The summer’s most underrated – but totally necessary – accessory? A protective sun hat. If you don’t yet have one on lock (we’ll spare you the UV damage guilt), let the stars, and your singular zodiac style, guide you to your perfect pick.
Aries (March 21-April 19)
Nothing gets between an Aries and their athletic proclivities – not even fashion. You need a cool-girl hat that keeps up with your active lifestyle. That’s where a classic ball cap (the kind that’s perfectly worn in and sun-bleached by the end of summer) comes in. It’ll take you from weekend portaging trips to softball in the park with ease.
Patagonia P-6 Label Trad Cap, ($45, patagonia.ca)
Taurus (April 20-May 20)
Designer labels, luxe fabrics – you already know that Tauruses enjoy the bougie things in life. This logoed-up sun hat, designed with an ultra-dramatic, elliptical brim, ensures you’ll never go unseen on the beach. It comes with some serious sticker shock, but you’re quantity-over-quality kinda girl, so the investment is worth it.
Gucci Beige Canvas GG Wide Brim Hat, ($805, ssense.com)
Gemini (May 21-June 20)
They say “two-faced”, we prefer the term multi-dimensional. So what if you’re in a skimpy mini one day, and boxy menswear the next? This two-tone cowboy hat from Clyde satisfies all of a Gemini’s fluctuating style inclinations plus that penchant for timeless pieces amongst all the trendy picks stockpiled in your closet.
Clyde 2 Tone Cowboy Hat, ($350, clyde.world)
Cancer (June 21-July 22)
Crisp and sophisticated, but never ever stuffy – we see you, Cancer. It’s why we’re confident the classic boater will become a rotation staple. With its prim, vintage-inspired shape and grosgrain ribbon adornment, this bonafide chapeau lends itself to the dreamer qualities of this nostalgia-loving sign.
UO Straw Boater Hat, $44, urbanoutfitters.com
Leo (July 23-August 22)
So you like a bit of attention – what about it? A Leo’s style essentials reflect that bold, you-won’t-forget-me energy. It’s not enough to opt for a dramatic wide-brimmed bucket hat: this one, with its eye-popping nautical stripes and fringe-y trim to match, turns sun protection into a statement-making situation.
Free People Seaside Stripe Frayed Bucket Hat, $65, freepeople.com
Virgo (August 23-September 22)
Modest, polished and practical is the Virgo way. These grounded Earth angels like things to be just so – including their sensibly curated closets. A boater-fedora hybrid – tweaked with an asymmetrical shape and done up in a subtle minty hue – plays off their unpretentious, but quick-witted nature.
Heirloom Amaryllis Hat, ($260, heirloomhats.com)
Libra (September 23-October 22)
Libras can’t help but want the best of both worlds. They’re sun hat selection needs to be classic with an edge, and one that appeals to Libras’ love of beautiful things. Enter this fashion-forward seersucker sun hat, where a refined element (in this case, a traditional plaid) meets a more contemporary detail (just check out that adjustable cord strap).
Ganni Seersucker Check Accessories Hat, ($115, ganni.com)
Scorpio (October 23-November 21)
There’s a lotta layers to you, Scorpio. Intense, passionate, utterly magnetic – a cocktail of characteristics that often results in an all-black wardrobe. This monochromatic bucket will fit right in with your moody style mandate. Plus, it’s splashed with Acne’s emosh, less-than-pleased logo for good measure (you are a water sign, after all.)
Acne Studios Face Motif Bucket Hat, ($210, acnestudios.com)
Sagittarius (November 22-December 21)
Know a wildly energetic, never-say-no adventure-seeker? Probably a Sagittarius. Take a look at their closet and it’s the same story: striking embellishments as far as the eye can see. This braided straw hat would fit right in. The plentiful frayed fringe and a peaked crown would take their style to new, off-beat heights.
Cult Gaia Banu Hat, ($230, cultgaia.com)
Capricorn (December 22-January 19)
We know you’re knee-deep in very important work, Cap, but once you peel yourself away from the laptop, bask in a little sunshine with this fully functional (read: packable) straw hat. It’s a practical pick for tending to the garden, playing an intense game of cards late into the afternoon, or, you know, just relaxing (ever heard of it?)
Madewell Packable Mesa Straw Hat, ($28, madewell.com)
Aquarius (January 20-February 18)
Aquarians simply don’t have a boring bone in their bodies. It’s why they’re widely considered the most creative sign of the bunch. These true originals need a hat decked out with first-rate features from top to bottom. We’re partial to this one’s soft terry material, handy side pocket and that cool cantaloupe hue.
Lack of Color Wave Bucket, ($95, lackofcolor.com)
Pisces (February 19-March 20)
Oh Pisces, the true romantics of the zodiac. Nurturing all those feels is a commitment, which is why your nature-loving, tender heart also bleeds into your wardrobe: free-spirited silhouettes, petal prints, ethereal details. We love this made-to-order bucket designed with vintage floral fabrics, ideal for sunny afternoons spent picnicking.
Emma Doll The Field Hat, ($85, emmadoll.com)
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