Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023

Words by
Sphere Editors

7th August 2023

Looking for fashion forward sun hats to style your summer in 2023? Look no further. Only one question remains. Do you go super-wide and hide beneath the brim with a book, or experiment with the trends of the season? Either way, our edit of fashion forward sun hats has you covered. 

In addition to luxury sunscreen, or better still a fake tan, you’ll want to complete your hot-weather prep with one of the best fashion forward sun hats for summer 2023. Topping off your poolside or outdoorsy summer look with a stylish and protective sun hat has never been easier, as long as you know where to start.

The options this year are wider than ever- literally, as the popularity of super-wide brim hats (some of comical proportions) continues. The best come from designer Ruslan Baginskiy, and the excellent Equadorean brand Sensi Studio while lampshade and bucket styles from Chloe and Toteme, and boater hats from Gucci, are head-turning fashion statements sure to pop up across your Instagram feeds all summer.

Here, find perfect options for the rest of the sunny days ahead.

The Lampshade Hat - Toteme
Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
Lampshade raffia hat by Toteme, 3220 at Matches Fashion

Lampshade hats are an adorable update on the street style staple and men's favourite the bucket hat, this version from Toteme is an elegant option to wear poolside, or with a pretty dress. 

Hat, £220, Toteme 

The Fashion Boater - Gigi Burris 

Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
Wide brimmed boater hat with ribbon, £350, by Gigi Burris at Net a Porter

Young New York based milliner Gigi Burris, founded her atelier in 2010 making bespoke hats for clients. Her work now sells worldwide, and she offers a wide array a perfectly on point woven and packable hats. Her 'Claiborne' wide boater with black grosgrain ribbon ties is handmade from natural straw using centuries-old techniques. 

Hat, £350, Gigi Burris 

The Artisan Made Bucket Hat - Chloe 
Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
Hand woven bucket hat featuring sun motifs, £611.56 from Net a Porter

As with all things Chloé, this femimine bucket hat is made with the environment and its makers at the forefront of production values. This piece has been masterfully woven from raffia in partnership with a women's artisan collective in Madagascar and is embroidered with colorful sun motifs. Ideal to wear with a summer dress or wafting around in a cover-up.

Hat, £611.56, Chloé

The Safari Hat - Sensi Studio
Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
White linen and leather strap safari hat by Sensi Studio, £159.09

Sensi Studio is an Ecuadorian lifestyle brand that creates incredibly chic hats, homewear, bags and summer clothes. Founded by Stephany Sensi who worked with designer Tomas Maier before setting up on her own, it offers something for every kind of sun-worshipper, including the cautious one. Which is what makes this white linen safari hat with with an extra shoulder covering panel so genius. 

Hat, £159.09,  Sensi Studio


Wide Brim - Eugenia Kim
Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
Sunny wide brim hat, £317 by Eugenia Kim at Harvey Nichols

Eugenia Kim has been the queen of the New York Millinery scene for two decades, and her designs are instantly recognisable for their high levels of chic and fun - her satin bows are exuberant, her stripes bold and graphic. Luckily, her wide-brim hats are just broad enough to shade the sun, but not so wide they'll prevent someone standing next to you. 

Hat, £317, Eugenia Kim 

The Super Wide Brimmed hat - Ruslan Baginskiy
Fashion Forward Sun Hats for Summer 2023
Super wide brimmed sun hat £315 by Ruslan Baginskiy at Net a Porter

One of the most fashion forward milliners working today is Ukrainian designer Ruslan Baginskiy, a former fashion stylist who launched his brand in 2015. He counts Madonna, Taylor Swift, the Hadid sisters and Janelle Monáe amongst his many fans. Baginskiy is inspired by the lost art of glamorous millinery, and takes his inspiration from art and costume. His star is still very much on the ascendant, and among his many glamorous sun hats, it's his super wide brim versions that are the most user friendly, being packable and malleable enough to stow in luggage.

Hat, £315, Ruslan Baginskiy