Women’s Hats

The August heat brings freckles, sunburn and eventually wrinkles that most beach-goers look to avoid, whether surfside or elsewhere. With a variety of colors, styles and occasions to wear them, floppy beach hats serve as stylish alternatives to greasy sunscreen and unmanageable umbrellas. August Accessories’ orange and white beach hat, $58, is a flirty, fun beach essential that makes those summer days just that much brighter. If you’re looking for something more diverse, Nordstrom’s yellow metallic woven hat, $118, and Eric Javits’ “Squishee” cap in tan, $195, can easily double as a way to beat the heat in the daytime and morph to an early evening fashion centerpiece. The oversized look of Ralph Lauren’s light blue floppy hat, $38; Eric Javits’ “Swinger” hat in kiwi, $325; and San Diego Hat Company’s polyester hat in navy/white, $58, are at the height of relaxed glamour, conforming to the shape of the wearer’s head, dodging the inevitable “hat hair.”