Summer hats for style and sun protection

Hats off to all the mothers in the world for insisting their children wear head gear in the hot sun.  Medical professionals and skin care specialists alike advise that lathering up with sunscreen of at least SPF 30 and wearing a hat are two ways of cutting the risk of skin cancer and premature aging of the skin.  Who could predict that, in addition to their utilitarian function, hats now command attention on the cat walk?

When it comes to current millinery fashion, wide brimmed hats steal the show.  After sweeping into style several years ago, they remain the ultimate chic accessory. Glamorous Faye Dunaway wore a wide hat in the Thomas Crown Affair and Gene Tierney dared to wear one with plumage. Peggy Lipton of Mod Squad fame even fought crime in her floppy suede number. From a stylist’s perspective, a broad brimmed style softens and adds fullness to angular face shapes. It also provides superior sun protection for the face, back of the neck and shoulders. To make the ultimate glamour statement in Greenville, check out the Mast General Store’s selection of wide brimmed hats. Their online store carries them in straw as well as synthetic materials that contain moisture wicking, anti-microbial and UPF 40 sun protection properties. The appropriately named “Sun Goddess” comes in a brilliant berry jam color and its brim extends to 4 inches in back.

Haute couture designers from the likes of DKNY to Dior and Lanvin have taken a shine to an athletic and leisure wear institution…the baseball cap. Now baseball cap devotees can break out favorites from their collections  and look stylish in each one. Anything goes when it comes to this unexpected trend; caps in leather, camouflage, felt and neon prints expect to remain strong this fall for both men and women. The Pink Bee on Augusta Street, known for their Lilly Pullitzer collection, also sells quality baseball caps by Collard Greens, Vineyard Vines and Southern Proper. Summer still holds plenty of opportunities, like backyard barbecues and lazy beach days, to strut one’s style in this American millinery classic.


Wide brimmed hat from Nordstrom















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