Who Said Sun Hats Aren’t Sexy?

We all need to prevent premature ageing and reduce our risk of getting skin cancer, so, protective sun hats are an essential item, in every women’s wardrobe. Millions of kids have had the sun smart message drummed into them and we now seldom see kids without a hat.

When it comes to women, though, we seem to neglect them. It’s probably because we either look awful in them, they don’t fit properly, they mess up our hair, they don’t exactly scream sexy; whatever the reason, we really do need to wear them more often. Particularly in our harsh Australian climate. So, if we really need to wear them, we may as well do it fashionably!

Experts recommend, when trying on hats, look at a full-length mirror. This is how others see us. Although it might suit your face, it may look disproportional compared to the rest of you. Lets face it, if we look crappy in something, we aren’t going to wear it! Using the following recommendations as a guide will at least provide a starting point.


Let’s begin with the jackpot winners because women with an oval face can wear just about any type of hat and pull it off. The tip to remember is to make sure the snug part of the hat, which fits around your head (known as the crown), is wider than your cheekbones but avoid going wider than your shoulders.


Shortening your face and adding some width should be your primary objective. Try a hat with less height and a big floppy brim.


Very similar to tips for oblong faces. Try a full or uplifted brim and don’t add too much height.


The most significant tip for you to keep in mind is that square hats, on a square-shaped face won’t do you any favours. They will accentuate your jawline. Try hats which will soften and lengthen your features.


The best type of hat for you is a medium brim, with a defining crown, to narrow the forehead. Avoid horizontal trimmings and you can afford to have a hat with a bit of height.


The style advice, is similar to heart shaped, except you want to aim for a hat that widens the forehead. For you, horizontal trims, will work a treat. Once again, a medium brim is recommended.


You too want to widen the forehead, so you can try any hat which adds width. Asymmetric brims and crowns with some height will work well to achieve the best look.


The aim here is to lengthen your face, so try an irregular brim, which is wider than your facial structure, a vertical design and defined crown.

Now, apart from style, you really need to consider other factors like protection, comfort and practicality. Some hats contain SPF block-out and can add greater protection to your head and face. If you burn easily, this is a wise investment.

Then there are other varieties which contain hydrating gel crystals to keep your head cooler. If you need a hat to go and out in direct sunlight and heat, this may be a viable option. Plus, if the reason you don’t wear a hat is because it’s just too damn hot, this is a solution.

You also need to consider when and where you are going to wear a hat. If you frequently wear it in windy conditions, the last thing you want is a hat which you will need to hold onto your head or chase around. There are lots of fashionable hats around these days which will fit your head perfectly, so functionality is no longer an excuse.

You may find that having a selection of protective hats will be a better solution, particularly if you will be wearing it in various situations. Consider all the variables and make a choice which is best for you. We all need to start looking at wearing sun hats as an investment in our longevity and get over the barriers, which have been preventing us from wearing them. There are some comfortable, functional and stunning styles available so it’s about time we all go shopping!

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How to Choose the Perfect Summer Hat

We love hats, especially for summer – they’re a celebrity fashion favourite. They’re the perfect way to accessorise any outfit, from maxi dresses to denim cut-offs and t-shirts. It’s just not always easy finding the right style, so the fashionistas at Melbourne’s Uni Hill Factory Outlets have come to the rescue with their handy style tips.  The floppy hat Perfect for your bohemian-chic days when you let the hippy inside you venture out. Summer screams loose-fitted tops and maxi dresses, which work best with a wide, floppy hat. Be brave; opt for big styles and save your face from direct sun. The secret is to wear the hat – don’t let the hat wear you! cap The go-to cap The best choice for a laid-back look, choose a cute cap for your weekend expeditions. A sleek leather hat will dress up your outfit, and is guaranteed to add a flawless touch to your day or night get-up. fedora Fabulous fedoras The perfect summer hat that can be worn for any occasion; whether it be a road trip or a visit to your local café. Don’t be restricted by the classic straw style, branch out and shop around for different options. Team a black fedora with denim shorts and a tee. bakerboy Baker-boy cap It’s been around the block but this casual cap is a go-to for summer. A little rounder in shape and with a stiff peak in the front, this style goes really well with a classic jeans and tee combo. Try a tweed pattern to top off your outfit. beanie Slouchy beanie Maybe not your first thought for a summer hat, try this look for a day indoors. Look out for crochet beanies and light fabrics like cotton, that aren’t too heavy on your head. Choose bright, fun colours to match your outfit. What’s your favourite summer hat?

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