Fab Real-Life Summer Hats And Bags For Any Age

For most of us, July and August are the dog days of summer. I am jealous of you right now, Australians! And we in the summer zone look for ways to make our outfits 1) safer in the sun, and 2) beachy-chic. One way to achieve our goals is with airy summer hats and beach-y bags.

As per always, the women of Visible Monday are on it, giving us real-life examples of summer hats and bags that work. I confess myself to using a leather Coach bag, either black or brown, year-round, but that’s just because I am lazy; do not follow my example. Instead, get inspired by these fab over-40  women:

Classic hat shapes. Tamera of Tamera Beardsley sports an oversized and striking straw hat (similar), one of her favorites by Frank Olive designs. She looks cool and refined, and her armful of roses and lilies are completely gorgeous accessories.



Vintage and re-styled. Anna of Looking Fabulous At 50 looks wonderful in dots of all sizes. Her navy and white vintage bag (kinda similar) belonged to her late mother-in-law. Anna updated the bag with a new strap. Navy and white say “summer.”



A stand-out straw bag. Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style looks pretty darn happy in a summer-y dress and denim jacket. The groovy bag is from Disenyo, a Dutch brand. I think this is it. Loving the unexpected straw design!

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A great hat and bag, together. Suzanne of Ask Suzanne Bell is fresh in a denim shift and fedora style straw hat from Eric Javits.  The excellent straw bag is vintage Kate Spade (similar), and thrifted. Nice find.

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Another fabulous two-fer. Natalia of In The Writer’s Closet looks sunny in a cotton dress and wedge sandals. The little wicker “trunk” (similar) can be used for picnics, Natalie says, and she found it at Goodwill. The hat (similar) is Old Navy from a previous season.

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Enjoy every day, and stay fabulous, xox,


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  1. Every one of us has a proper comprehension of the advice supplied to the general public, so I really liked the guide
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  2. Hi Patti! Thank you for the feature! I do love my fedora (I have the same one in two colors!) and that straw bag was such a fab find, I couldn’t believe it when I found it. I guess we were meant to be together 🙂
    Great round up!

  3. Reading this on a rather cold and wet Winter day I feel a bit envious of all those glorious Summer bags and hats. Inspiration for when its our turn down under.

  4. What a great round-up of summer hats and bags! They’re both hard to resist items for me, and I’ve been having quite a penchant for straw and wicker bags lately. xxx

  5. Beautiful inspirations! Tamera’s hat is divine, and the wide strap is such a fabulous upgrade for a classic vintage purse! It’s a great time to look at straw bags or little trunks everywhere now – all shapes and sizes are available, and I love your picks! I am eyeing my thrifted bottle holder for an unexpected summer bag for one of my next outings. 🙂 Thank you so much for this post, Patti! I’m honored to be in the group of such stylish women!

  6. I love hats whose brims form a kind of bell, like the one in the top photo. As long as it isn’t too windy.
    Speaking of which, I have a raffia hat that has a little string tie going around it. I learned that the tie isn’t just for show–you can tighten it to keep your hat on. And it works! Just sharing a little secret….

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