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12 Must-Have Beach Straw Hats That Offer Sun Protection and Style

must-have beach straw hats

Now that summer is here, I’ve been spending lots of time dreaming about my next beach getaway, and guess what’s at the top of my packing list? My straw hats. If you haven’t hopped on this fashion train yet, let me tell you why these chic accessories are an absolute game-changer for your summer wardrobe.

First off (and the most important in my book) is that hats provide ample sun protection. Assuming you’ve already lathered up in SPF, a hat is a great way to further protect your skin from the harsh rays. A wide brim can protect your face, shoulders, and neck from the summer sun while also offering a fun addition to your outfit.

Now let’s talk about versatility: Whether you’re lounging by the pool, strolling European shops, or hitting up a beachside cafe, a straw hat can effortlessly elevate your look. And the best part? There’s a straw hat for every outfit and occasion. From wide-brimmed beauties to the trendy bucket hat style, these accessories are as practical and they are stylish.

Even after the warm weather months, I’ve found myself reaching for my straw hats on the regular because they go with everything. Pair them with a breezy sundress, your favorite bathing suit, or even some casual denim shorts and a tank top—either way you’ve got yourself the perfect sun shield.

Looking for your own must-have beach straw hat? Here are some options I love and have been eyeing lately…

12 Must-Have Beach Straw Hats

1. Anthropologie Vented Crown Sun Hat

I absolutely love the light color on this hat. The vented crown is sure to keep your head cool in the summer heat while the shorter brim with suede accents helps elevate the look. You could easily wear this from the beach to brunch, just pair it with a light linen set or an oversized white button down.

 Anthropologie Vented Crown Sun Hat

2. J.Crew Short-brim Boater Hat

I can’t help but picture myself wearing this cute straw hat while on a boat in Europe. The chin strap bow tie will help keep everything in place (even in windy conditions). If an international trip isn’t in your cards right now, this pick would look equally as cute with a sun dress and some comfy white sneakers.

Since the brim is definitely on the shorter side, you’ll definitely want to throw on some sunscreen (you should really be wearing SPF every day!) And if you’re not feeling the natural beach look, check out my recommendations for beach makeup products here.

 J.Crew Short-brim Boater Hat

3. Anthropologie Wyeth Double-Weave Straw Bucket Hat

If you don’t already have a bucket hat in your summer wardrobe, this is your sign to add one, or a few for that matter. There’s no denying that bucket hats have made a trendy comeback, offering a playful and casual alternative to the wide brim, classic straw hat you might typically reach for when heading to the beach. Even if it’s out of your norm, this style can add a youthful vibe to your summer look.

Oh, and one of the best parts of this hat is actually a hidden detail in the design: It has a Velcro strap inside so you can adjust the tightness and create the perfect fit.

Anthropologie Wyeth Double-Weave Straw Bucket Hat

4. Wide Brim Straw Panama Hat

When browsing for sun hat options you might be surprised to find that many of them are expensive—particularly straw hats. If you’re looking for a cute and cost-friendly choice, this Amazon find is one of my faves. Hesitant about a piece from Amazon? Don’t be! Over the years, I’ve sourced some great finds from the site, but if you’re not convinced, check out these reviews:

“I love the classic fedora style shape on this hat because it will never go out of style. The brim is not too floppy yet not too stiff—it’s just right! It also comes in 11 different color combinations.”

“This is an outstanding hat. For the price, it’s very stylish, durable, and useful. My head is always too big for the cutesy hats from Target and other places, so I appreciated the L/XL size!”

“I’m so impressed with the quality of this hat for the price. It has a ton of great features and the size can be adjusted. It also provides UPF 50 sun protection, has a chin strap, and it’s foldable for packing. Perfect for beach and pool!”

Wide Brim Straw Panama Hat

5. Lack of Color Inca Wide Bucket Hat

I just had to include another bucket hat on this list, and this one features a slightly wider brim and the same vented crown details as the Anthropologie hat above. With this pick, you know you’re investing in something quality. Lack of Color creates specialty crafted hats, ranging from colorful wool fedoras to stylish straw boaters and fedoras.

Since this hat has a more structured fit and is made with 100% raffia straw, it might be stiffer than others on this list. If you plan to travel, I would suggest carrying it on the plane with you or being strategic with how you pack it.

Lack of Color Inca Wide Bucket Hat

6. J.Crew Textured Summer Straw Hat

Looking for a packable hat? Because of the crochet detail, this hat flattens and folds easily, making it a great option to tote alone when traveling. Again, even though I always recommend you wear (and reapply) sunscreen, the extra-wide brim will help keep you cool and protected regardless of how you’re spending your time outside.

This hat also comes in black, offering a fun way to change things up. With either color you choose, you could style it with a square neck swimsuit, some white sandals, and dainty gold accessories.

J.Crew Textured Summer Straw Hat

7. Lele Sadoughi Straw Checkered Hat

The practical design on this hat makes it a solid choice for an active day in the sun—whether you’re strolling the beach or you’re gardening. The wide brim and traditional neck strap will keep things secure while the checkered details in the straw add fun and unexpected detailing.

Lele Sadoughi Straw Checkered Hat

8. LSPACE Isadora Black Bucket Hat

I absolutely love this hat, but I probably wouldn’t make it your go-to beach hat due to the black color. The neutral color options are better for the beach since they’ll keep your head cooler. However, with that being said, I do think this hat would look so chic to wear to brunch after the beach. I’d pair it with a little black dress (I love a good monochromatic moment).

LSPACE Isadora Black Bucket Hat

9. Janessa Leone Sherman Hat

What I love most about this hat is its timeless design. It’s simple yet sophisticated, and it would pair seamlessly with most closet staples. Can we also talk about the color? I love that it’s slightly darker for when you want to wear an all white look.

Janessa Leone Sherman Hat

10. Lack of Color Raffia Cowboy Hat

If you’re looking for a cowboy hat that’s beach-friendly, this is the pick for you. Honestly, I’m not a big western hat girl, but I could see that this one would be perfect for a concert, festival, or even a day at the pool or beach. The reviews note that it tends to run big, so I would recommend sizing down if you love the style.

Lack of Color Raffia Cowboy Hat

11. Hat Attack Roll Up Travel Visor

Craving a fun alternative to a traditional sun hat? Try out a visor instead. With this style, you have the option to throw your hair up in a ponytail or messy bun while still benefitting from added sun protection.

In the reviews, people vouch that this hat is ideal for packing into a suitcase because it’s easy to roll—a must-have for packing for your next beach vacation.

Hat Attack Roll Up Travel Visor

12. Lack of Color Paloma Sun Hat

If you agree in the “the bigger the better” then this hat was arguably made for you. I love the traditional shape and style with the bow detailing, which is even removable! There’s definitely a time and a place to flaunt a statement piece and this hat certainly provides that.

Lack of Color Paloma Sun Hat

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