12 best men's summer hats

From bucket hats to snapbacks, keep sun-safe in style with our menswear edit

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Whether you're a stand-out snap-back or a classic trilby kind of guy, whether you're looking to channel your inner Coolio with a bucket hat or Jay Gatsby with a vintage-style boater, there's a hat for that.

1. RVCA Edgecliffe Boonie Hat: £30.00, twoseasons.co.uk

 

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Originally designed for military use, the Boonie has become a style staple, with fans including everyone from Hunter S. Thompson to Jay-Z. RVCA’s version comes in dark grey and olive camo, so it will go with an array of summer outfits. The adjustable strap ensures that this one-size-fits-all hat stays put, whether you’re bouncing in the crowd at a festival or lounging by the pool.

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2. Polo Ralph Lauren Classic Sports Cap: £21.60, houseoffraser.co.uk

 

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This timeless classic is no longer just for the golf course and is enjoying a bit of a revival in street wear. We like the clean and classic white, but if you're concerned about sweat marks around the headband or likely to drop it in the Glasto mud, it also comes in a variety of colours. 100% cotton and sporting Ralph Lauren’s pony logo on the front, this cap will see you through summer without ever looking out of place.

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3. Navy Pork Pie Hat: £20.00, topman.com

 

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A style made badass by Breaking Bad’s Walter White, this pork pie hat will let the crowd know that you mean business without breaking bank (sorry). The navy-burgundy colour combo will look sharp night and day and the wool and heavy weight make it feel high quality.

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4. Straw Denim Effect Hat: £12.99, zara.com

 

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It just wouldn’t be summer without a straw hat and this is contemporary take on the festival classic is a must-have for those wanting a little update to their summer wardrobe. A combination of cellulose and viscose, this lightweight, weathered denim-effect piece hat will complement any casual outfits.

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5. Fjallraven Hatfield Safari Hat: £25.00, size.co.uk

 

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With the return of the nineties has come a growing trend in outdoor wear, with brands such as Patagonia seeing a revival among the fashion set. This Swedish brand is one to keep an eye on. Its safari hat is made from wax-infused fabric so it’ll protect you from the elements come rain or shine and the leather fox logo sits curled up above the wide brim.

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6. Olney Hats Straw Boater Hat: £48.95, hatsandcaps.co.uk

 

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Whether you're an old-fashioned gentleman or simply looking to push the boat out this summer, channel your inner Jay Gatsby with the refined style of this classic design from Olney. Made from long-lasting two-ply Coburg straw and coming in sizes small to XXL, this design is practical and stylish in equal parts.

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7. New Era EK Huxley Straw Trilby Hat: £34.95, hatsandcaps.co.uk

 

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The failsafe trilby gets a summer make-over in straw by the premier headwear brand. This lightweight piece is 100% paper straw and we particularly like the braided straw trim.

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8. Blue Harbour Luxury Panama Hat: £39.60, marksandspencer.com

 

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Blue Harbour’s Panama stays authentic to its roots, made out of toquilla palm (also known as the 'Panama hat plant') for maximum breathability. This easy-going wide brimmed hat features a bold striped red trim with bow and is the perfect piece to throw on for a hot and lazy summer’s day.

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9. Brixton Hats Messer Fedora: £54.99, hatsandcaps.co.uk

 

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Tip this handsome Fedora down and channel your inner Michael Jackson for easy summer sharp. 100% wool felt with a leather band around the brim, this style Brixton, a brand based, confusingly, in California, exudes quality and is best suited to those sophisticated summer evenings out.

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10. T.W.O Face London Green Gang Bandana: £25.00, theworldoriginalface.com

 

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With so many five-panel caps currently on the market, this unusual bandana-inspired design is refreshing. Snap-backs are a popular street wear piece for a more casual look and this one is affordable enough that you could replace it with a different pattern next year.

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11. Stussy Stock Lock Bucket Hat: £40.00, size.co.uk

 

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The bucket hat has a rich history (seriously, Google it), having been massively popular in eighties and nineties rap culture among the likes of LL Cool J and Earl Sweatshirt, and later worn by everyone from Liam Gallagher to Britney Spears in Crossroads. Californian surf brand Stussy's version comes in white, black or camo, all with their standout graffiti-style logo on the front.

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12. Patagonia P6 Trucker Cap: £21.99, surfdome.com

 

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This mesh-backed trucker’s cap from now-trendy Patagonia is ideal for keeping cool in the summer heat. It has an adjustable strap at the back for maximum comfort and the crown and bill are 100% organic cotton canvas. Six-panel caps are generally sturdier than five-panels and keep their shape beautifully - even when squashed in your luggage.

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Verdict:

For a classic style that will stay in style from year to year and go with any holiday outfit, you can't go far from with a panama, while we love the bandana pattern on Two Face's five-panel for a more stand-out addition to your wardrobe.

 

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