Normally, designers make use of the most prestigious millineries to commission hat designs for their fashion collections. However, the spring/ summer 2021 hat trends took a serious hit since many milliners closed their shops for the season, and materials were difficult to source.
Thankfully, this doesn’t mean there were no hats at all on the runways! We need some chic toppers to cover our faces from the scorching summer sun and to help complete our fashionable outfits. There may have been fewer summer hats, but the fashion labels that committed to presenting some headwear designs did their damnedest to ensure that each one was memorable.
If you’d like to start planning, have a look at our favorite spring/ summer 2021 hats!
#1. Oversized Bowlers at Nina Ricci
Hats figured heavily in the Nina Ricci lookbook for the season, helping to contribute to the highly-conceptual set of cartoonishly debonair photos. The spring hat silhouette presented was of an oversized bowler type, an eccentric headwear item that we think those with a quirky style will adore! The bowler hats on display came in solid white, blue, neon green, or lavender, but there was also one printed with a faded houndstooth pattern.
#2. White Hat Gang at Thom Browne
The Thom Browne collection this season was incredibly striking, with models in all-white uniform-layered looks. The hats helped to contribute to this unusual vibe since they were all crocheted out of white wool. There were a few silhouette options with these hats, including brimmed sunhats, boater hats, and bucket hats.
#3. Suffragettes Represent at Christian Siriano
Christian Siriano aimed to galvanize Democratic voters with his spring collection, and that extended to the headwear trends he aimed to generate.
The flat, brimmed boater hats, especially when worn with dresses with old-school silhouettes and covered in the word “VOTE,” really reminded us of the suffragette movement. Not all of the hats made an overt political statement: others were simply chic, in solid colors or fun prints.
#4. Keep It Casual with Celine
The Celine collection was presented in an open-air stadium, so the models truly needed the collection’s summer hats to shield them from the sun. The hats, much like the clothes represented, were sporty casual with a luxury twist, including fabric baseball caps and soft bucket hats.
#5. Charming Buckets at Etro, Philosophy, Anna Sui and Celine
We saw bucket hats so often on the runways and in the lookbooks that we are sure this will be the favorite summer hat for the new year. From the ethnic-style bucket hats of Etro to the fun printed and straw options at Philosophy, there is the perfect bucket hat for everyone out there.
The Anna Sui collection also included buckets, making this one of the few definite spring 2021 hat trends. However, unlike the casual vibe at Celine, the Anna Sui buckets were feminine and cozy thanks to sweet floral prints or crocheted designs.
#6. Fun under the Sun at Zimmermann, Etro and Jason Wu
We didn’t see a lot of straw or traditional sunhats amongst the summer 2021 hat trends, but thankfully, Zimmermann still gave us an option for the hot, sunny season. The collection was all about flowy vacation clothes, which were easy to top with chic brimmed straw hats. Each hat was decorated along the edge of the brim with a brown stripe, which gave the hats a more structured touch, guaranteeing they’ll fit both in the city and on vacation.
The Jason Wu collection also gave us some wide-brims with a casual twist. Those soft bucket-sunhat hybrids were made of fabric and would probably be more suitable for quirky-casual street style looks and for high-fashion gardening.
#7. Visors at Fendi, Versace and David Koma
The final hat trend we noticed was visors, which showed up on both the Fendi and David Koma runways. Versace also showed some heavily printed wide-brimmed visors with scarf details wrapped around them.
At David Koma, the visors were on the sportier side but with a luxe twist to go with the tennis theme of the show, in a fabric-cap design studded with crystals. At Fendi, the visors looked intentionally more upscale, made out of white fabric with an extra-wide brim.
Photos via Vogue, Livingly