It may be raining for the entirety of the next week, but I refuse to stop seeing summer. Flip flops, crop tops, swim suits, and summer hats are all in the horizon, and I can't wait for the first day when I can whip mine out, lay a towel out, and relax by the pool or beach. Or, you know, my apartment's rooftop since I live in the concrete jungle that is New York City.
April didn't bring too many showers, but now that it's May, it looks like the rain is coming back with a vengeance. Right when I was putting alway all my sweaters and boots, too. Always count in New York to crush my weather dreams. While the city is miserable during the snowy, windy winter months, there's nothing quite like summertime in the city. Drinks and brunch outside, picnics at Central Park, and visiting the Brooklyn Botanical Garden are on the list of fabulous activities the summer offers.
But beyond the super fun activities — I love summer because of the looks. We can finally ditch our chunky sweaters and clunky coats and spring for off the shoulder tops, midi skirts, and denim shorts. Above all, though, are summer hats. Not only are they painfully chic (I always pretend like I'm in a classic movie in one), but they're also integral for protecting your skin. While, of course, you should always be wearing sunscreen, a hat definitely helps for those long days out in the sun.
In honor of preserving our gorgeous skin, let's peruse some beautiful hats, shall we?
1. The Classic
Lack Of Color The Straw Big Wide Brim Straw Hat, $69, shop.nordstrom.com
I'm already smelling the salt in the sea.
2. The Elegant Bow
BP. Floppy Straw Hat, $24, shop.nordstrom.com
Picturing this with a perfect white sundress.
3. The Dark Blue
Brixton Joanna Hat, $48, revolve.com
In case you're more a blue kinda gal.
4. The Structure
Lack of Color The Spencer Straw Boater Hat, $59, nastygal.com
For a more polished look.
5. The Subtle Pattern
Rag & Bone Straw Wide Brim Fedora, $225, blueandcream.com
Love the little geomatric patterns on this one.
6. The Stripe
Phase 3 Striped Floppy Straw Hat, $34, shop.nordstrom.com
If you can't choose one color — Why not go with two?
7. The Tall Top
Madewell Pieced Straw Hat, $52, shopbop.com
This one's perfect if you want to rock an updo underneath.
8. The Dark Brown
Spring Gaucho Hat, $32, bcbgeneration.com
In love with this color.
9. The Texture
J. Crew Textured Summer Straw Hat, $34.50, jcrew.com
So subtle, but so pretty.
10. The Neutral
Lack Of Color The Valley Straw Boater Hat, $79, nastygal.com
Obsessed with this one.
11. The Boater
Madeline Straw Boater Hat, $34, urbanoutfitters.com
Love this entire look.
12. The Subtle Stripe
Billabong Sideline Seas Natural Straw Hat, $29.95, lulus.com
I'm hearing the waves...
13. The Chicest
Taffy Wide-Brim Straw Hat, $120, reiss.com
This may just be my favorite one.
14. The Super Floppy
Aldo Floppy Straw Hat With Metal Charm Detail, $31, us.asos.com
So you can shade whoever you want.
15. The Tan
Keds Floppy Straw Hat, $30, jcpenney.com
So simple and so chic.
16. The Pom Pom
Catarzi Straw Hat With Pom Pom Trim, $73, us.asos.com
This one is so much fun.
17. Lots Of Holes
Kimchi Blue Sun Daze Straw Floppy Hat, $34, urbanoutfitters.com
So boho chic.
18. The Pom Pom Part 2
Catarzi Straw Hat with Contrast Black Crown and Pom Pom Trim, $62, us.asos.com
Hi, I'm obsessed with this one.
If I was excited for summer before this, now I really can't wait. Good thing I've got some time to order these before it stops raining. Summer, I'm more than ready for you.