hat looks

While most of Australia has had mixed weather recently when the sun is shining we all know what we need to do… ensure we have sun protection. And what better way than to literally top off a chic look than with a gorgeous hat. Headwear, like many accessories, can make your look and these ladies are proof in the stylish pudding. Most of the outfits are simple, comfortable, summer looks that are elevated into the coolest casual style we ever did see. Take a look at each of the outfits below to remain protected throughout summer without compromising style.

I can’t say we ever thought a scarf teamed with a hat would look so amazing in a summer look but here we are… and isn’t it great? The fact it’s a very small neck scarf makes all the difference, plus an understated white shirt keeps it from looking too busy.

Image via Pinterest. City Beach hat $24.99

There is so much joy in this look, from the smile to the very on-trend graphic tunic and pretty pastels. We love the confidence to go for a retro hat like this, it’s a beautifully elegant way to top off a happy outfit. Consider keeping your clothes modern or eccentric when opting for a vintage hat.

Image via Pinterest. Kmart hat $9

Blue is a great colour choice in your headwear as it’s complementary to the skin and can be styled just like a neutral as it goes with most other tones. Pairing a simple hat and shift is a reliable combo for a day spent on your feet and looking sweet.

Image via Pinterest. Big W hat $12

For those not-so-hot days grab the denim, a flowy white shirt and don’t even think about doing your hair because this hat MAKES the outfit.

Image via Pinterest. Piper hat $34.96 @ Myer

The cowboy shape is never in or out of fashion due to its undeniable practicality and the way it suits all face shapes. We love how this is paired with casual basics, the earthy-looking materials is the common thread that brings all the pieces together here.

Image via Pinterest. Brixton hat $79.95 @ The Hat Store

Rain or shine, always remain open to wearing monochrome looks. If you’re still wanting to make it feel more summery than take inspiration from below and add a rustic, weave-style bag or clutch.

Image via Pinterest. Rigon hat $23.96 @ Myer

A fail-safe styling tip is to mirror the tones in your hat. Creams and blacks, a touch of gold and you have a very well put together outfit.

Image via Pinterest. Kmart hat $9

These boater hats are very in fashion but can be a bit tricky to keep on as they’re quite shallow. So the hat we’ve matched below has an extended black sash that you can wrap around back of your neck so it doesn’t fly away.

Image via PinterestTony Bianco hat $89.95 @ The Iconic

This is a shining example of how to style your hat for a semi-formal day event. 1) Go black and white – picture this in bright tones and patterns, it wouldn’t feel as formal. 2) Be bold with your accessories to show off your style. 3) Never sacrifice comfort if you know you’re facing a day out in the elements. An elegant pant avoids chaffing and flats are mandatory. Note: if you’re very petite, we’d go for a more fitted pant but otherwise this look still works for us shorties.

Image via PinterestKmart hat $9

The upturn brim style instantly adds a touch of luxury compared to say, a floppy hat. While this hat can also look great casually, do reach for this type of headwear if you need to be a bit dressy for a specific function.

Image via Pinterest. Kooringal hat $44.95 @ The Hat Store

Looking for a goes-with-anything hat? Here it is and it’s $9! Paired below with soft oceanic tones, it would work equally well with your favourite colourful beach dress.

Image via Pinterest. Big W hat $9

It’s crazy what a polka dot hat sash can do to elevate a basic straw hat into stylish headwear. A great addition to your next race day, this hat would add interest to a white or black frock.

Image via Pinterest. Cancer Council hat $59.95 @ The Hat Store

We often think patterns when we envision beachwear and this blue and white graphic band gives that seaside edge we’re looking for.

Image via Pinterest. Myer hat $29.95

You can never be too protected from the sun and what better way than with an extra-wide brim hat. If you’re going oversized with your headwear then keep your attire neat. Don’t wear anything ruffly, opt for clean lines and subtle silhouettes.

Image via PinterestWitchery hat $129.95


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