Must-have Summer Hats For Men This Year

Published: 05/04/2021

The cold, dreary days have finally cleared and made way for bright sunshine, long afternoons in the beer garden, and days out at the beach with the family. But, when the warm winter hats come off, it’s important to replace them with stylish summer hats to protect us from the harsher sun. It might seem counterproductive to put a hat on when it’s warm outside, but it’s actually an important outfit addition that shouldn’t be overlooked. 

There’s an old wive’s tale that we lose up to 45% of our body heat through the top of our heads. So why, in the height of hot weather, would we ever want to cover it up? Well, it turns out that this ‘fact’ is a total myth - in fact, we actually only lose about 10% of heat through our heads, a similar rate to most other areas of our bodies. So, by covering our heads during the summer, we aren’t hindering our ability to stay cool.

Wearing a hat in the sun can actually help to keep you feeling cooler by shielding the top of your head from the direct heat and light of the sun. A hat will also help to protect your eyes, skin, and hair from harmful UV rays which can cause all sorts of unpleasant or annoying issues - a sunburn on the scalp is no fun.


The Sun has got his hat on

guy with blue hat

Did you know that the Sun is actually a star? It’s the closest star to Earth and its radiation helps to prevent us from freezing in the subzero temperatures of space, encourages plants to grow, and offers us the changing seasons. Seasons are essentially varying levels of concentration of the Sun’s rays being filtered through our atmosphere. When the Earth’s axis is tilted away from the Sun, its rays are less concentrated and offer less warmth which gives us winter. When the axis is tilted towards the Sun, the more concentrated rays offer more direct warmth and we find ourselves basking in the summer heat. Unfortunately for us humans, the more intense rays from our friendly neighbourhood star can cause all sorts of adverse effects such as sunburn, heatstroke, and various skin conditions - enter summer hats.

If you’re going to be spending any time outside during the summer, you’ll not only need to regularly apply sunscreen, you’ll also want to wear a hat. The hours between noon and 15:00 are the hottest times of the day, so you’ll most definitely want to cover up during these hours in the sunshine no matter what you’re up to. Whether you opt for a snapback, a straw hat, or a bucket hat, covering your head is the best way to help keep you cool while still protecting your skin and eyes from the bright UV rays.

Fun fact: The warmth that the Sun beams down onto us is actually radiation - good in small quantities but dangerous in larger amounts. Make sure you’re covering up with clothing or sun cream (as well as your hat) when spending long hours in the sunshine!

Back in the 1930s, it was common to see men wearing hats every day. It was part of the uniform of a suit and tie and was a staple part of their wardrobe. Since then though, hats have become an occasional piece you put on for specific events or particular reasons. Well, here at OnBuy we don’t think you need a special occasion to don a stylish piece of headwear - check out our recommendations for your must-have hat this year and wear it all summer long!


The main event

fishing hats

So we’ve established why you might want to add a hat to your summer outfit. How do you choose which hat to go for? We’ve got six of the top must-have hats for summer 2021 for you to check out and choose to make the most of the warmer weather in style.

White Corona Extra Beer Bucket Hat

White Corona Extra Beer Bucket Hat

Pros: The perfect party hat for when lockdown lifts, breathable fabric keeps you feeling cool

Cons: A little loud if you’re looking for more of an understated look, one-size-fits-all design may not make for a snug fit

If partying with your mates is something you can’t wait to get back to once the pubs reopen, this hat is for you! Officially licensed by your favourite beer brand, this Corona Extra hat will help you bid farewell to lockdown and hello to the celebrations with friends. The wide peaked brim protects your eyes and the back of your neck from the harsh rays and the fabric construction keeps you comfortable all summer long. With a one-size-fits-all design, you can pick one up for all your mates to enjoy together - perfect for a lad’s weekend or a stag do! Whether you’ll be down the beach, sizzling up a BBQ, or enjoying some cold beverages with your friends, your hat will keep you looking as cool as you feel this summer.

Top tip: check out our bucket hat style guide to take your fashion game up a notch. From baggy ‘fits for casual occasions to bright, bold styles for festival season, you’re sure to make a good impression with these trendy tips!

Retro Moto Muzzi Trucker Hat

Retro Moto Muzzi Trucker Hat

Pros: Mesh back keeps your head cool, front peak protects your eyes from the glare of the sun

Cons: Polyester material isn’t breathable, the white details will get dirty easily

Perfect for doing outdoor activities, this adjustable trucker hat is the ultra-stylish choice for your summer wardrobe. Available in three different colours, the adjustable nature of the hat ensures comfort at all times. The front peak helps to shield your eyes from the glare of the sun as you go about your business while the open mesh back keeps the air flowing to your head, keeping you nice and cool. Perfect for wearing to any casual event, you can pick this hat up in a variety of different colours to suit your tastes. So no matter whether you’re spending the day on the beach, taking a fishing trip, or just working on your car, you’ll stay cool and comfortable all day in this hat.

