The Spring/Summer Hat Encyclopedia

The Finest Headwear to Ease You Comfortably Into the Warmer Months

By Thompson Brandes ·
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Just as spring ushers in its diversity of outerwear, so too will summer with it beckon fashionable hats. They shade your eyes, keep the sun from scrambling your scalp and face, and shield the rain during those dreary days in which you find yourself without an umbrella. Thus we present the Hat Encyclopedia—a style guide to your most dynamic wardrobe of head adornments yet.

The Ball Cap

Our Pick: New Era 59Fifty Authentic Collection

When to Wear It: The classic Cleveland Indians C-cap is a timeless yet interchangeable affair. Find a team of your liking’s most vintage silhouette and dawn it wherever the hell you please (so long at it’s frontwards).

The Dad Hat

Our Pick: Folk Satin Baseball Cap

When to Wear It: When your standard cotton dad cap is in dire need of a modern aesthetic lift.

The Washed

Our Pick: Battenwear Washed Cotton-Twill Cap

When to Wear It: Your Normcores Anonymous meeting with Shia LaBeouf calls for a laid back attention grabber.

(Be sure to check back in on this Free & Easy number, as well, which sold out within minutes of LeBron James wearing it to his post-demolition press conference.)

The Outdoorsmen

Our Pick: Filson Canvas Logger Cap

When to Wear It: This is the kind of hat destined to become a surefire best friend. Wear it on a hike. Wear it to the grocery store. Wear it to Shia LaBeouf’s Normcores Anonymous meeting. It’s all deadly.

The Beanie


(Though if you must.)

The Panama

Our Pick: Mr. Thomas from Goorin Bros.

When to Wear It: You need a sleek, wide-brimmed pick-me-up from Panamas of years past.

The Dr. Grant

Our Pick: Eric Javits Archaeologist Hat

When to Wear It: Akin to the Panama (but with added versatility and charm), the Dr. Grant serves just as handsomely at a rooftop party as it does a promising Badlands dig.

The Bucket

Our Pick: Acne Studios Buk Face Bucket Hat

When to Wear It: Montauk jaunts, music festivals—if you must bucket, best bucket responsibly.

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