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Hats are to summer what the ocean is to the planet: essential. Picture your standard jeans and off-the-shoulder combo, or wrap dress, then add a wide brim hat that ties under your neck; transformative, are we right? For that reason alone, they are worth the investment, whatever your budget. Plus, they don't just look chic, but they also have a practical, functional reason for existing, too. 

Disclaimer: we get that hats aren't always the easiest thing to wear and sometimes feel like a real statement piece. If you're apprehensive about buying into the trend, start with the wide brim, start smaller, like this Oceans Edge style or this Clyde tie under hat for something more directional, then work your way up.