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Staying cool should look cool. This is the right attitude to find the right summer hat. Just like with sunglasses, when looking for this season’s best men’s hats you are faced with countless options: classic beanies, trendy bucket hats, edgy fedoras – the list goes on. One way to easily find inspiration is to look at stylish Hollywood stars using the shading accessory to protect themselves from the sun (or paparazzi flashlights), or hats as a fashionable finish for red carpet ensembles and casual outfits wear equally.
Newsie hats have been spotted on the likes of Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba and Troy Kotsur (who even wore one when accepting his Oscar for Best Supporting Actor), and you’d be hard pressed to find anyone — including stars — who never covered up a messy mop with a snapback. And Pharrell, Bad Bunny and Bruno Mars are among the fashionable musicians who prefer fedoras all year round.
Whether you’re looking for a cap or bucket hat, a chunky or pliable brim, a statement piece or a sturdy option, here are 15+ of the best men’s hats to wear this summer and beyond.
1. Buck Mason Craftsman canvas cap
Buck Mason offers an elegant and simple baseball cap. It’s made from smooth canvas with suede trims and a brass button finish. The Craftsman cap is also very reliable and robust. There are a few color options, but the off-white one looks and wears great.
Buck Mason Craftsman canvas cap
2. Brixton Hooligan Snap Cap
KODA Star Troy Kotsur wore Brixton’s black hooligan hat as he accepted his history-making Oscar for best supporting actor, and you can get the same look (whether on or off the red carpet) in the SoCal-bred brand’s London-inspired Newsie cap in other color variants. Stars like Brad Pitt, Omar Sy and Leonardo DiCaprio have also worn similar flat caps.
Brixton Hooligan Snap Cap
3. Patagonia Forge Cap
There’s always a hat for those who love the great outdoors. The good news is that Patagonia is gaining a foothold in both outdoor and everyday styles. The Forge hat fits this niche perfectly, with a solid brim and easy adjustability. And it doesn’t have to be just for gardening or fishing, either, as evidenced by Bad Bunny (who sported a similar style recently).
Patagonia Forge hat
4. Allsaints Ramskull fedora
Perfect for a vacation to a beautiful seaside resort, the Allsaints Ramskull Fedora is a wonderful piece of summer gear. Made from organic straw and complemented by a leather strap, it’s the kind of hat that will last and stay stylish.
All Saints’ Ramskull Straw Fedora
5. Taylor Stitch Ball Cap
A denim hat is objectively a pretty cool look. This Taylor Stitch ball cap features a classic wash and a logo that’s appealing enough to also feel a little distinctive. At $38 it’s also a good price for the quality of cap you’re getting.
Taylor Stitch denim ball cap
6. Stadium Goods Pennant Snapback
The Stadium Goods pennant cap helps you look like a true sports fan without entering into potentially offensive allegiances. The flat brim is also stylish.
Stadium Goods Pennant Snapback
7. Bailey straw hat
Bruno Mars has worn Bailey’s stylish hats, and the brand’s white straw hat (part of the Nordstrom anniversary offering) is perfect for summer evenings, polo games, weddings and more.
Bailey Straw Hat (reg. $140)
8. Rowing Blazer Maui Snapback Hat
Part of a collaboration with Los Angeles-based hat brand Hood, the Rowing Blazer Maui Snapback is one of a series of pieces honoring some of America’s most beautiful places. The wool-corduroy blend also makes the material a bit more distinctive.
Rowing blazer hooded Maui snapback
9. Nobis Kish Unisex Reversible Bucket Hat
The unisex Kish bucket hat from Simu Liu-approved luxury outerwear brand Nobis offers a little more functionality. This fully reversible and also waterproof topper can be worn in a straight black style or with a patterned finish – depending on what you’re feeling!
Nobis Kish bucket hat
10. Nike Sportswear Heritage86 Adjustable Hat
No hat list would be complete without a sleek Nike option. This throwback hat features the Swoosh’s iconic “Just do it” mantra and is available in a range of colors.
Nike Sportswear Heritage86 Adjustable Hat
11. Tanner Fletcher Embroidered Nelson Hat
Leather may not be the most important thing in summer. For a cool piece of streetwear, this embroidered nelson hat makes a great pouch for just a touch of hot weather leather with its oversized stitching adding extra contrast.
Tanner Fletcher Nelson hat
12. Fear of God Essentials x New Era Cap
Fear of God is a streetwear staple and collabs are admittedly few – but the luxury brand’s New Era hat partnership certainly makes sense. Available in the signature cream hue and complete with the recognizable font, this cool collaboration between the brands is a masterpiece of affordable streetwear.
Fear of God Essentials x New Balance baseball cap
13. Duvin Bolt nylon hat
The braided rope on Duvin’s Bolt nylon hat gives it the aesthetic of a captain’s cap, making it the perfect piece for chilling out on a boat or a sun lounger, perhaps with a fruity drink in hand.
Duvin Bolt hat
14. Nathan Quick Stash Run Hat
A perfect hat for the active man – at a great price – the Nathan Quick Stash Run hat is lightweight and provides sun protection. It also has a couple of nifty side pockets where you can store keys or other keepsakes you need while jogging.
Nathan Quick Stash Running Hat
15. Carhartt canvas baseball cap
You’ve probably seen them everywhere. The washed cotton, the leather logo, the chunky strap. The good news is that there are now tons of color options for Carhartt hats, so you can buy multiples (they’re only $20).
Carhartt Men’s Canvas Baseball Cap
16. Adidas x Gucci baseball cap
How to make a hypebeast statement. From the highly anticipated collaboration between Adidas and Gucci, this luxe baseball cap features the sportswear brand’s iconic trefoil emblem with the Italian luxury house’s logo. It’s made from blue satin and has design elements inspired by the ’80s and ’90s.
Adidas x Gucci baseball cap
17. Nick Fouquet Frayed Straw Panama Hat
For the ultimate statement topper, look no further than Hollywood-loved milliner Nick Fouquet (LeBron James, Pharrell, and Justin Bieber have worn his pieces). The designer’s cool, frayed panama hat is embellished with his signature matchstick, and this luxe chapeau is perfect for casual farmer’s market walks and tropical vacations.
Nick Fouquet panama hat in frayed straw
18. Prada Re-Nylon Bucket Hat
The pinnacle of fashion and streetwear, the Prada Re-Nylon Bucket Hat is a summery look for functionality and style. Wear it to the beach to keep out the sun’s rays and in the city to look good at night.
Prada bucket hat made from Re-Nylon