There are three things I must have to survive a South Florida summer: a constant bottle of water in hand, a really strong sunscreen and a stylish, protective sun hat. After all, keeping my skin as young as possible is an absolute must in the television business, which considers on-air television personalities old at the tender age of 29.
That being said, I owe a lot of my skin health to the plethora of “SPF Fashionable Sun Hats” I’ve worn over the years. That’s why this week’s Top 3 is dedicated to my favorite protective hats of the moment. For me, a great hat must be stylish, durable, packable, and breathable.
Casual Traveler by Wallaroo Hat Company/$40.00
The “Casual Traveler” by Wallaroo is my absolute go-to sun hat: it can be worn anytime, anyplace, anywhere. I love the colors they come in, too, which are pretty much anything your heart desires, especially pastels: sea green, lemon and pink are my favorites. Not only is the “Casual Traveler” soft, flexible and fun, it gets the job done. It boasts a 50 plus UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor.) Not only that, it’s made with microfiber and has a 4″ adjustable wide brim. Its hidden drawstring makes it “one size fits all” and helps the hat stay put on really windy boating or beach days. It’s easy, peasy and incredibly comfortable.
SmartStraw Riviera Sun Hat by Coolibar/$69.50
Every South Florida fashionista needs a gigantic floppy hat that says “look at me” and that’s exactly what the “SmartStraw Riviera” Sun Hat does. It’s great for the beach, brunch or just lounging around by the pool. It’s not just bold and beautiful, its massive, 7″ wide brim has 50 plus UPF coverage and shades your face, neck and chest. I also like its comfortable moisture wick elastic sweatband and cotton crown lining. Last but not least, I adore its stylish coconut shell buckle with a wraparound ribbon. The only downside: you’ll have to spot clean the hat to keep it looking terrific, but it turns so many heads, it’s totally worth it.
Catalina Cotton Sun Hat by Solumbra/$64.95
The “Catalina Cotton” Sun Hat by Solumbra totally gives me good vibrations every time I wear it. It’s fashionably laid back, but at the same time has just enough pizazz to keep you looking pretty on hot summer days. Especially when it comes to covering unruly weekend hair. I love tucking my messy mane up into its roomy, bucket-like crown. The company calls the hat “fun and flirty.” I wholeheartedly agree, but would add “fetching and fabulous” to the list of complimentary adjectives. It’s the strongest of the lot, with 100 percent SPF (Sunscreen Protective Factor) and a sturdy 4″ wide brim. I love the fact that you can dress it up or down. Hats off to its versatility.
“Saying you don’t look good in hats is like saying you don’t look good in shoes.” -Marilyn Monroe
Editor: Matthew Auerbach
Writer: Shireen Sandoval
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