The best way to keep the sun off your face? With the best ethical hats for summer, of course!
By Chiara Spagnoli Gabardi
Summertime is one of my favourite, but most problematic times of the year. I love the sun, but I really don’t like getting a tan. I desperately try to protect my complexion from its rays. Sure, I’ve tried several sunscreens, from 50 SPF to 110 SPF. But I’ve found that the most effective (and stylish!) option is to have a physical shield, like sunglasses or ethical hats for summer weather.
Hats are always a welcome accessory on the beach, but some styles don’t really suit city outfits. But here, I’ve tried to include a mix of sustainable vegan summer hats for every situation. What’s your favourite?
The Best Ethical Hats For Summer
The Panama hat model is a classic, and Greenpacha gives it a rustic twist with their Ibiza design, that’s actually handwoven in Ecuador. Pretty international hat, right?
This brand supports local artisans who make the hat in the mountains of Cuenca with toquilla straw.
Best for: Beach holidays
If you’re looking for ethical hats for summer that can be rolled up in your suitcase, this is the one for you! The pale-pink and white grosgrain ribbon that’s detailed with the brand’s signature ‘M’ stamp, truly gives it a touch of finesse. And Maison Michel makes all their hats by hand.
Best for: Travelling
Is there anything more perfect for summer than a classic straw boater hat? This one is made from just that: pure straw. And it looks great with everything from a bikini to a jacket and jeans.
Best for: This is one of the best ethical hats for summer for those on a budget!
4. Lani Hat
If you want to wear a stunningly sculptural creation, the Lani will fit the bill. This is one of our favourite ethical hats for summer! It’s composed by a wide-brimmed visor silhouette, characterised by a three-dimensional, floral-patterned straw design that’s utterly sublime.
Best for: Serious fashionistas who don’t mind standing out a bit.
The Kauai hat of the Artesano label is brought to life by the craftsmanship of communities in Guayaquil, Ecuador. The founders of the brand, Claudia Estrada and Xavier Blum, thoroughly care about preserving the artisanal traditions in this region. Their black Toquilla straw provides an eco-glamorous allure like no other.
Best for: Helping to preserve artisan crafting communities in Ecuador
Not all of us are fans of the straw hat. Some prefer the classic American baseball cap, and why not? They’re super practical, easy to pack, and work for outdoor workouts, too.
This one is made of reclaimed materials, and its natural ecru colour suits just about every skin tone!
Best for: Outdoor sports
This Jeanne fedora by Gigi Burris is one of the best ethical hats for summer! It coalesces modern designs with classic artisanal expertise. The brim is the perfect length to shield you from the sun’s rays, without being too overwhelming. The designer is devoted to preserving the traditional crafts of couture headwear designers, so each piece is handmade using age-old woodblocking techniques and all-natural, luxe materials.
Best for: Beach holidays
8. Soray Visor
This visor is a playful alternative to a traditional hat! This is one of the simplest ethical hats for summer, but will still protect you from those harsh UV rays with a beautiful straw design that will make you stand out from the conventional beach crowd.
Best for: Places where it’s really, really hot. The open top means no sweaty head! Which also means you’ll maintain your summer ‘do.
Price: Around $200
This is a classic summer look! Just look at how model Sarah Marie rocks this number. Straw cowgirl hats look best embellished: feel free to add a cloth band or scarf to the brim to make yours really unique. Looking for a similar style? Check out this one from ethical brand Mar Y Sol.
Image credit: @sarah_marie8 on Instagram
Hey, 90s nostalgia lovers! This bucket style is one of the best ethical hats for summer for you. It’s made from organic cotton terry cloth in a neutral hue, and it’s also unisex. Perfect for festivals, or sharing with your partner! It’s definitely one of the most essential accessories you could own.
Best for: Travelling. It not only packs easily and keeps the sun off your face, but it’s super easy to wash. And if it gets wet, no problem. It won’t lose its shape like a straw hat might.
Price: Around $20