This summer, plenty of outdoor socializing will be on the books for most of us. And for everything from park hangs to alfresco dining to daytrips to the beach, adequate sun protection will be crucial.
Luckily, the spring/summer 2021 runways offer plenty of millinery inspiration. There were futuristic fishermen’s hats at Burberry, oversized visors at Fendi, veiled sun hats at Kenzo, and ’90s-inspired bucket hats just about everywhere.
The best hats of the season offer striking silhouettes and ample sun coverage, elevating traditional designs with innovative materials and contemporary proportions. On the beach or in the city, they’ve got you covered in style.
Made in Italy with organic denim, this wide-brim hat offers plenty of sun protection. It’s ideal for making a fashion statement, wherever your summer plans may take you.
Oversized fisherman hats ruled the runways at Burberry for spring/summer 2021. This cotton gabardine version features a romantic broderie anglaise lace pattern.
This Gigi Burris creation updates the classic straw fedora with a bold cotton-fabric tie that adds both function and flair.
Handcrafted to order in Vancouver, the wide-brim, cotton-canvas Carlo hat is washable and comes with a removable strap. Available in four colours.
This Maison Michel fedora, featuring a standout striped ribbon trim, would be as fitting for Mediterranean jaunts as it is for brunch in the city.
Equal parts functional and quirky, Heirloom’s dreamy Turrell straw hat is handmade in Montreal. Don’t need a wide brim? It’s also available in an adorable mini version.
More breathable than the brand’s all-leather fisherman and bucket hats, this timeless straw Panama with calfskin band from Loewe is easy to dress up or down.
This elegant Eugenia Kim topper features a classic combination for summer: woven straw and black grosgrain. The extra-loose weave and eight-inch brim helps it stand out this season.
You can find Berlin-based artist Maryam Keyhani’s distinctive hats on her website, alongside paintings, dolls, and other objects. This tricoloured, large-brimmed style is perfect for making grand entrances.
This black straw hat by Toronto milliner Jay Cheng is hand-formed using a vintage block. Cheng also offers bespoke creations, and you can customize standard designs with your own colour and trim preferences.