I am traveling to Maui next week with my family. We’re going to eat well, and they’re going to bake by the pool while I go look at some of the island’s new organic farms. But my problem—I need a hat that can look great poolside, but also won’t seem too stupid fashiony while I’m trekking across irrigation ditches. I’ve noticed you seem to have the SoCal hat situation down pat. Any suggestions?
Sun Damaged in Los Angeles
Dear Sun Damaged:
In lieu of a cliché Rag & Bone or Juicy Couture straw fedora, why not check out one of these Irish linen hats (above) from Australian designer Helen Kaminski? They are chic and understated and perfect for travel. I have one in navy but I feel like the sand might be better in the heat. They have them at Pickett Fences on Larchmont, or I think I’ve seen them at Saks. Of course if money were no object—and, ultimately, I think it’s too loud for Maui—I’d be going the way of a Lanvin upturned crochet straw hat (avail at Barneys for a mere $368):