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Introducing the new straw hats

Even the most devout sun worshippers need respite from the heat. Arming yourself with an airy and breathable chapeau strikes a balance between shelter and chic.

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VISOR VIBES: Pushing off against the season’s athletic themes, the visor proves to be a good sport when set off against a bold band of colour. H&M visor, $39.35 (www.hm.com). ALC dress, $940 at Holt Renfrew (www.holtrenfrew.com).

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THE BIGGER THE BETTER: Take a cue from Brigitte Bardot, who famously paired her bikini with a stiff wide-brimmed number on the shores of St-Tropez. If trading sand for concrete, a washed-out chambray shirt makes an excellent match. H&M striped straw hat,$19.95 at H&M. Topshop shirt, $56 at the Bay (www.thebay.com).

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THE BOYFRIEND HAT: Men’s wear for women is still going strong this season, so when you suit up in lightweight blazers and trousers, stay on-theme with a structured fedora that’s also borrowed from the boys. Hat Attack hat, $115 at Intermix (www.intermixonline.com). J.Crew shirt, $138 through www.jcrew.com. Elizabeth &James blazer, $490 at Holt Renfrew.

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THE TRANSFORMER: A black floppy-brimmed topper works just as well at the cottage as it does when paired with a sophisticated frock in the city. Cheap Monday hat, $30 at eLuxe (www.eluxe.ca). Label dress,$220 through www.seenolabel.com.

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