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The dos and don'ts of summer hats

The dos and don'ts of summer hats

Hats have never been labelled as easy to style. But when summer rolls around, you’re bound to reach a point where you kind of need one – so you may as well make it look good. After all, summer hats aren't just a great way to shield your head from dreaded sunburn, they can also serve as a stylish finishing touch (if you nail them). 

And while most clothing and accessories  trends come and go, when it comes to hats, the styles tend to stay pretty evergreen. We spoke to our stylist Freddie (who is often spotted rocking a baseball cap, might we add) about the dos and don’ts of wearing two standout hats of the season. You,your scalp, and your wardrobe, we might add, can thank us later. 


Photographed: (similar) Adidas Sonic Dad Cap (£25), (similar) MKI Pigment Dyed Quarter Zip Sweat (£65)

Caps can serve a completely different purpose depending on the sort of person you are. They could either be a solid part of your everyday get up, saved exclusively for bad hair days or, you may be really sensible and actually use them to protect you from the sun. Freddie sees them as one of fashion’s coolest and easiest accessories that anyone can pull off. 

Do find a cap that reflects your style

Usually 6-panel caps are the more sporty styles – think Nike and Adidas. Whereas a 5 panel tends to have a wider panel across the front which can feel better suited to guys who want to push the boat out a little when it comes to their style. 

Don't reserve yours for lazy days only

Sure, caps may come in strong on days when you’ve  skipped out on hair wash day. So much so that they’ve earned themselves something of a lazy reputation,  when in actuality , they can look considered and lend a cool element l to your outfit. It’s a great juxtaposing piece if you’re wearing something that feels slightly too smart (not a suit, maybe just linen trousers) but with that said, do leave them behind if you’re going to anything like a wedding. 

Do choose a style that suits your face

“Generally, if you have a slightly rounder face, a 6 panel will suit you better, while a 5 panel will suit a longer, more angular face.” Plus, this is one of the only places Freddie says a logo is kind of compulsory – “it doesn’t have to be anything expensive, but I do think it’s a good addition to have.” 

Bucket hats

The ‘90s classic is officially back, and not just as a festival exclusive either. Freddie says while they do have a little less versatility than a cap, bucket hats are a great addition to your summer wardrobe. They are suited to more streetwear-led styles, so if that’s your thing, they’ll be right at home in your wardrobe. However, any casual look will benefit from this particular hat style. 

Do find the right fit

As with all hats, it’s important you get the fit right. Bucket hats are notorious for being one size fits all, so you might have to go through a little trial and error here – “that’s okay, though because they have free 100-day returns.” Nice plug, Freddie. 

Don’t go for a synthetic material

Anything like a nylon will not only make it look a little more technical and less of a fashion accessory. It’s also less breathable, which means you’re going to sweat more throughout the day – something we can all agree that no one wants. Instead, try a cotton or canvas, this will have good structure meaning your hat will keep its shape. Plus, it makes a real casual piece feel just that bit more elevated. 

Do opt for a neutral shade

Because bucket hats are very much a statement in themselves, it’s a good idea to go for a neutral shade that will offset the boldness and pair easily with other pieces in your summer wardrobe. But, here at Thread we’ll forever class forest green as a neutral too, so don’t rule that shade out.

Words: Yasmine Kennedy
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Freddie Kemp