Women's Hats

17 Amazing Women’s Hats You Need To Wear

Women’s hats are not only for keeping you warm in winter and protecting you from the sun in the summer. They are a style trend that makes you different and unique. With so many different women’s hats, you need to know which hat type suits your face, head, and body shape.

History of women’s hats

Hats are a staple of fashion and have been for centuries. The history of women’s hats is an interesting one, as they have gone through many iterations to become the ubiquitous accessory we see today.

Women’s hats were originally a way to keep the sun out of their eyes and off their skin. They were often made of straw, paper, or cloth and did not cover much of the head or face. The first documented hat in Western Europe was in 1275 when Queen Margaret wore one at her coronation.

Hats became more popular as they gained more coverage from the sun, and by 1350 they were being worn by both men and women. By 1800, it was common for women to wear bonnets with wide brims that covered their hair but left most of their faces exposed.

Sun Women’s Hats

Every woman needs to protect herself against harmful UV sun rays. When going to the beach, hiking, or even for a walk in the summer you need to choose a large hat with a wide brim. For best results use light colors like white, grey, or pastel, to reflect the sun’s rays. Dark color hats do not reflect the rays so avoid them.

Afternoon Women Sun Hat

Women's hats

Pros

  • Medium and large sizes
  • UPF 50 ultraviolet protection
  • Adjustable chin strap
  • Lightweight and bends to shape easy

Cons

Even if it is from polyester it will fit in your head and adjust accordingly

5 rating

Check it out at rei.com

Fedora Women’s Hats

Despite many believing Fedora was originally a man’s hat, in the late 19th century Sarah Bernhardt made it a symbol for the women’s rights movement.

Only after the 1920′ s Fedoras become a men’s symbol and wealth statement.

Wear a fedora hat when you like to give more attention to your long hair. Try to avoid wearing it when you have a bad hair day.

Toyo Large Brim Fedora Hat

fedora hat
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Pros

  • 3 different sizes
  • White and tan colors
  • Good price
  • A very large brim for good sun protection
  • True to size fit

Cons

Even if its made from straw material, that needs extra care, it is an absolute good choice

5 rating

Check it out at hatsunlimited.com

Beret Women’s Hats

Berets are very popular in Spanish and French Culture. The most iconic personality is without doubt Che Guevara and berets are an integral part of military uniforms worldwide

When you want to achieve a style of the intellectual, artist, or bohemian, a beret is a fine choice.

Check out our article about scarves for women.

Traditional wool beret

wool beret

Pros

  • 15 different colors
  • Made from 100% French wool
  • One size
  • Unisex

Cons

Price is above average

4.5 rating

Check it out at laulhere-france.com

Panama Women’s Hats

They called it the Panama hat but it originated in Ecuador. These lightweight and breathable hats are extremely popular in hot places like Panama.

Authentic Panama hats are expensive but you can find Panama-style hats made from synthetic materials.

If you want your style to reach a new dimension you can not go wrong with a Fedora or Panama hat. After all, the only difference between the two is only the material used. Fedora hats are usually made from felt while Panama hats are made out of straw.

Trimmed Panama Hat

Panama hat

Pros

  • 4 different colors
  • One size only
  • Classic Panama hat with a medium-wide brim

Cons

  • The hat is not foldable
  • Expensive but original
4.5 rating

Check it out at panamahats.co.uk

Cowboy Women’s Hats

The cowboy hats are a defining piece of the ensemble for the North American cowboys.

Today cowboy hats are worn by many people in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

If you live in other places except for America it is not so popular to wear a cowboy hat.

You need to be very confident and love Wild West to wear a cowboy hat. In Europe, some men are wearing cowboy hats. For ladies, pair it with jeans and cowboy boots and you will have the perfect look. Keep in mind it is a casual accessory and meant to wear only for work.

When I was fourteen and first started going out, I always wanted to be the opposite of everyone else. So I would go to the club in a polo T-shirt and pants and sneakers and a hat on backward, just so I would not be dressed like other girls.

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Women’s Leather Cowboy Hat

cowboy hat

Pros

  • 100% Leather
  • 3 colors, copper, brown and black
  • 5 different sizes
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Good price for a leather hat

Cons

If you want a lightweight and durable cowboy hat, this is your pick

5 rating

Check it out at americanhatmakers.com

Stetson Straw Hat

straw hat

When talking about the cowboy lifestyle we can not ignore the Stetson Brand. Founded in 1865 Stetson is the world’s leading hat manufacturer, making more than 3 million hats per year.

Stetson hats are made only from high-quality material, which is why the brand is synonymous with the wild-west culture.

Pros

  • Made from Raffia Straw
  • 3 different sizes
  • Great price for a Stetson hat

Cons

All straw hats are lightweight and are very good for summer days.

Our advice: If you find any Stetson hats do not hesitate to buy them.

5 rating

Check it out at hatcountry.com

Baseball Caps For Women

Want to protect yourself from the sun quickly and casually? Wear a baseball cap and pair it with a Sportif outfit for a walk in the town market.

There are many different colors available, choose the color that fits your personality. Depending on the closure (velcro, snap, or sliding) you can have your hair free, in a ponytail, or a braid. Good thing is that because of the closure all baseball caps are one size. Small holes in the cap help with air circulating above your head.

As for the material, choose cotton for the summer or wool and polyester for the winter.

baseball caps for women

Pros

  • 4 different colors
  • Adjustable fasting in the rear
  • Holes in the top for ventilation
  • Good price

Cons

Big converse logo on the front. But you can choose from different brands like Puma, Adidas, etc

4.5 rating

Check it out and many others at sportsdirect.com

Boater Women’s Hats

boater hats

The famous gondoliers from Venice traveled the canals for centuries. Their unique hat became popular in the 19th century.

