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The Spring Hat You Have to Have

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Spring is here in all of its sunny, warming glory. If you’re like me, there’s only one thing on your mind — getting outdoors as soon as possible to soak up the season of rejuvenation. But before you dash outside for a little rest and relaxation on the lawn, by the beach or in the countryside, don’t forget to bring some protection from all those rays. As you start to stock up on sunscreen this month, consider the shade — and style — you’d gain from supplementing a few sprays of the ol’ SPF with the spring hat you have to have: the straw boater.

The Hottest Spring Hat, Priced Right

European-inspired accessories suit this time of year perfectly. And, it seems the fashion gods have decided a little Brigitte Bardot-esque chapeau is the season’s must-have. Straw boaters are cropping up on all of our favorite sites. Even better, they’re priced right for budget fashionistas. Consider yourself warned: you’re gonna want at least a couple.

Typically crafted from woven straw and complete with a banded crown, the straw boater in its classic form is the ultimate topper for achieving envious cool-girl ease. And in its more creatively modern options? The results are even more chic. Team one up with your trusty tee and jeans for casual outings, or pair it with a simple linen sundress for more special occasions.  You’ll be sitting pretty through everything on the calendar all season long.

The Classic Straw Boater

The stiff brim of this classic boater is accented by the traditional black band for day-in and day-out wear. This one is a must, so consider it your starter hat into all things boater. And all the others below? Beautiful bonuses.

Black on Black

Black on black boater hat
Straw Boater in Black, $24, ASOS

For the true fashion girl, it doesn’t get any better than black on black. This black woven boater with coordinated onyx band is an edgier option for days you’re feeling a little darker.

Fashion Band

Boater hat with red and black band
Scala Classico Straw Boater Hat, $44.80, JCPenney

A menswear-inspired option for days you want that borrowed-from-the-boys look, the striped boater harkens back to more dapper days, when the croquet and cricket fields were calling. This style is also perfect for lovers of a little DIY action, where cherished scarves and old ribbon scraps can give you a look all your own.

Patterned Weave

Striped straw boater hat
Striped Straw Boater, $6.99, Forever21

For a truly modern spin, go against the grain with a style featuring a little more creative weave work. From two-tone options like the one showcased above to even more inventive weave work, a patterned boater blends traditional shape and a fun new interpretation together.