summer hatDo you wear a hat in the summer? Now I’m not talking about one of the glorious fascinators that we saw at the Royal Wedding. I’m referring to a basic summer hat designed to protect you from the sun.

While I dutifully slather on sunscreen several times a day, I never think to put on a hat in the summer. Well, to be honest, I don’t even own any summer hats. An offhand remark by a friend has me thinking that it’s time to rectify that fashion deficit.

The other day a friend — who has also added daily walks to her exercise routine — mentioned that she’s going to look for a hat this weekend. She commented that she’s starting to get a sunburn on the top of her head. Oops! Talk about feeling stupid. While I’ve lectured numerous people on the dangers of being out in the sun without sunscreen, I’ve left my head unprotected in my daily walks.

As a person with fine, thin hair, I suffer from hat hair in the extreme. As a result, I tend to avoid hats except on the very coldest days.  But since I do the majority of my walking either before my morning shower, or after work in the early evening, hat hair really isn’t going to be an issue. I doubt if I’ll don a hat when I make a quick run to Starbucks in the middle of the work day, but I’m determined to wear one for my daily walks.

All this means I need to find the perfect hat for walking, and quickly. I’ve done a bit of searching on the web and have come up with a couple relatively inexpensive possibilities at Target, Eddie Bauer, and H&M. So later today, after my hopefully last unprotected head walk, I’ll be heading out to the stores to check out hats.

What about you? Do you wear a hat in the summer? If so, what kind of hat do you wear?