Ready for some fun in the sun? Whether you plan to lounge in the sand with a sizzling summer read or rollick in the water for a splashy cool-down, a fabulous beach hat is a must for every woman. But there are a few important things to consider other than how cute your beach hat is going to look on you — namely, the brim size, the fabric, how easily it can be packed, and whether or not you can adjust the fit.
Read on for your beach hat checklist, then get ready to shop the best beach hats for women, including the hottest wide-brim styles, floppy hats, and embellished headpieces.
Brim Size Matters
The best beach hats have wide brims of 3 inches or more. Far better than a basic baseball cap or sun visor that only shields your eyes and parts of your face, a wide-brim hat offers sun protection for your ears and neck as well — areas that are often overlooked, but just as important to protect.
Fabric and Foldability
Straw hats and those made from other natural fibers including cotton and linen make ideal summer hats because they are lightweight, breathable, and typically crushable. A packable sun hat is one that you can throw in your beach bag and not worry about ruining its shape. You should also look for hats that have a UPF50 rating, which means the fabric itself offers additional sun protection from harmful UV rays.
Sun hats that can be adjusted with chin cords, chin straps, and inner drawstrings are excellent for ensuring your topper stays on your head during a breezy beach day. If your beach hat doesn't have any of these features, you can always use sizing tape to achieve the right fit. (FYI, every hat purchased from Tenth Street Hats includes two free pieces of sizing tape.)
Wide Brim Hats
Big brims are ideal when it comes to beach-time fun. Get the most coverage with these wide brim sun hats that are as stylish as they are sensible. Want more? Browse our full selection of womens wide brim hats.
Elgans by Scala
Classic, chic, confident: Elgans by Scala is that special kind of beach straw hat that never goes out of style. Made from palm fiber and equipped with a 5-inch brim, this hat will keep the sun out of yoiur face from every angle, giving you a lifestime of style under the sun.
Diego by Scala
This straw boater hat is for the beach-goer who appreciates understated elegance, even when trudging through the sand in a bikini. Crafted with paper braid straw, Diego by Scala is a wide-brim summer hat featuring a 4-inch brim and a black grosgrain band. Available in toast (seen above), natural, black, and grey, you're bound to find the perfect neutral hue that goes with any outfit. This hat is packable as well, meaning you can fold, crush, or squish it into your suitcase for your next vacay, without worrying about ruining it's structure.
Paula by Callanan
Putting a stylish spin on the traditional wide-brim hat, Paula by Callanan makes its mark with a rolled 4-inch brim that not only blocks the sun's rays, but also strikes a chic style statement. Constructed of hand-crocheted raffia, this round-crown topper is trimmed with a chiffon scarf that comes in black, bronze (shown), coral, or gold.
The quintessential beach hat style, the floppy hat is the furthest thing from a flop when it comes to fun in the sun. With a wide brim and laid-back silhouette, floppies are a must for summer. These are just a few of our favorites, so be sure to peruse our larger selection of womens floppy hats.
Amelia by Scala
Your new summer hat crush has arrived. Amelia by Scala is the kind of crushable straw floppy that looks good on every face shape. Foldable and lightweight, this hand-crocheted raffia hat offers a 4-inch brim for maximum sun protection. The black grosgrain band and bow add just a touch of glitz and the COOLMAX® Elasticized Sweatband sweatband ensures a comfortable and dry fit.
Pelican by Tommy Bahama
A floppy brim, round crown, and UPF50+ sun protection — what more could you ask for? Pelican by Tommy Bahama is primed to be your go-to hat whether you're planning a day at the beach or just enjoying some fun outdoor activities. The simple band gives it just enough flourish, while the 5 1/2-inch brim will shield your face from those pesky UV rays. And for a final touch, this style has an inner drawstring sweatband to hold you all in place, just in case the beach is particularly gusty that day.
Isle by Scala
Proving that floppy is not sloppy, Isle from Scala Collezione is made from beautifully hand-crocheted seagrass that creates an intricate pattern that seamlessly flows from the round crown to the 3 3/4-brim. Trimmed with a simple leather lace, this floppy wide-brim hat is also crushable, so you can grab and go without a second thought.
From playful patterns and prints to eye-catching details, embellished beach hats are perfect for the woman who likes to make a statement by the seashore.
Via Davini by Scala
Yes, dahling. You look marvelous. A shelly straw sun hat for those long days by the shore, Via Davini by Scala is a full-on affair with flair. Made of braided raffia, this wide-brim beach hat dazzles with a 6-inch brim that will protect your face, neck, and shoulders.
Rica by Cappelli
You'll love this hat for so many reasons — the embroidered band, 4-inch brim, and stylish boater crown are just a few. Perfect for the beach or a stroll in the sun, Rica by Cappelli is a stunner by any beach standard with its floral and sequin decorated band and adjustable inner drawstring sweatband.
Nerissa by Cappelli
It doesn't need to be a beach day to appreciate the beauty of Nerissa by Cappelli, your new favorite wide-brim straw hat. It's iradescent color gives it that extra "wow" factor, and all heads will be turning in your direction. The safari shape is a smart alternative to the more familiar round crown, and the turquoise beaded band — replete with tropical charms — adds just the right amount of extra. Although the brim might look a little short, this women's sun hat boasts a wide brim measuring 3 1/4-inches, making it a winner when it comes to sun protection.
That old 1950s song might declare "there ain't no cure for the summertime blues," but we have to disagree. Fountainebleau by Brooklyn is a splashy sun straw hat that amps up the basic beach hat with a snazzy tie-dye twist. The fringe edging of the 4-inch brim and double grosgrain trim keep the party going, while the durable toyo straw ensures this hat is built to last.
When the summer sun is out, having fun is a must, but it's also essential to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. The great news is that you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars (Eugenia Kim hats, we're talking about you) to find the perfect topper that will give you as much style as it does substance. Once you know what to look for, it's time to fulfill your wish list.
For more beach-time inspiration, be sure to peruse our larger selection of womens beach hats and get shopping!