The 3 Best Beach Hats For Summer: A Chic Floppy Hat, A Cool Fedora & The Original

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Gwen and I were having lunch with the Shop Social Threads founders, Sara and Maureen, when Sara casually brought up summer hats.

“I don’t know if your readers would be interested, but we found the absolute best summer hat,” she said.

Now, I don’t know if you guys realize how seriously East Coasters take their beach-going, but this is a very BOLD statement. Gwen and I stared at each other. Once summer hits, we get this question: what’s the best beach hat?? – at least once per week. So, uh, yeah. We were interested, to say the least.

The 3 Best Sun Hats For The Beach (They’re Seriously Cute)

Being East Coast Beach-goers themselves, Sara and Maureen naturally took their beach hat quest very seriously, and had been trying — for years — to find the best one. They were looking for beach hats that legitimately blocked the sun, had some SPF protection, and actually stayed on. Oh, and the hat had to be seriously chic, too.

Well. Thanks to tireless searching, Sara and Maureen actually found three. And? They’re all under $50.

**NOTE: This post was originally published in 2018, and the hats promptly sold out. Now, these hats are still our top pick, and, happily, have been re-stocked for Summer 2022. But they do sell out every year, so if interested, don’t wait.

Shihreen hats, the best-ever beach hats that Sara and Maureen found, started off with one style (the original), and have since expanded their line to include a fedora (my favorite) and a floppy hat (my Mom & Linzi's favorite). All are UPF 50, and all have an internal elastic band to keep the hat on securely.

the floppy | the fedora | the original | towel | birkenstocks | sunscreen

Shihreen hats, the best-ever beach hats that Sara and Maureen found, started off with one style (the original), and have since expanded their line to include a fedora (my favorite) and a floppy hat (my Mom & Linzi’s favorite). All are UPF 50, and all have an internal elastic band to keep the hat on securely. This one-size-fits-all approach actually works, and manages to look just as cute on my big head* as it does on Gwen’s tiny head.

*for the record, I blame my hair

But the best part? The brim of these hats kick up in the back a little, so you can lounge in a beach chair without your hat flipping off. They’re also crushable and packable and — if you’re not careful — will be promptly stolen by your friends and family.

Ahem. MomScottiLinzi.

Let’s take a closer look at each style, shall we?

1. The Best Beach Fedora

This Fedora is my personal favorite beach hat. It has a smaller brim, but enough face coverage (and way more than my usual baseball hat). I also love that it stays on even when lounging in a beach chair, and, like the others, packs like a champ.

Shihreen Beach Fedora

This Fedora is my personal favorite beach hat. It has a smaller brim, but enough face coverage (and way more than my usual baseball hat). I also love that it stays on even when lounging in a beach chair, and, like the others, packs like a champ. New for 2022? There’s also a fedora with a punchy yellow stripe around the base. Cuuute.

This Fedora is my personal favorite beach hat. It has a smaller brim, but enough face coverage (and way more than my usual baseball hat). I also love that it stays on even when lounging in a beach chair, and, like the others, packs like a champ.

Shihreen Beach Fedora


2. The Best Floppy Hat For The Beach

Now this big 'ol, glamorous floppy hat is both wildly practical and fun. It definitely provides the most shade, but I can actually see from underneath that brim (despite how it looks in the photos).

Shihreen Floppy Hat

Now this big ‘ol, glamorous floppy hat is both wildly practical and fun. It definitely provides the most shade, but I can actually see from underneath that brim (despite how it looks in the photos). And like the other hat styles, this one stays on (even when lounging in a beach chair) and packs beautifully. In fact, my mom nabbed this hat for our trip to Greece a few years ago…and then, when I replaced it? Linzi grabbed that one.

Admittedly, this hat is pretty hard to beat.

Now this big 'ol, glamorous floppy hat is both wildly practical and fun. It definitely provides the most shade, but I can actually see from underneath that brim (despite how it looks in the photos).

Shihreen Floppy Hat


3. The Original Beach Hat

Shihreen's Original Beach Hat is the one that started it all. And truthfully, it's hard to beat the original. It's just sassy enough, with a nice big brim and packs easily into a suitcase (or beach bag).

