It was just about 90 degrees on Sunday with a UV index that was through the roof...lots of sunburned faces on the streets of NYC on Monday. I often wonder when I see these people whether they are just anti-SPF or so naive to think that the sun won't scorch them. If you just can't remember to buy your Neutragena block, then I recommend never leaving home without this seasons must-have straw hat. These aren't the typical flouncy, big-brimmed beach hats...they are chic, they are hip and oh so of the moment. Who ever said fashion is impractical???
Now of course, hat trends move faster than the speed of sound, so I never recommend spending too much on the perfect topper...this season your go to hat stop should be my fav "low" resource, Urban Outfitters. My hands down pick is the Spillane Fedora, a simple straw hat with a quintessential black ribbon for $28. It has just the right amount of depth...perfectly balanced and a great fashion statement. I love a Fedora with the off the shoulder, Flashdance look, skinny jeans and crazy high heels!!! The UO Indestructable Straw Fedora is also fab...it looks like you have had it for five years. Perfectly worn in a rich camel color, I would wear it with my silky vintage dresses or a la Annie Hall with a wifebeater, vest combo. I would also recommend this version with your boyfriend jeans and flats...casual chic!!! It is on sale for only $19.99... at this price I would also buy it in red for a little summer fun. Finally, my flirty, girly side is drawn to the Asymmetrical Straw Cloche in Natural/Black ($34). It has a bit more structure than the other two and would be the perfect finishing touch to a more structured look...Gucci pantsuit perhaps.
No matter what your style, a straw hat is the key accessory of the season!!! If you don't have the fashion confidence to wear one to complete your favorite looks, then please take my advice and buy one to keep the rays off your delicate skin...you may as well be stylish while being safe...SPF never looked so good!!!!