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9 Celeb-Inspired Summer Hat Styles

Don't know the difference between a fedora and a trilby? Never even heard of a trilby? Don't worry because, with the help of your favorite celebs, we're breaking it down.

Summer is in full swing, and you know what that means: hat season. From beaching, to boating, to brunching, hats are the perfect accessory for all of your summertime activities, and as a bonus, they protect your scalp from sun damage as you wear them! But it can be hard to decide on the perfect hat for each occasion. Have no fear, though. We've gathered some of the most popular styles of the season and our favorite ways to rock them!

1. Baseball Cap

The classic baseball cap (AKA "snapback") will forever be a summer favorite. Dress it up by adding a few curls in your hair for an afternoon with your girls, tease some pieces for a punk-esque night on the town, or hide that third-day messy bun on your hike with your honey!

Get Bella's Look: Asos, $4.50

2. Fedora


Happy #nationalpuppyday from me and Barkley! It's impossible to get him AND Boo in the same photo

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The soft-brimmed, indented crown fedora can be a tricky one to pull off these days. Pair it with a boyfriend style t-shirt and a loose cardigan for an effortless vibe on that coffee date, or go for some overalls and funky shades if you're headed to check out that new band this weekend! Add a puppy, like Sarah Hyland does, for the maximum level of cute. 

Get Sarah's Look: Felt Fedora, Forever 21, $12.99

3. Panama

The Panama hat (that was actually made in Ecuador) is an easy one to style for an outdoor, summertime wedding. The wider brim keeps the sun out of your eyes during the ceremony, but the light and airyness of it will make sure you aren't dripping sweat underneath. A summertime romper or a classy sundress is the way to go with this headgear. 

Get Miranda's Look: Hat Attack Panama Continental Hat, Shopbop, $120

4. Bucket

The bucket hat has slowly made it's way back to prominence, becoming a total staple this festival season. Make sure your outfit matches the vibe to avoid looking like a total tourist, though, and keep your outfit quirky and fun to really pull it off! Rihanna's 

Get Rihanna's Look: Bucket hat in Liberty daisy and poppy floral, J.Crew, $49.50

5. Floppy


@CNN don't judge a book by it's cover ♏️

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If you don't wear a floppy hat to the beach, what are you even doing with your life? The massive brim screams sun protection, while the carefree vibe it gives off in your sandy Instagram pictures is definitely worth double-tapping. Meanwhile, Katy Perry takes making a statement with her hat to a whole new level! 

Get Katy's Look: August Hats, Off Duty Floppy Hat, Macys, $54

6. Boater


Rosé all day. Don't play. 😉

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Boater hats are set apart by having both a flat brim and flat top and used to be worn by sailors. But now, we are all about pairing them perfectly with a summery outfit. Wear it to a lunch date or a block party with your friends!

Get Vanessa's Look: Boater Straw Hat, Shoptiques, $59

7. Sunhat


No hump days here. @DraperJames #vacationvibes 🌴

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Reese Witherspoon flawlessly executes the styling of a sunhat in this Instagram post. We love the simple, clean look that can take you from day to night during that beachy vacation.

Get Reese's Look: White Rope-Band Sunhat, Shoptiques, $89

8. Newsboy Cap

Ready to celebrate 4th of July with @revolve 💙❤️💙❤️ #revolveinthehamptons

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Tread carefully when attempting to style this old timey cap! For fear of resembling a paper boy or someone who just stepped out of The Great Gatsby, make sure you opt for something chic to accompany this piece. We're talking some uber trendy shades or, like Romee Strijd, a billowy crop top and some layered jewelry.This hat is not for the faint of heart to pull off, so more power to you when you nail it!

Get Romee's Look: Nine West Canvas Newsboy Hat, $30

9. Trilby


The trilby hat is often confused with its cousin the fedora. However, the differences fall in the shorter crown and shorter, angled-down brim that curls up in the back. While it once was the favorite hat of rich men, the trilby is a fabulous way to add a unique flair to your summer outfit. We're loving America Ferrera's (err...Amy's) straw trilby so fabulously styled in season two of Superstore

Get America's Look: ASOS Straw Trilby Hat, $16


Hannah Marsh

Hannah is a Texas-born, Iowa-raised alumna of Iowa State University. When not writing trending content across several Meredith sites, she enjoys all things fitness-related, binge-watching "Whose Line is it Anyway" episodes and fully embracing her self-diagnosed peanut butter addiction.

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