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Shield Yourself from the Sun in a Stylish Straw Hat

When temperatures soar, it's easy to get lazy with summer style and just toss on some baggy shorts and a loose tee. The trick is to accessorize with fab sandals, cool shades and fun hats!

My mother always wore a wide brim straw hat in the summer when we'd go to the zoo or spend long days on the beaches in Michigan. This classic, timeless accessory is high on style, and yet it's made from such humble materials and costs so very little.

I just picked up a fantastic wide brim hat in the gardening section at Target for $12.99, as seen in my awesome Myspace-style photo (similar to this one).

The best part is the wind lanyard which will keep my hat securely in place whether I'm gardening, shopping outdoors or hanging out at the beach. Brilliant! Browse more budget-friendly straw hats below.

Comments
I love the Gap hat, but sadly, I don't have the confidence to wear it!
#1 Morgan on 2010-06-04 17:57 (Reply)
So, this might seem like a strange question, but do you know anything about where to get nice-looking hats like this for people with LARGE heads? Hats at Target, for example, never fit my head, even if they say they are a size L, and even if they are men's hats.

Too much brain for my own good? -_-
#2 Sandra on 2010-06-04 19:34 (Reply)
Sandra, you are not alone! I have had to buy men's hats! Not cool! Big head=big brains=big frustration. Help!
#2.1 Mary Nan Wilson on 2010-06-05 07:27 (Reply)
I had to return my Eugenia Kim fedora because it was too small for my head, so you're definitely not alone! The gardening hat fits really well, has a little give to the weave too, but of course you don't want a hat that's too snug, it'll give you a headache. I would just keep trying, different styles are often in different sizes. The Merona line seems to make a better hat than say, the Xhiliration but again it's hard to generalize -- sizes can be all over the place! Also, I agree with the suggestion of shopping men's, I got my trapper hat for winter in the men's section. I often prefer the styling too!
#2.2 The Budget Babe on 2010-06-05 12:15 (Reply)
I just purchased a black straw hat at Target for 12.99.
#3 LuAnn Bowers on 2010-06-05 08:22 (Reply)
Oh BB! You read my mind, I was going to write something up about straw hats after I found the most adorable one in the Target dollar bin (it was actually $2.50)

I never wear hats in the summer, but after I found that hat I decided I was going to start wearing a straw one to the pool, it's so glamourous and safe at the same time!!

you look adorable! Hey stop by, you might like the contest I have going on!
#4 Dina's Days (Homepage) on 2010-06-05 08:33 (Reply)
Love my straw hats!!! They never seem to look as good when my hair is not down though. Watch floppy hats. I have one that's so cute but it's so floppy it totally covers my face! They still need a little stiffness for structure. I just bought a cute fedora at Wal-Mart(Ocean Pacific $7)!
#5 Erin on 2010-06-05 10:17 (Reply)
I love straw hats, but usually just for the beach. I wish I had more style to integrate them into my daily wardrobe! I love this post though...you really show the variety of hats that are available. I had been looking for one for a w while then found the perfect one at JC Penny. Now I feel like going to some of the stores you mentioned to add to my hat collection!
#5.1 Toxic Beauty (Homepage) on 2010-06-06 09:44 (Reply)
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