When it comes to choosing a summer hat there are much more in terms of selection than a fedora or trilby. Although they look great (and i myself wear those on a daily basis) sometimes it’s nice to switch it up for a change so we sought out to find a perfect summer alternative. And we found it in two styles; the bakerboy cap and the panama hat.

Both these hats we’re extremely popular back in the early 1900’s. Whilst the bakerboy was more regularly worn by the working class and younger gentlemen, the panama was more for the richer dapper men. These days class doesn’t mean anything when it comes to hats. That’s when we made a visit to one of our favourite hat shops; Laird Hatters on the Strand to find a whole selection of both of these styles.

Some things to think about for a great summer hat are breathability, weight and colour. Why not try a lightweight linen bakerboy in cream or white? Or if you’re looking to be a bit more adventurous, try red, that will go well with navys or browns. And for panamas the classic white is our favourite but why not try beige straw with a brown band? Have a flick through our favourites to see how we style them!

What’s your favourite summer hat and how would you style it?

Dress with confidence,



LOOK 1: Cream Bakerboy by Laird London, Checkered Jacket by Carrier Company, Artisan Jacket by Realm & Empire, Wide-leg trousers by Topman and Two-tone Brogues by Loake

LOOK 2: Panama Hat by Laird London, Beige Suit by Realm & Empire, Denim Trucker Jacket by Levis and Boots by Oliver Sweeney

LOOK 3: White Bakerboy by Laird London, Shirt and Chinos by Scotch & Soda, Neckerchief by Kings of Indigo and Two-tone Brogues by Loake

LOOK 4: Crushable Panama Hat by Laird London, Kimono by Scotch & Soda, Wide-leg trousers by Topman and Trainers by Olvier Sweeney

LOOK 5: Panama Hat by Laird London, Shirt by Scotch & Soda, Jeans by Energie and Denim Derby by Oliver Sweeney

LOOK 6: Red Bakerboy by Laird London, Shirt and Jacket by YMC, Jeans by Uniqlo and Socks & Brogues by Ted Baker



Head over to the Laird Hatters website here for the full collection of summer hats!

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