Looking to shake up your usual summer looks? A statement-making hat is a super easy way to add a little somethin, somethin to your ‘fit without risk of overheating (we’re starting to sweat just thinking about layering on a jacket or cardigan). So without further ado, here are four must-have summer hats to start mixing into your wardrobe ASAP, plus one old-school style you might want to leave in storage.
The 4 Hottest Hat Trends of Summer ‘22 (Plus 1 Style to Retire For Now)
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1. bucket Hats
Yes, the Y2K wardrobe staple is still going strong, so if you didn’t opt in last summer, you might want to stock up now. Bucket hats are definitely the most popular hat trend of the summer, meaning there are options out there in every color and pattern, and at every price point. Have fun with a printed checkerboard or floral version, or go simple with a solid-hued neutral tone—there’s really no wrong way to rock it, as long as you’re having fun.
2. baseball Caps
A timeless classic, the baseball cap never really went out of style, but it’s definitely having a moment right now following the rise of dad fashion and country club apparel. You can always wear it with your beloved athleisure staples, but try mixing it in with some less expected pieces too. Think wide-leg trousers and T-shirts, or tropical print midi dresses and flat sandals.
3. wide-brim Gardening Hats
An extension of the bucket hat trend, gardening hats also fit in perfectly with the coastal grandmother aesthetic. And in the words of Ina Garten, how perfect is that? How to identify the right one? The brim should be wide and floppy, and we recommend ties to help you secure in place. Wear them with other Ina and Nancy Meyers’ approved staples like breezy button-ups, boho midi dresses and maybe even some gardening clogs if you’re feeling cheeky.
4. cowboy-inspired Straw Hats
Straw hats are pretty much a no-brainer for summer, but some variations are trendier than others. You’ll never look out of place in a classic floppy wide brim, but for summer 2022 cowboy hats are reigning supreme over boaters, fedoras and even Panama hats. To avoid looking like a ranch hand lost in the city or a bachelorette party attendee separated from her crew, opt for straw styles in neutral hues and avoid anything too literal (i.e. leather or suede) or overly embellished.
5. don’t: Short-brimmed Fedoras
If you’re going to rock a structured straw hat this summer, make it one with a much wider brim, like a boater or Panama hat (or the cowboy style above). Twenties-era fedoras, while not a total fashion faux pas, just aren’t the most interesting or popular toppers in 2022. So feel free to keep them tucked away in storage until thinner brims come back into vogue.