to put away the beanies and stock up on more weather-friendly caps, like the straw fedora and bucket hat. And going by the Summer/Spring collections of brands like Hermes, Dolce & Gabbana and Armani Jeans, baseball caps are here to stay. Believe us, with the right hat (seen here) minus aggressive logos, you will hold your own at any swish do.
When that urge to pull on a pair of three fourths and head to the backwaters with a fishing rod arises, don’t leave without a bucket hat. In soothing floral jacquard, this number from J.Crew is ideal for old-school comfort.
For Rs 4,098 plus tax, on jcrew.com
Men in blue
Your summer wardrobe will not be complete without the season’s favourite, the baseball cap. And Armani Jeans provides just the right amount of style and spunk with their polyester slate blue cap in logo patterned fabric. Rock your denims with it. Approximately Rs 7,300. Available at the store in DLF Promenade, New Delhi. Details: 011 41734949
Do the fedora
Perfect to lend a touch of casual charm to a dinner jacket or a waist coat, the oak straw fedora from Gucci also has a matching oak leather band. They have a selection of canvas and leather baseball caps too, this season. Gucci caps from Rs 16,500 onwards at the store in Emporio, New Delhi. Details: 011 46471111
One more baseball cap that’s bound to rock the season, Hermes’ Jump is a head turner. This cotton cap in a bright pumpkin hue comes with a linen canvas lining and is priced at Rs 31,000. At the store in The Oberoi, New Delhi. Details: 011 43607780
Gentleman in the house
No, we’re not suggesting this one for the novelty of it. You don’t have to be British to pull off a bowler hat. Take pointers from Aamir Khan in Dhoom 3 and try it with a fitting T-shirt. We recommend this English Derby Hat, by Bailey of Hollywood, that’s made of fur felt and sports a metallic faux feather trim. Approximately Rs 14,200 on hats.com
Sunny days will call for long drives, golf sessions and plenty of strolls in the park. Equip yourself with a flat cap that will boost your cool quotient effortlessly. Go for the best and choose the navy check jute cotton one from Burberry. Priced at approximately `23,000 and available on order (minimum orders of Rs 1,00,000) at the store in Palladium Mall, Mumbai. Details: 022 40801994
No collection of hats would be complete without a fedora. Idolised by Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones and Johnny Depp as John Dillinger, we recommend the one by Saint Laurent made in rabbit felt. The slim feather trim and neutral brown hue make it ideal both for the city and the countryside. Approximately Rs 58,500 on mrporter.com
Headed on a hot safari? With an elasticised sweatband, this Safari Panama Straw Fedora by Tommy Bahama will offer shade as you click away in the wild. And made of straw, it’s as light as they come. For Rs 8,432.91 on shop.nordstrom.com
Whether you’re just sunbathing by the pool or watching people get their feet wet, Paul Smith’s Fuchsia Baracoa Print Swim Cap is a great companion. Be sure you’re wearing their matching swim shorts too. Approximately Rs 6,000 on paulsmith.co.uk. For other caps, contact the store in Bengaluru. Details: 080 41738882
Who let the cats out?
This cap with a pair of slim fit jeans and sneakers is all you need to stay on top of the party. Dolce & Gabbana takes the season’s favourite and turns it into a disco essential by throwing on a quirky cat print against a shiny golden background. Approximately Rs 17,300 on store.dolcegabbana.com