Whether you're basking in the long days of summer at home or jetting off to a faraway sun-filled paradise, a fabulous sun hat is a must for every woman.
From classic floppy hats and dramatic wide-brim beach hats to face-saving fedoras and even an updated bucket hat, there are plenty of covetable styles that will keep you safe from the sun's harmful UV rays.
Even better, these top looks are all under $100. Shop the hottest hats with our guide to the best womens sun hats that are as sensible as they are chic.
Womens Sun Hat Checklist
Your beach bags are packed, the water bottles are chilled, and the sunblock has been applied. Now what? It's time to pick the perfect beach sun hat. But before you do, find out exactly what to look for when selecting the best womens sun hat.
Go big or go home. When it comes to sun hats, wide brims are best because they offer an ideal amount of sun protection not only for your face and eyes, but for areas that are often overlooked, including your ears and neck.
A wide-brim hat is one that measures 3 inches or more, and the great news is that wide brims come in all silhouettes including floppy sun hats, safari hats, Panama hats, and fedoras.
Breathe in, breathe out. It's not just a mantra during yoga class, it's a good motto to keep in mind when shopping for a sun hat.
Straw hats and those made from other natural fibers such as cotton and linen are ideal, as are those made from synthetic fabrics specifically designed for breathability.
And while not required, a hat made with sun protection fabric (UPF) is something to add to your wishlist — a UPF50 rating is a smart way to help shield against the dangers of skin cancer.
What good is a sun hat if you can't take it with you? A packable sun hat (aka crushable hat) is one that can be crushed, smashed, or otherwise knocked around and still spring back into shape. Whether you're stuffing it in your tote bags, throwing it in a suitcase, or folding it with your beach towel, a packable hat is a must.
Look for sun hats that can be adjusted with features such as Velcro, chin cords, chin straps, and inner drawstrings to help you get the right fit. After all, a sun hat won't do you any good if it doesn't stay on your head.
Best Womens Sun Hats
Amelia by Scala: $69
Say the phrase “beach hat” and this big-brim floppy is what comes to mind. The quintessential straw sun hat for those warm days on the shore, the Amelia by Scala is made of hand-crocheted raffia straw and is crushable for easy travel. It offers a 4-inch brim for optimum sun protection. The black grosgrain band and bow give it a timeless touch and the inner drawstring sweatband assures a perfect fit every time you wear it.
Destin by Scala: $62
This hand-crocheted raffia Scala Collezione offers much to be desired. The quality is unmistakable, yet the hat is still crushable and packable, perfect for traveling around the world or just traveling down to your nearest beach.
Lalago by Tommy Bahama: $54
You'll look absolutely fetching in this , no matter your wardrobe or destination. The -inch brim keeps the sun off your face and the adjustable drawstring sweatband keeps the hat on your head. As for that low price tag? We won't tell if you don't.
Elgans by Scala: $95
When nothing less than glamorous will do, look no further than this eye-catching straw safari hat by Scala. Made with sustainable palm fiber this hat works double-duty to keep you looking cool and feeling cool even on the hottest days, plus the inner drawstring sweatband ensures this sizeable accessory always stays put. The epic 5-inch frayed brim will keep your face (and body) safe from the sun's harmful rays, but unlike those pricey Eugenia Kim wide-brim chapeaus, this bold and beautiful topper keeps you well within your budget.
Diego by Scala: $54
Whether you're summering in the Hamptons, strolling the streets of Rome, or just hanging out in your own backyard, Scala's big-brim straw hat translates beautifully wherever you are. Crushable yet sturdy enough for your next adventure, the Amelia boasts a 4-inch brim for ample sun protection and the linen-texture band and bow add a bold finishing touch.
Alento by Scala - $55
Offering a fresh twist on the basic beach hat, the Alento wide brim hat charms with a Bel Air charms with a vented crown, 3 1/2-inch brim and patterened deisgn. Better still, this pretty headpiece is versatile enough to top off a pretty summer dress or festival look.
Levanzo by Scala: $70
An understated twist from your typical round crown, Scala's Levanzo hat for women deserves to be showcased. You'll look downright dazzling in this hand-crocheted raffia straw round crown hat. The 4-inch brim and chin cord make it a beach-goer's dream and an ideal way to beat the heat whether out at an even like a music festival or out back in the yard with the BBQ. Plus, it's crushable, allowing you to store it away in your bag when it's not in use.
Fun in the Sun
When the sun is out and the heat is on, wearing a hat is a must. Selecting the best women’s sun hats is more than just a matter of style, it's a matter of safety. With so many stylish headpieces, you are guaranteed to tastefully top off your look while getting the UV protection you need.