ACCESSORIES REPORT: Sun Shade

Accessories Report

Your eyesight shouldn’t be the only thing you shade from the shining summer sun during the summer. Though easily forgotten and under appreciated, a hat on your head is an essential to protect the skin of a young college-age wanderer. Spanning decades, the simple straw hat, worn by aristocrats and laborers alike, approves healthy functionality with optional style. The winter temperatures may have an advantage on versatility in the headwear department, but a wide brim made of straw is a summer exclusive.

This Fashionista styles a breezy sun hat favorite with her own handmade top garment and shaded accessories. Secured beneath the flexible interior, her hair casually braids to the side, making indoor hat removal effortless and free of any hair mishaps. With such a prominent brim plus a tiny perforation design, sunlight will have difficulty making its way through this Fashionista’s wise fashion choice. Straying away from the annoyances of classical rough straw (made from the Raffia palm), her hat instead balances a tightly woven straw blend that makes traveling and packing around campus no problem. Also in a more neutral dark tan, her sun hat proves an all color diversity. You can find similar floppy types in vibrant colors such as yellow, orange, pink and blue.

If you’re really on the hunt for that characteristic seaside straw appeal, YesStyle has some of the largest online selections. A simple straw can sometimes look bland on it’s own, so you can add character with cute accents such as corsages, lace trimrear bows details (for the Madeline effect) and even cat ears. As for those that find the natural palm blend itchy with discomfort, ASOS has your head covered – felt boaters, bowlers, fedoras and snapback caps may be your best option. Add your favorite pair of sunglasses and you’re ready for the overhead afternoon sunshine.

Spotted: Tracy Reese spring 2011 planted a very ’70s style vibe atop heads in past years ready-to-wear with leather and cotton floppy sun hats.

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