I'm Obsessed With Sun Protection—Here Are My Favorite Wide-Brim Hats

In case you missed it, last summer, I wrote about what it was like having skin cancer at 20 years old. Luckily, the two spots were removed without issue, but the experience sparked a lifelong dedication to sun protection. In addition to sunscreen, hats are my favorite way to shield myself from the sun. Considering that both of my basal cell carcinoma spots were on my forehead, wearing hats outside is a no-brainer for me, and it should be for you, too!

Below, I've rounded up some of my favorite wide-brim hats that are practical and stylish. From affordable versions to luxury buys, there's something in this roundup for everyone. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but don't forget that SPF, even if you're wearing a hat. 

Straw Hats

The aptly named "Best Hat" is a winner in my book thanks to the wide 5-inch brim, practical chin strap, and quality tight-weave design. 

This chin strap is super practical for windy days. 

Visors shouldn't be relegated to the country club. 

This hat has over 350 five-star reviews on Nordstrom thanks to its high quality and classic design. 

This is a best seller at Madewell, and it's easy to see why: It's super chic and protects well. 

This would look perfect with a classic white shirtdress. 

I love how this is styled with a floral dress in coordinating colors. 

This ultra-wide brim will certainly come in handy this summer. 

Here's an option for those of you who will never give up black, even in the summer. 

This is giving me Audrey Hepburn vibes. 

This scalloped detail is such a fun twist on a standard straw hat. 

Bucket Hats

This strawberry print is too cute to pass up. 

Ganni always has the funnest prints. 

Bucket hats are not just for gardening. 

If you want a little designer-logo action. 

This yellow hat is so cheery and is perfect for warm summer days spent outside. 

I'd wear this with an electric-blue dress for a bit of contrast. 

Madewell has never let me down when it comes to accessories. 

Your inner 13-year-old is jealous of this cute patchwork hat. 

The kind of hat you'll keep for years and years. 

This patchwork hat has a cool '70s feel to it. 

Don't be afraid to mix prints and wear this with a striped dress. 


Eugenia Kim is always a smart choice when it comes to well-made hats. 

Could the logo visor be the new logo bag? Only time will tell. 

This ultra-wide brim is such a fun twist on a visor. 

This would look fantastic with a linen dress.