Sunscreen can get sticky and bug repellent never has a sexy scent. Metallic jewelry gets hot in the sun and heavy in water and however cute they are, high-heeled mules can only take you so far. This summer, stay comfortable AND stylish with our series on useful accessories that will keep you looking your best while helping you fight the heat.

It’s going to be a Straw Hat Summer

One of this seasons most flattering accessories is the straw hat. Not the wide brimmed hats your grandmother wears or the boater hats your grandfather boasts about, far from the straw cowboy hat or a Mexican sombrero, this summer’s straw hat is made for looking good while keeping those harmful rays off your face.

The straw Panama hat closely resembles a fedora or a trilby but is much more chic. The silhouette looks great on most face shapes and it’s the perfect accessory for the pool, the beach, late night drinks on the patio or taking the kids to the water park. Our favorite ones are made by luxury design house Sensi Studio. Their hats are handmade by local artisans in Ecuador and help support the company’s commitment to social responsibility. What more could you want in a summer accessory? Here are some of their popular hats:

Straw Hat Summer

Classic toquilla straw Panama hat
$157

straw hat summer

Adrian zigzag toquilla straw hat
$178

straw hat summer

Toquilla straw Panama hat
$150

How to wear this season’s straw hat

1. Keep your hair casual. Loose, beach waves look great with a hat but a low ponytail can also look really cute. If you have long hair, you can also play with a loose, side braid or playful pigtail braids.

2. Accessorize with bohemian earrings. Chandelier earrings with natural elements such as wood or turquoise will draw attention to your face (and not just to your hat) and can look super stylish with this type of hat. Keep in mind that straw is a natural material and so complementing it with like materials can keep your style cohesive.

3. Avoid chunky sunglasses. Bringing too much attention to your face can be overwhelming if you are already wearing a hat so keep it balanced with all-black shades or ones with thinner frames such as aviators.

4. Wear it everywhere. This hat can take you from the weekend brunch to a beach holiday and from a cruise ship’s swimming pool to after-work drinks on your favorite rooftop. Be bold and you’ll find that summer’s a great time to wear a hat and that you’ll be one of the most stylish women anywhere you go.

Show us how you wear your straw hat by using #strawhatsummer with @ssweetsstyle on Instagram!

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