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10 Summer Hat Options That Are Way Classier Than a Ball-cap

How to block out the sun with style.

If the past few years have proven anything, it's that hats are making a comeback—and with a vengeance. Nowadays, you can wear them with anything—from a plain white t-shirt to a form-fitting suit. So read on, and learn how best to top your outfits off without just throwing on your old faded ball-cap. And if you're looking to upgrade even more than your look, don't miss these amazing life lessons from the likes of Dwayne Johnson, Anderson Cooper, Laird Hamilton, Tom Brady, Mark Cuban, and more iconic men. 

Dockers Wide Brim Gambler Hat

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$30; buy now at

Lightweight mesh hats are great for balmy weather. Pair this Dockers number with our selection of summer menswear style essentials and you'll be ready to tackle to dog days of summer all season long.

Stetson Water Repellent Fedora

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$27; buy now at

Before the armies of Reddit claimed the fedora as their standard issue uniform, it was, believe it or not, a classic menswear essential. Well, it's cool again, as evidenced by this waterproof, army-inspired piece. Of course, if you're going out in the rain, be sure to waterproof your entire outfit by checking out the essential rain gear every man needs in his closet.

Tommy Bahama Buri Braid Raffia Hat

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From $66; buy now at

There's more to this Rat Pack–inspired straw hat than meets the eye: It features an elasticized sweat band for maximum comfort and fit.

Goorin Bros. Killian Fedora

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From $19; buy now at

Elegant in its simplicity, effective in its cleanness, this is a hat that would pair beautifully with a subtle, tonal suit. So while you're at it, check out the 20 sleekest, sharpest suits you can buy while sitting at your desk.

Brixton Hooligan Snap Cap

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From $11; buy now at

For an instant style upgrade to the baseball cap, try out a newsboy cap. They're classy and stylish, yes, but most importantly, it's an easy look to pull off.

Rothco Khaki Jungle Hat

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From $7; buy now at

If you're heading out on a safari—one of the secret escapes trending among the one percent right now, in fact—this khaki piece of perfection is the hat for you.

Herschel Supply Co. Glendale Seamless Hat

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$42; buy now at

No roundup of hats would be complete without at least one baseball cap. As far as baseball caps go, keep things sleek and neutral—this logo-free, solid navy option from Herschel is a prime example of what to aim for.

Brixton Baxter Fedora

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$50; buy now at

As I mentioned, mesh is the go-to for summer. Here's an option in a darker brown—subtle yet distinctive, and incomparably suave.

Stetson Durango Safari Hat

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From $26; buy now at

Consider this familiar khaki piece your backup on that safari.

Dockers Straw Fedora

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$30; buy now at

Patterns are all the rage. (Just take a look at the Hawaiian shirt trend for proof.) This textured, graphic option is perfect for stepping up your patterns game. Plus, it's light as a feather—a feature anyone can tip their hat to.

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