It’s hard not to look fabulous in one of these designer sun hats that will not only protect you from those harmful UVA/UVB rays, but will also make you feel like “the Belle of the Beach” all summer long. And, as an added bonus, all the hats are lightweight and packable.
The Blush Fedora by Lisa Battaglia speaks volumes. The straw hat made in the USA features a stylish braided strap detail, $238 at Intermix, 2014 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, 516-627-5840, intermixonline.com.
AN ITALIAN IMPORT
The Iris Perforated Straw Sun Hat by Inverni with fitted crown and floppy brim is inspired by the elegant looks of the early 20th century, $308 at Neiman Marcus, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-368-0500, neimanmarcus.com.
The Palermo by designer Eric Javits is a melange of stitched braids and tassle ties in a cream blue tweed. The hat was awarded the highest rating of 50+ UPF by independent testing done by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists who determined this product’s effectiveness for blocking ultraviolet radiation as well as UVA/ UVB radiation, $325 at Nordstrom, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-746-0011, nordstrom.com
New arrival: Handcrafted by master artisans in Ecuador, the Cristobal Panama Hat by Jamie Lin made from toquilla straw is a loosely fitted hat with wide brim in one of four styles from their collection, $125 at kayudesign.com
DARE WE SAY MORE?
The Spinner by Brooklyn-based Lola Hats rolls like your yoga mat, is super portable and provides plenty of sun coverage. Made from a narrow raffia tape that’s zigzagged edge toedge for flexibility. A cotton thread is inserted between the stitches to create a colorful 5 1/2-inch border with deep, back-dipping brim, $395 at nordstrom.com
How fun is the Pompom Bella Squishee Sun Hat by designer Eric Javits? Adorned with colorful rainbow poms, the whimsical design is guaranteed to make you giddy, $325 at Nordstrom, 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, 516-746-0011, nordstrom.com.