Blue skies, ocean breezes, white sand and, of course, refreshing water — every element of the beach beckons to those who love its unique ambience. While the main attraction remains the many delights the beach has to offer, dressing for the setting, as well as for the activities to be indulged in, heightens the enjoyment of the total experience. Perhaps foremost among these key details of beach dress are hats for the beach.
Fun in the SunWhat would the beach be without at least one energetic game? From tossing a beach ball among friends to a spirited game of volleyball or frisbee, hours in the sun can tick by quickly without notice of the potential damage caused by the sun. That’s why a visor or a hat with a bill is such a good idea.
Shielding eyes from direct sunlight, which improves play right along with vision, a hat such as DPC’s twill dyed newsboy cap in khaki or a shade of navy that closely resembles denim is a great men’s hat. Likewise, Capelli’s natural paper braid sparkle hat is a choice women’s hat for beach sports, protecting eyes and face at once. The fact that these hats also happen to be strikingly stylish adds to their appeal.
After the SwimNothing compares to the restorative powers of a swim on a hot summer day. Cool and invigorating, it is one of the pure pleasures of summer. However, after the swim, retrieving that chic look, rather than a disheveled one, can be a daunting task. That’s where fashionable straw hats come to the rescue. With absolute aplomb, these hats obscure wet hair while adding laid-back, unfettered style.
Scala’s natural crocheted wide-brim hat and navy ribbon bucket hat are stellar choices for women, paired with swimwear or beach apparel. Meanwhile, men are sure to look sleek and dapper in a natural straw or toyo straw hat such as Santana’s Joy design with its tie-print accent. It’s casual wear with definite flair.
Strolling the BoardwalkSometimes a stroll along the boardwalk is the perfect way to while away beach time. Of course, this calls for beach attire with a bit more panache than mere swimwear. In this instance, the right hat can make all the difference. Indeed, a hat that sports an equal measure of élan whether worn by men or women, much like Stetson’s Garment-Washed Twill Safari Hat or straw gambler hat, makes all the fashion statement needed. With sun protection offered by a wide brim and cooling breezes wafting through a mesh crown or entirely open-weave design, these types of hats look sensational on the beach and beyond.
Relaxation on the SandNot to be overlooked are those times when lounging on the beach is the order of the day. Reclining on a beach chair beside the shore, a large hat that serves as a personal umbrella, so to speak, is an ideal beach accessory for a woman while one that epitomizes easy-going style serves a man quite well. Consider the expansive dimensions of a hat such as The Sunny, a Stetson palm straw wide-brim hat, a stunning look with a swimsuit or any other summer look later.
Similarly, a style like the Madrigal, Stetson’s coconut straw porkpie hat, a decidedly relaxed look, with a plaid hatband accenting the crown, says everything about the utter self-possession of the man who wears it.
For a day at the beach, a hat does double duty as a protector and a fabulous fashion element.