They were originally designed for men but after Coco Chanel reinvents this hat, there is a favorite fashion until today.

They are mainly made from straw, with a ribbon around the crown section. They are a nice option for a boat sail, a picnic, or even for a day on the beach.

straw boater hat

Pros

  • Made in Italy
  • 100% straw
  • Sizes from 48 cm to 61 cm
  • Option for custom inside label
  • 5 different colors
  • Very good price

Cons

All hats made from straw need extra care and need to be cleaned carefully from blot or stain

4.5 rating

Check it out at bon-clic-bon-genre. eu

Bucket Women’s Hats

Bucket hats are simple and casual for the summer. They are usually made from cotton, so you can squish them in your bag or purse. You can hide your hair underneath if you have a bad hair day.

bucket women hat

Pros

  • 100% Cotton
  • 2 sizes
  • Nice patterned design
  • Cheap price

Cons

Only for a casual appearance

4 rating

Check it out at hm.com

Pillbox Women’s hats

Pillbox hats were popular in the ’60s. These classic vintage hats are not in fashion anymore, except maybe at Royal weddings.

We have seen many photos of Jackie Kennedy and Kate Middleton wearing those hats.

pillbox women's hats

Pros

  • Made from 100% Straw
  • Handmade from England
  • Worn by Kate Middleton on many occasions

Cons

Out of fashion

4 rating

Check it out at hatsandcaps.co.uk

Cocktail Women’s Hats

Cocktail hats are not for protecting you from the sun. They are for special occasions, like dinner parties, and weddings, and can be paired with evening dresses.

cocktail women hat

Pros

  • White and black color is easy to pair with an evening dress
  • The headpiece attaches via a headband

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only if you want something extraordinary to pair with your outfit
4 rating

Boonie Women’s Hats

For a casual Sunday Afternoon hat that protects from all the elements, this is a good option. They are large, made from durable materials, and have a string tie that adjusts to the chin.

They are good for gardening, hiking, paddling, and other outdoor adventures.

Boonie women hat

Pros

  • Ligthweigth and durable
  • UPF 50 protection
  • Unisex
  • Made from nylon, easy to clean
  • Cover the back of the head
  • 2 sizes, small and large

Cons

Only cold hand wash not dry clean or iron

4.5 rating

Check it out at rei.com

Newsboy Women’s caps

If you want to add a personal style to your outfit add a newsboy cap to your wardrobe.

These hats are playful, and young and are useful both in the winter because they are warm and in the summer because they protect you from the sun.

You can keep your hair under the cap or leave them in a ponytail freely.

Actually, newsboy caps are a mix of the traditional beret and baseball cap, so they have both advantages.

newsboy women hat

Pros

  • Made of 100% wool
  • Elastic to fit different head sizes
  • Pair it with a scarf for the optimal look

Cons

A wool cap made for winter, choose another with different material if you want it for summer.

4.5 rating

Check it out at weafersofireland.com

Visor Women’s Hats

If you look for a sporty hat that protects your head and eyes while being stylish choose the visor hat.

Because of the design, the hat will protect your face and you can play with your hair. Leave a ponytail, top knot, or any other hairstyle you like. Surely you do not want to wear it on a bad hair day.

Most visor hats are made from lightweight materials, like straw, polyester, and so on.

visor women hat

Pros

  • 2 colors (gold/sand and black)
  • Adjustable closure
  • UPF 50 protection
  • You can clean it easily with water

Cons

Expensive, but very stylish

4.5 rating

Check it out at bloomingdales.com

Bowler Women’s Hats

Are you feeling brave and want to take the next step? Do you want to be different and add a piece that is unique and stylish?

Bowler or Derbies hats were famous mostly by Charlie Chaplin and later by Winston Churchill.

Fun Fact. The bowler hat was the most popular hat in the American West. Many believe that the cowboy hat was the famous hat, but many famous outlaws wore this hat like Billy the Kid and others (source wikipedia.org)

bowler women hat

Pros

  • Made from 100% wool
  • A Mayser product from a company that is more than 200 years the leading company in hat manufacturing
  • Amazing quality
  • 3 different sizes

Cons

This a unique option for women that want to take a chance

4 rating

Check it out at manufactum.com

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Trilby Women’s Hats

If you want to add a fun and playful addition to your outfit wear a trilby hat.

For a casual appearance add a pair of jeans and a t-shirt and you are ready for a sunny day.

If you have short hair the trilby hat will look amazing. For the ladies with long hair, you can leave them free or ponytail.

trilby women hat

Pros

  • Many different colors
  • Sizes from Small to XXL
  • Very good price (look for a price drop)
  • 100% Polypropylene

Cons

Because of the small brim, sun protection is not the best

4 rating

Check it out at hats.com

Turban Women’s Hats

Turban hats are popular for decades in the woman’s fashion industry.

Modern turbans appear in TV shows like Sex And the City 2 and in catwalks from the Ralph Lauren collection.

Despite many still believing that women wear turbans for religious or hygiene reasons, they are a fashion today.

If your hair isn’t the best or you have some disease the turban is the best choice.

turban women hat

Pros

  • Made from 100% cotton
  • Many different color options
  • Very good price
  • One size

Cons

Not many like this style. It is all about your personal preference

4.5 rating

Check it out at headcovers.com

Conclusion

We believe that we have included all the main types of women’s hats.

There are many more different types like a witch, deerstalker, Breton, cartwheel, cloche, and others.

What is your type of hat?

What do you like we can add?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments below.

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1 thought on “17 Amazing Women’s Hats You Need To Wear”

  1. Here in Texas we use hats every day. We love cowboy hats and use them until the afternoon.
    I will be buying a Fedora hat also. Just to spice things.
    Great article, so many choices.
    Wish you the best luck with your site.

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