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June 18, 2024 3 min read

Top Tips for Choosing the Perfect Hat for Your Summer Getaway

Summer is almost here, which means vacations are on many calendars. Packing a hat not only offers sun protection but also helps show off your personal style. With so many great styles and colors to consider, have fun with it! In this blog, we will discuss some factors to consider when choosing a hat, making the process a little easier.


Top 3 Things to Consider

There are no strict rules for selecting a hat. The key is finding one that fits your personal style. While straw hats are always a great option, they are not required. Simplify your selection process by focusing on three key decisions. Answering these questions will help you find the perfect hat for your needs and style. Let’s get started!


Four picture of women wearing a River Straw Hat


What Style?

Are you classic, bohemian, or trendy? Starting with your personal style preference is a great way to narrow down your choices. Consider these options:

ClassicsSloan Teardrop Fedora, Nell Vented Fedora, or the Limited Edition Blake in black.

BohemianWilla Wide Brim Fedoraor thePenny Pencil Brim Fedora

Trendy: Codi Western or a Foam or Canvas Trucker Hat.

If you prioritize sun protection or comfort over style, this will also guide your selection. Deciding which style speaks to you will help you focus your search.


What Color?

Selecting a hat color is also a matter of personal style. Straw hats in natural shades are versatile and classic, while hats in white or black can make a bold statement. If you enjoy standing out, these might be the right choices for you. A standout color in a classic style can also make a statement. The latest “checkerboard” print trend, like the Sal Crochet Bucket Hat, is very on-trend.


Packable or Not?

Finally, portability may be an important attribute to consider when traveling. There are hat styles made specially to be pack-friendly + safe to store in your luggage, beach bag or daily tote -- but we've also curated the perfect solution to traveling with your brim straw + felt brim hats, too! Our packable hat styles are designed with the ability to be folded without compromising the structure of the hat (such as the Sal Crochet Bucket Hat + the Lana Pack-Friendly Bucket Hat) which is perfect to pack in small backpacks or purses when space is limited.

Are you a hat lover who needs their brims with them wherever they go? We get it-- our brimmed hats offer the most sun protection + will 10/10 elevate your look during those dreamy photo opportunities on the beach of Costa Rica or the city of Barcelona! The Hayes Hat Carrying Tote is a 100% Genuine Leather hat carrying tote built to be your daily commuter bag + equipped with a U strap, meant to cradle your brim for times it just doesn't make sense on your head (can we say "hands free" in the airport!?) For more hat travel options, check out the Canvas Hat Carrying Tote + Hat Travel Case all together in our Hat Carrier Collection.


Travel Wise + Protect Your Investment

In a rush + won't be able to snag a hat carrying tote or a pack-friendly hat before your trip? Check out the How to Pack Your Hat" YouTube video below.



When not in use, store your hat in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight. You've picked the perfect hat, so make sure you take care of it.

A great summer hat can be both functional and expressive of your personal style. Hopefully, you not only find your summer vacation hat but also enjoy the process. Now, go out there, wear it, and share it with us! Post a picture of you and your styled hat, and be sure to tag us in the photos so we can see all you beauties and the many hats you wear. To read more about staying stylish on the go, check out our blog HERE Fashionable Traveling - How to Stay Fashion Forward While Traveling!

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