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Try This Trend: Rachel Zoe, Paris Hilton + More Don Floppy Black Hats

Floppy Black Hats
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A floppy black hat is the perfect summer accessory for many reasons. For starters, it protects the face from the sun’s harmful UV rays (and the wrinkles they cause). It’s also a shield for fragile, delicate hair, keeping color-treated or processed roots out of the drying, damaging sunlight.

Plus? Floppies add panache to any outfit. Just ask stylist-to-the-stars Rachel Zoe, who topped a flowing black and white ensemble with a big-brimmed hat, while celebutante Paris Hilton did the same with her form-fitting dress.

Rachel Zoe

See how easy it is to transform a long and loose top into a high style outfit via the addition of a floppy hat? Zoe, known for her layered, billowy looks, donned her black topper with loads of chunky jewelry and somehow achieved a state of balance that speaks for itself.

Rachel Zoe Hat
Pacific Coast News

Paris Hilton

The famous-for-being-famous heiress protected her blonde strands with a black hat, and her eyes with big, dark shades. The hat is just the right size without being overbearing on her tall, slender frame.

Paris Hilton Black Hat
Pacific Coast News

Jessica Alba

The uber-fashionable mom and actress wore a textured, bent brim hat with her peachy dress. Alba’s hat is a bit more rugged and utilitarian than many floppy options, giving her look an edge.

Jessica Alba Black Hat
Pacific Coast News

Gwen Stefani

Okay, so we cheated a little with this one. The singer’s black hat isn’t a floppy — its rounded and fitted construction makes it more like a jockey’s helmet. But it serves the same purpose: fashion and function. Plus, she rocks it in ‘A Clockwork Orange’ kinda way.

Daring dressers who want to go a little different with a summer black hat may want to take a tip from Gwen.

Gwen Stefani Hat
Pacific Coast News

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