Shihreen Original Beach Hat

Shihreen’s Original Beach Hat is the one that started it all. And truthfully, it’s hard to beat the original. It’s just sassy enough, with a nice big brim and packs easily into a suitcase (or beach bag).

Shihreen's Original Beach Hat is the one that started it all. And truthfully, it's hard to beat the original. It's just sassy enough, with a nice big brim and packs easily into a suitcase (or beach bag).

Shihreen Original Beach Hat


I’m due for a new beach hat (Scotti took my fedora last summer), but now I honestly can’t decide if I should replace the fedora or the floppy hat! But frankly, at $46 each, I could easily justify getting both. It’ll save me in wrinkle treatments later. 😉

xo,

S

Aaaaand…a little something for Pinterest (we always love it when you pin us).

Looking for summer sun hats that are truly chic? Got 'em. (Think: fedoras, floppy hats) These straw hats are packable + they stay put, are UPF 50 & look seriously cool.

22 COMMENTS

  1. Ok those are v cute. But here’s my biggest issue with hats – I find a cute one, then it gets smooshed in my luggage / carryon, and then I ant get it back to a normal shape and it flops down over my face and I decide I look like a hobbit in it and have to get rid of it, which is so annoying. How do these guys hold their shape?

    • A here…the true actual believer in hats and sun block. I pack stuff in the hat, like baseball hats, swim suits, underwear and T-shirt’s. I them upside down, and pack the mid layer so that they are between all sorts of things. Or I just wear them there. Xoxo

    • Yes! This question! And if I’m walking, is it going to flip up at the front so I look ridiculous plus not sun protected anymore?

  2. I want to be the kind of person that rocks a fabulous sun hat. I really, really do. And yet at the end of the day I think I’m just a baseball cap kind of girl. Ha.

  3. Every time I see someone in a Fedora I think “I’m going to wear one too!” until I put one on and my bangs get wonky and I realize that my head is sweaty and now I *have* to wear the hat because I look like a dork without it but maybe a dork with it. Hats are a whole thing, can you tell? But a little shade is much appreciated in the S. Texas sun and so maybe this will be Hat Summer! Thanks for the encouragement!

  4. The way the hat fits you is giving me a glimmer of hope. Could you give the measurements for each? I didn’t see measurements on the website, and I have a “generously sized” head that is hard to fit, but would love to rock one of these this summer. Thanks!

  5. I bought the Jcrew packable wide brimmed straw hat for this summer and so far I love it. I have a large head and never find hats that are comfortable and don’t get crushed by my toddler.

    • I bought the packable j crew hat too about 2 years ago and it still looks new. Glad to see it’s still available online and relatively inexpensive. I pack all of my hats in my carry on bag so they won’t get too crushed.

  6. I ordered this immediately. But I do have a truly enormous head (seriously) so I’m dubious that it will fit. One size fits all has almost never fit me. The first hat (original) is just too cute to skip without trying, though. Floppy hats look weird on me and I want more coverage than a baseball cap, so this looks perfect. Thanks!

  7. As another member of the Enormous Head Club, I too would like measurements. These hats are adorable and affordable, but I’m worried about “one size fits all”.

  8. I’d like to echo the enormous head club. When I was 8 they had to order a special sized catchers helmet for me for softball. When you say big, how big?

  9. IMO, they are all adorbs but I vote the original or the big ol’ glamorous on you S. The middle one just doesn’t have the same panache. I know you didn’t get to do a proper field test, but do they seem breathable? That’s my biggest complaint with some higher UPF hats – I don’t want to be a sweaty mess under them, especially since I have short hair. Deal breaker!

  10. I have above shoulder length hair- can I still pull off a wide brimmed hat? I’m struggling to make sure I don’t look too man-ish in a hat (I’m fully aware this is ridiculous, but it’s still true)…

  11. I too have short hair (pixie) and find that I lean towards boy-looking in masculine hats (baseball, fedora). Wearing more feminine-style hats help. But, as one pixie wearing friend noted, I have boobs so I will never be too masculine looking. With that last bit of advice I feel free to wear what I like when I like, boy-looking or not!

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