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10 best men's summer hats from classic choices to streetwear styles

Whether you opt for a traditional five-panel or a more modern bucket, these hats will keep your head cool and your face sunburn-free

Don't be caught out this summer without a trendy topper ( The Independent/iStock )

Ensuring you're all set for summer isn't always as easy as it sounds. While you might have your swim shorts sorted, the grass freshly cut and sunblock by the bucket-load, there's always something you haven't thought about.

That though is where we come in, and this time it's to ensure your summer headwear game is on point.

We’re looking for a comfortable hat, that doesn’t cost the earth, but that still looks the part.

Whether that’s a traditional Panama, a bucket hat or a simple (but stylish) cap, we’ve got you covered this summer with our pick of some of the best on the market.

Say goodbye to squinting and that sweaty red face of yours, and hello to some of the best and most fashionable (and affordable) headwear options the market currently has to offer.

You can trust our independent reviews. We may earn commission from some of the retailers, but we never allow this to influence selections, which are formed from real-world testing and expert advice. This revenue helps to fund journalism across The Independent.

Adsum works run hat: £49, End Clothing 

New York-based menswear brand Adsum might have only been around for about four years, but they've already built themselves a reputation for making high-quality-but-affordable garments. For this summer, they've created the Adsum works run hat, a breathable and lightweight cap, making ideal for warmer climates. Whether you're running, working, popping to the shop or basking in the sun, Adsum's six-panel option won't let you down.

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Reebok Classics foundation five-panel: £19.95, Reebok

The five-panel cap has been a staple in streetwear and skate fashion since the early Nineties and for that, we have Reebok Classics to thank. Ever since its birth almost 30 years ago, the now-iconic five-panel construction has been replicated hundreds of times, and for SS19 Reebok brings us a modernised version. Coming in a summer-ready grapefruit colourway and lightweight fabric, this foundation five-panel is comfortable to wear and looks mint simultaneously. Reebok Classics have done it again.

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Fresh Ego Kid x New Era mesh trucker: £30, Fresh Ego Kid

Founded by former footballer Marvin Morgan, streetwear brand Fresh Ego kid have teamed up with some famous labels thus far, and this summer they're doing it again with American brand New Era. Made for the more street-savvy wearer, their latest collaboration brings us a breathable mesh trucker hat  in an array of different colourways – that features a raised embroidered logo at the front and an adjustable snapback at the rear. Two brands that can be relied on for making high-quality headwear – so why not?

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Puma archive bucket hat: £15, Asos

Direct from the Puma archives, this hybrid version of the traditional bucket hat oozes 2019. Ideal for almost any summer occasion, the hat features a twisted cord adjuster (with a cord stopper) and embroidered eyelets that make this extremely comfortable on-head. The brand's subtle logo can be found on the left side of the hat and is woven to remain in-keeping with a high-quality feel.

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Stussy mask pattern low pro cap: £47.95, Bored of Southsea

Stussy has been making excellent headwear since day one (1980 to be precise) and although we're now in 2019, they shows no sign of letting up. Iconic in the world of skating (and widely-recognised as one of the oldest original streetwear brands) their hats are as reliable as they are fashionable. A low fitting cap with the brand's logo on the front of the six-panel construction figure, you can't go wrong. Its all-over mask pattern makes this the ideal hat for the more extravagant wearer and its low profile means it suits a lot more people too.

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Crew Clothing classic cap: £18, Crew Clothing

There are some labels that become synonymous with making excellent traditional clothing and Crew is one of them. For many, their crossed oar logo represents a brand that makes the simple things well; their classic cap falls precisely in this category. Cut from cotton twill with the embroidered logo on the front and a new stripe elasticated back tab to make sure it fits just right.

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Ellesse fenna reversible bucket hat: £25, Ellesse

Two hats for the price of one with Ellesse's fenna reversible bucket hat. With two majorly contrasting colourways, you'll have the choice between a vibrant yellow one side or a light blue option on the other. Lightweight and machine-washable (essential for a reversible hat) it's time to let out your retro side with the Italian brand's Fenna bucket.

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Story Mfg cotton-corduroy bucket hat: £120, Mr Porter

For those looking for something a little more high-end (and environmentally friendly, too), look no further than Story Mfg and their cotton-corduroy bucket hat. The brand's ethos of having a positive attitude towards earth is replicated in their insistence on natural materials; their product is made with organic cotton and palm tree yarn for the logo. Another retro bucket hat throwback that's been brought into 2019 for a sustainable rework.

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Norse Projects twill cap: £45, Oi Polloi

The twill sports cap from Norse Projects is a mighty fine specimen indeed. It’s one of those low-profile, unstructured baseball caps, and it’s got a small letter ‘N’ on the front. Presumably, the ‘N’ stands for nice.

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Borsalino grosgrain-trimmed straw panama hat: £245, Mr Porter

A more expensive choice sees us onto the Borsalino panama hat, a classic straw hat essential for summer weddings and holidays. This one, in particular, was made in Italy using a time-honoured process that contains around 52 steps. The hat's inner browband ensures your face stays dry from sweat and that it remains in exactly the same place throughout. Plus, there's nothing quite as cool as a traditional Panama hat is there?

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The verdict: Men's summer hats

For an all-round cap that oozes style, quality and efficiency, you can't go wrong with Adsum’s work run cap, but if you're in search of something a little more formal and looking to spend a little more, the Borsalino panama hat will last for years and never grow old.

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