Why Your Next Summer Hat Should be Black

4th July

Black summer hats

The other day while running in my neighborhood, I came across this scene. It isn’t often that I see real street style in Seattle (they were tourists searching for Curt Cobain’s house). And so naturally, I spun around to capture it all with my iPhone. I mean, how often do you see a pair of cool Mary Jane-ish boots (to the left)? But most of all, I absolutely love the black hats!

If you want to add an extra dose of cool to your summer look, I highly recommend a black hat. Why do I say, “Go black”?

Sure, the classic white fedora with black band has character.

Summer fedora

Behind the scenes in a photo shoot, Beverly Hills

But wear that same hat in black, and you automatically make a bolder statement. Think Humphrey Bogart or Johnny Depp in Dead Man! Think L.A.! Wearing a black hat doesn’t automatically make you a villain, but who can deny it can give off a flavor of edginess and/or spunk?

Summer hats

Beverly Hills

Even if you’re in the mood for something more feminine – a la Holly Golightly – you can certainly go black; this style is a lovely choice.

Black straw hat


Let’s face it, hats protect that area of the body we especially want to keep young-looking. And besides sunscreen, what better way is there to shield us from damaging UV rays? Although we normally expect to see summer hats in neutral to lighter shades, if you really think about it, black absorbs the sun’s rays rather than reflecting them onto your face and neck.

Besides that, a black hat just looks cool!

Black summer hat


For those who aim for a New York vibe, a black cap will do the trick – with or without the Yankees logo.

Black cap in NYC

New York

This weekend I checked out a few styles myself at Nordstrom. A super helpful and lovely saleswoman Audrey modeled these fun styles. My favorite is the fedora with the tan-colored band.

Black hats at Nordstrom

Top left to bottom right: 1. Halogen panama hat 2. Hinge open weave hat (similar style online) 3. Janessa Leone felt hat (similar style online) 4. Janessa Leone straw bolero hat

I also quite like this hat I saw in Seattle just yesterday.

black hat in Seattle

Want one more reason to wear a hat in black this summer?

“You can wear black at any time. You can wear it at any age. You may wear it for almost any occasion.” —  Christian Dior

Rio Van Zant

Rio Van Zant, actress/model

XO, Janea




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11 responses to “Why Your Next Summer Hat Should be Black”

  1. Rio Van Zant says:

    I love you Janea. This is a fun little article! I’m so glad we literally ran into each other. I can’t wait to work with you in the future!

  2. David says:

    Just an excellent post!

  3. adele miner says:

    Love this post, I need to get myself more hats for definite! You seem really lovely too! x


  4. Debbie says:

    I know this was written years ago, but any idea of the name of the boots those are? Loved this article!
    Thank you

    • Janea says:

      Thank you for your comment, Debbie! Sorry, I can’t be of much help on those boots, since I never owned them. 🙁 Good luck in finding something similar. :*


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