Here’s Why You Need Wide-Brim Hats in Your Wardrobe

Here’s Why You Need Wide-Brim Hats in Your Wardrobe

24 / Jan / 2024
5 min read

Picture this: the sun warms your skin, but a stylish shield protects your face — a wide-brimmed hat is atop your head. With it on, you’re not just a sensible woman — you’re a sensible woman with impeccable style.

What’s a wide-brimmed hat?

A wide-brimmed hat is, well, a hat whose brim is broad. Those whose brim measures at least 3 inches are considered wide brimmed.

This makes them perfect for fun under the sun! You can enjoy being out and about without the fear of your face, ears, neck, and nape getting toasted by harsh UV rays. 

woman wearing wide-brimmed hat

They come in so many styles too! It’s little wonder why wide-brimmed hats have captivated women for centuries. From the Riviera's iconic floppy straw hats to the Jazz Age's structured fedoras, these accessories have graced the heads of royalty, artists, and everyday women alike. 

And in 2024, they’re only getting more popular. Pinterest has reported a 27% spike in pins featuring wide-brimmed hats, with straw styles and fedoras taking the top spots. 

But more than just the numbers, the allure of wide-brimmed hats is anchored in not just how they look (and how they make the women who wear them look) but also how functional they are. Their brims offer ample sun protection. They’re also perfect for an easy but noteworthy outfit transformation. You can put on a casual sundress and top it off with a wide-brimmed hat, and your look is instantly elevated. 

How to choose a wide-brimmed hat

Some say this hat style is great for oval faces to offer a bit of roundness, hence, balance. Others say that it works amazingly well for those with round face shapes.

For us, though, these don’t matter as long as you love the hat you want to wear! If it makes you feel confident and joyful, just go on right ahead and wear it. We will advise you to buy from brands that are known for their quality. (Plus points if the hat is designed in Australia, made with top-notch materials, and the quality is checked by skilled artisans.)

How to style wide-brimmed hats

Curious to see how you can make it a staple in your wardrobe? Here are 5 outfit ideas starring a wide-brimmed hat.

Beach Bohemian

beach bohemian look with wide-brimmed hat

"INDIANA" straw hat, Spell Yellow Rose Bias Maxi Dress

Pair a floppy straw hat with a flowing maxi dress and sandals for effortless beachy vibes. Add a touch of drama with oversized sunglasses and layered necklaces and you’ll be as cool as the beach view.

City Chic

city chic look with wide brim hat

"CUBA" in black, Aje Vista Cross Back Pocket Jumpsuit

Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn with a structured wide-brim straw hat, a tailored jumpsuit, and pointed heels. Go for a neutral colour palette for a look that’s as timeless as Audrey’s style. 

Country Charmer

country charmer wide brim hat

"SANDERS" in tan, Elk the label Strom linen shirt and Ven jeans

Exude country chicness with a wool hat, denim jeans, and a flowy blouse. Complete the look with a pair of boots and a statement belt. 

Vintage Vixen

vintage vixen look wit wide-brimmed hat

"MADDY" in red, Camilla and Marc Azure shirt, and Aje Enamour Midi Skirt

Take it back to the ‘50s with a straw hat with an upturned wide brim. Pair it with a cosy white button-down, an A-line skirt, and Mary Jane shoes for a vintage take on cottagecore.

Modern Minimalist

modern minimalist look with wide-brimmed hat

"BOY" in pink, Camilla and Marc Mona slim tee, Rebecca Vallance Camryn Wide-leg Pant

There’s nothing quite like a streamlined look: Keep it chic with a wide-brimmed wool hat, a crisp white shirt, and a pair of tailored trousers. Finish off the look with a pair of pointed flats and a statement bag. 

Got inspired? Embrace the sun, the breeze, and the endless possibilities these versatile toppers offer.