The season's outrageous heat has begun. You can see it on the faces of the passers-by on the street, in the sweaty attire adhering to every human being not enclosed in a climate controlled zone, in the dizzying optical waves of heat rising from the blacktop in the noonday sun.
Great hats are a necessity in this unforgiving climate. With so many choices available, why settle for just one?
Barneys New York. The cream and grey are a perfect complement.
Above is a wonderful vintage Milano style woven hat by Julius Garfinckel and Company available from one of my favorite stores on Etsy - PearlModern. The perfect hat for leisurely rowing on Central Park Lake or sitting beachside at a resort as the waves roll in.
Below is a great cotton hat from Lock & Co Hatters in an eye-catching grey, navy and red plaid. Available from Mr. Porter.
Above, the contrast fedora from Etro - Available here. A very tasteful combination of patterns shows true artistry.
Hermès. Simply elegant.
Below is a photograph of the inimitable Don Cheadle looking suave while beating the summer heat in a great straw hat.
Below, a great straw fedora by Albertus Swanepoel. Available from Barneys New York.
Below, the Singer Sargent hat from Worth and Worth, available here.
Below, a delightful ad from quality French hatmakers Mossant. Quite debonair. There was such a magic to old advertising posters that has been lost in the digital age.
A great woven flame pattern two tone Panama hat from Agnes B. This one really makes a statement without being vulgar or verging on the ridiculous.
The Woven Super Sport 750 from Worth and Worth. Available from Hatshop.com.
Below, it was apparently too hot for Michael Fassbender. Here, he keeps cool with a great stingy brimmed hat.
Beneath is a photograph of a linen flat cap by Borsalino available at Harrods. Classically understated European style that is perfect for reflecting those harsh sun rays.