Women’s sun hats brimming with style

Chic, flattering, protective designs to wear just about anywhere

Tio y Tia The Paloma sun hat, $165
Tio y Tia The Paloma sun hat, $165

FAR-FLUNG VIBES

Drawing from styles traditionally reserved for men, the co-founders of hat label and e-store Tio y Tia – Nicole Najafi, Johanna Peet and Lucy Laucht – have created a collection of classic chapeaux, making design tweaks to lend them feminine flair. The label was inspired by Najafi’s travels to the Mojave Desert in California, where she sourced a basic black hat in a vintage store to provide shade from the sun. It became her style signifier and the rest is millinery history. The Paloma ($165) is a woven-straw stunner perfect for summer with its classic bolero shape and broad brim, while The Gambler ($195) folds and packs easily for far-flung adventures. For serious swagger, however, opt for The Dolores ($215): its low crown and stiffened shape are flattering for a variety of face shapes. tioytia.comCHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

Emthunzini Capeline sun hat, £45
Emthunzini Capeline sun hat, £45 | Image: Andy Barter

PRACTICAL PERFECTION

Washable and crushable, with an adjustable inner drawstring for a snug fit and built-in sun protection that blocks out 98 per cent of harmful rays… is there anything the wide‑brimmed Emthunzini Capeline sun hat (£45) is not? Choose from a selection of neutral colours or bright “ocean” blue. kendrickimports.com. GILLIAN DE BONO 

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YACHTING GLAMOUR

There are few invitations as beguiling as “do join us on our yacht”. Visions come to mind of languid days in floaty clothes and, of course, a divine sun hat. Global Babe’s glamorous Strong sun hats (from £71) come in myriad bright, sunny colours, as well as more restrained navy or white. Designed by Australian Fiona Argyle and created to cover the face, shoulders and décolletage, they have approval ratings from both the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency and the British Skin Foundation. globalbabe.com. LUCIA VAN DER POST

Clockwise from top: Soleil Toujours Charlotte sun hat, $410. Biondi Couture packable sun hat, £79. Global Babe Strong sun hat, from £71
Clockwise from top: Soleil Toujours Charlotte sun hat, $410. Biondi Couture packable sun hat, £79. Global Babe Strong sun hat, from £71

1960s HOLLYWOOD CHIC

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As a fan of the Soleil Toujours sun-protection skincare, I was pleased to discover they have hats too: real, hand-blocked, glamorous straw creations, inspired by fashion icons of the 1960s. The Charlotte ($410) is wide-brimmed, in a mix of synthetic and cotton straw, while the Hollywood-esque “Venice braid” fedora-style Sophia ($425) is available in blonde or noire. They have built-in 50+ ultraviolet protection factor (UPF), and each hat is handmade in New York, so there is the option of custom sizing, but the standard 23” versions can be adjusted with an interior ribbon. soleiltoujours.com. CHRISTINA OHLY EVANS

BEACHY-LUXE BRILLIANCE

Biondi Couture Boutique in London’s Chelsea is the perfect one-stop shop for the sort of boating adventure when someone else does all the work. Its founder, Claudine Davies, has a Brazilian mother and so was inspired to bring to us sun-deprived Brits the sort of vibrant beachside kit that seems to be more commonplace on Ipanema beach – and its straw hats (£79, in black or natural) are some of the smartest packable sun hats I’ve yet come across. biondilondon.com. LUCIA VAN DER POST

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