ISSUE 17  |  Color Stories

10 Easy Pieces: Straw Hats

April 29, 2015 1:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

Looking for a Mother’s Day gift? As a longtime mother, I have three suggestions: straw hat, straw hat, straw hat.

You can’t beat a straw hat for stylish sun protection whether you’re in the garden, taking a stroll, or headed to the beach. Our 10 favorite shapes all have a flattering way of framing a face:

Above: A wide-brimmed Straw Hat made of wheat straw comes in two sizes; $44 from J. Crew.

Above: Inspired by 1930s garden parties and strolls along a river bank, Comme des Garí§ons’ woven Straw Hat has a molded top and rolled edges; $368 from La Garconne.

Above: Have it both ways. With its pinched crown, a large brimmed Natural Panama Straw Wakefield hat also evokes a fedora; $200 from Brookes Boswell.

Above: From L.L. Bean, a Paper Braid Hat has a 4-inch brim (one size fits all) and is $35.95. 

Above: A woven raffia Italian Hat has a crown dent and a 4.5-inch brim. Made in the US, it’s $275 from Barney’s.

Above: From Una Hats, a natural straw Boardwalk Cloche has a striped grosgrain ribbon and is hand-blocked on a vintage wood hat form. Wire reinforces the brim so you can adjust it to a jaunty angle; $169 from Madesmith.

Above: A Wide Brim Raffia Hat has a leather tie around the brim (one size fits all); It is $88 from Terrain.

Above: A Braided Wide Hat With UPF50 Sun Protection is $19.99 from Gardener’s Edge. An adjustable leather lanyard serves as a chin strap; $19.99 from Gardener’s Edge.

Above: A woven Straw Fedora Hat has a leather band and is $49.50 from Madewell.

Above: A Packable Sun Hat is crushable and will unfold to its original shape; it is $29.50 from REI.

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