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Beat the heat with summer 2014’s best beach hats for women

Tip your hat to these five beach hats guaranteed to help keep you cool while looking hot.
Tip your hat to these five beach hats guaranteed to help keep you cool while looking hot.
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Flip-flops and sunglasses, a beach towel and sunscreen and perhaps a good book – you may think you’re set for the shore with these beach bag essentials, but if you’ve left behind your beach hat, you’re missing one of the summer’s most important accessories.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it takes as little as 15 minutes for your skin to be damaged by the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays; however, proper protective clothing can safeguard your skin and reduce your risk of sun damage and skin cancer. The CDC recommends sun hats made from a tightly woven material, such as canvas, with a brim wide enough to shade your ears, back of your neck and your face.

Protect your skin and beat the heat with these five beach hats that fit oh-so-perfectly in your beach bag or carry-on.

Nine West Packable Straw Super Floppy Hat
Nine West Packable Straw Super Floppy Hat Macy's

Nine West Packable Straw Super Floppy Hat

The Nine West Packable Straw Super Floppy Hat in Naturals is perfect for adding a nautical flair to your summer style thanks to its casual polyester band in red, white and navy. This straw hat lives up to its name with an ultra-packable design that maintains its shape while traveling and flops in all the right places. And with a circumference of roughly 22.5 inches, you’ll get plenty of sun protection. Find the Nine West Packable Straw Super Floppy Hat at Macy’s for around $46.

Seaside Hat by Roxy
Seaside Hat by Roxy Roxy

Seaside Hat by Roxy

Roxy’s laid back Seaside Hat adds a retro vibe to your seaside style with an all-seagrass design in a neutral Moonbeam color. A colorful braid wraps around its brim for a fun pop of color. On breezy beach days, you’ll appreciate its adjustable strap that keeps this hat comfortably on your head. Get your Seaside Hat by Roxy for around $26.

Castaway – Sun Hat from Solescapes
Castaway – Sun Hat from Solescapes Solescapes

Castaway – Sun Hat from Solescapes

If you’re looking for a hat that will take you from the beach to the boardwalk, the Physician Endorsed Castaway is the perfect fit. Fringe is in this summer and you’ll be on-trend with this canvas bucket hat featuring small fringe details around its 3.75-inch brim. The Castaway – Sun Hat is made from 100-percent cotton, packable and delivers 50+ ultraviolet protection. The Castaway – Sun Hat is priced at about $37 and available in black or white at SolEscapes.com.

David & Young Wide Stripe Ribbon Straw Visor
David & Young Wide Stripe Ribbon Straw Visor Kohl's

David & Young Wide Stripe Ribbon Straw Visor

Whether you don’t think you look good in a traditional sun hat or you want a sportier style, a visor is a great option. A five-inch brim delivers just enough shade while its lightweight fabric and straw construction keeps you cool. A colored accent ribbon ties in the back for a feminine and flirty flair. David & Young Wide Stripe Ribbon Straw Visor is available in taupe, light green, peach or black for approximately $26 at Kohl’s (online only).

Merona Fedora Hat with Multicolored Bow Sash – Light Brown
Merona Fedora Hat with Multicolored Bow Sash – Light Brown Target

Merona Fedora Hat with Multicolored Bow Sash – Light Brown

The Merona Fedora Hat with Multicolored Bow Sash gets high marks for its style, comfort, quality and value. With an understated brim circumference of 1.5 inches, this fedora is a fashion-forward choice for lounging by the pool or kicking back in the sand. Its multi-colored ribbon will match a variety of swimwear. The Merona Fedora Hat with Multicolored Bow Sash – Light Brown is available at Target for roughly $12.99.