"A broad-brimmed hat offers physical protection from the sun, providing some shade for your face, ears, neck and scalp," points out New York-based dermatologist Kavita Mariwalla, MD. Since sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours -- and really, how many of us actually follow that rule -- adding this extra barrier to the mix is both smart and convenient, she adds.
Still, not all hats are created equal: "For the most protection, choose a hat with a wide brim that goes all the way around," Mariwalla advises. (Sorry, baseball caps and visors.) And stick with tightly woven fabrics; anything super hole-y, like very loose straw or raffia, will let sunlight through. We rounded up eight hats that not only fit the bill, but are also super-stylish. So whether you consider them part of your sun protection strategy or just a fab new accessory, we suggest adding at least one to your closet ASAP.
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Mott50 Penelope Straw Gardening Hat, $78
Cappelli Straworld Toyo Big Brim Floppy Women's Hat in Coral, $30
San Diego Hat Company Ribbon Braid XL Brim Hat, $42
Brooklyn Hat Company Chakra, $58