Six Inches: A Good Size for a Sun-Hat Brim

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You think your little hat actually protects your face from the sun? If it looks like either of the two hats on the right side of the above Gap image, you might want to be careful about going into the UVA/UVB light.

You need convincing? Have someone take a bunch of digi photos of you in your hat in the sun. Is your face fully shaded when you stroll the city sidewalks? Is your décolleté protected, and, if you have short hair, is the back of your neck?

Size matters when it comes to the brim of a good sun hat. Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Lisa Kellett told me years ago that six inches is the size to go for; a girl doesn't forget that kind of information. When I spotted the second-from-the-left number in the above photo, I knew I'd found a keeper: the Albertus Swanepoel khaki wide brim hat ($44.50 CAN/$39.50 US). It's part of the grouping the designer (that's him) did for Gap's limited-edition CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund collection, which launched early last week.

Don't fret if you can't get your hands on exactly that hat -- Gap also has a gathered sun hat with a brim about as wide if not wider. Yes, bigger than six inches. Because, of course, bigger is better.

Oh hey, if you're thinking now would be a good time to win some sunscreen and sunglasses, pop by Canadian Beauty to enter Henna's Neutrogena Sun Giveaway.

Image courtesy of the Gap. For locations in Canada visit gapcanada.ca.