Update to this post: 2 years after this post, I still have my original Tula Hats and love them. They keep me safe in the sun, travel well and still look great. A wonderful investment!
A great summer hat is a must have. I usually travel with two or three different styles to pair with different outfits and occasions. I always look for versital styling, a great brim for sun coverage and a price point that won’t make me cry if my hat gets lost or damaged. Typically this leads me to Target to purchase a couple of cheap and disposable, yet stylish summer options. The problem is that I never really know how much sun protection these hats provide and by the end of the summer after parties, travel and swimming, the hats are usually destined for the trash (note the condition of the hat in the photo associated with this post…NOT a Tula Hat).
Today, I found a line that should solve this problem: Tula Hats. I have been perusing their offerings for men, women and children and really love their product. There is a style for everyone: western, fedora, beach, etc. Also, the hats are made from sustainable palm and woven in a community in Mexico that has a 400 year tradition of hat making. Every hat they make is certified UPF 50+ so you can buy with confidence and wear with ease. By look, most styles meet the 3-inch brim recommendation for full sun coverage. Since the hats are made from natural palm, you don’t have to worry about the hat losing it’s shape if it gets wet. Just air dry and the hat should be as good as new. My other key rating for hats is how well they travel. These hats are not crushable for packing, but the company claims they are made well enough to travel and maintain their shape.
Hat Packing Tip: always pack your hat top down. then roll your clothing items and stuff them in around the crown of the hat making a bit of a protected nest for the crown of the hat and support system under the rim. Then fill the center with small items like underwear and socks. This technique has never failed me when traveling with a hat.
The price point on the hats seems very reasonable with different styles ranging between $30 and $50. Shipping is a flat rate of $12, so order a few different styles and keep what you like. There is a 30-day return policy for a full refund.
Summer is just around the corner and you know the back of your neck is already a bit pink from spring planting. Don’t hesitate on wearing hats. They can really be a key accessory if you wear it with confidence!
To buy a tula hat, visit their website at www.tulahats.com