Wukong Paradise Outdoor Men's Hat

Outdoor Men's Hat

Pros: Wide brim protects your face and back of your neck, adjustable size can fit any head

Cons: Prioritises function over fashion, only available in one colour

If your plans for the summer involve any kind of outdoor activity, you’ll need this hat to keep you protected. Whether hiking, camping, fishing, or anything else is on your list of must-dos, this summer must-have will ensure you keep the sun out of your face at all times. The wide brim provides cool shade on your face and neck while the breathable cotton fabric makes sure you aren’t left sweating in the heat. The best part? This hat features an adjustable inner sweatband and chin toggle so no matter what size your head is, you’ll be able to find the perfect fit. This hat is the perfect option for taking with you on any trip, holiday, or excursion.

Western Cowboy-Style Hat

Western Cowboy-Style Hat

Pros: Made from sturdy cowhide leather, water repellent for those unexpected downpours

Cons: Not suitable for vegans, will need to be cared for to make it last a long time

For the dedicated outdoorsmen among us, you’ll want a hat that can keep up with you. Enter the Western Cowboy Hat. This sturdy brimmed hat is made from real cowhide leather and features an adjustable chin strap and braided leather details. It’s lightweight on your head, making it easy and comfortable to wear - no matter how long you wear it for. Not only is it perfect for wearing during long hours in the sun, but it also has the added benefit of being naturally water repellent, keeping your head dry even when you get caught in those inevitable sudden downpours. It’s a simple style that anyone can pull off and, with the right care, this hat will last you years of summer fun.

Motorcycle Baseball Cap

Motorcycle Baseball Cap

Pros: Adjustable back strap for a comfortable fit, striking Ducati branded design on the front panel and bill 

Cons: Not the number one choice for those who don’t like motorbikes, limited colour options

Rev your engines for this Motorcycle Baseball Cap! Ideal for those long summer afternoons spent fixing up your bike, this cap is a must-have for all motorheads. The rounded front bill will shield your eyes from the harsh glare of the sun while the adjustable band at the back ensures a snug, comfortable fit that’s tailored to you. Available in two different colours, both embossed with the iconic Ducati logo on the front panel and bill, these caps make a striking, standout finish to any outfit. Perfect for all casual occasions, from trips to the beach, lazing in the garden, and enjoying a drink in the pub, you’ll surely get your money’s worth with this versatile cap. Alternatively, thanks to its one-size-fits-all design that offers the assurance of the perfect fit, this makes the perfect gift to your motor-loving pals. Get your motor running!

Unisex Wool Fedora Hat With Leather Ribbon

Unisex Wool Fedora Hat With Leather Ribbon

Pros: Smart and stylish, available in many different colours

Cons: The wool might be a little on the warm side, limited size range available

Combining a smart and timeless design with casual elements, a fedora is the perfect finishing touch to all summer outfits. Donned by some of the biggest names in the world, including Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars and even Justin Bieber, the fedora is certainly experiencing a resurgence of popularity - and it’s not hard to see why! With fashion and function at the forefront of this haute piece of headwear, there’s an endless list of reasons why a fedora makes the ideal addition to your summer wardrobe.

The wide brim of this hat will keep your face and neck shielded against the sun as you enjoy your leisure time outdoors. The natural wool stays snug on your head all day and will help to protect you from light showers. Whether you’re sipping a Pimm’s in a pub garden, meeting someone for a first date, or enjoying an outdoor summer wedding, this smart fedora will finish off your outfit nicely and keep you looking and feeling cool as a cucumber. Choose from a huge range of colours to complement any outfit, style, or event.


Top it all off

man with cap

No matter whether you’ve decided that a bucket hat is the one for you or you’ve chosen to complete your outfit with a stylish fedora, we hope our selection of headwear must-haves have helped you choose your perfect summer outfit. Looking for even more fashion advice? We’ve got you covered (literally!). You can find our entire selection of men’s hats right here, which includes an even greater variety of styles not mentioned in this guide. 

Speaking of guides, why not check out our entire selection of men’s hats guides while you’re here? From wonderful winter warmers to the ultimate guide to men’s baseball hats, these informative articles are packed with style inspiration to help you take your fashion game to the next level. The sun has got its hat on, so why haven’t you? 

The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.