The visor is one of the classic summer hats for men and women. Few other accessories so firmly scream summertime than the trusty visor. This hardworking hat has jumped from the realm of confused holidayers and pensioners to become an A-lister style accessory. Sun protection and shade without messing up your hair? Equally good for active pursuits as leisure ones? Yes and yes. But how can you be sure that the visor you’re wearing gives you the classic summer vibe you crave? Read this style guide to find out how to look cool and stay cool even in the summer heat.
The visor is one of the most versatile and wide-ranging of all the types of hats so which visor you should choose is really the eternal question. Obviously, all visors will offer a good amount of protection from the sun on your face, and thus can help cool you down on a hot summer’s day. But with such a plethora of material options, it really comes down to personal style for which one of these comfortable hats will suit you best.
Cotton is a very breathable fabric that can absorb moisture so it’s perfect for athletic adventures where you might get a little sweaty. Organic cotton visors are great for Fashion Activists who want to make good choices for the environment. One of our favourite sustainable companies, Ganni, offers a selection of super fun visors made of 100% organic cotton with delightfully bright patterns. Designed to match the Ganni kiosk bag, your accessory game will be totally on point.
Straw is a popular choice for visors. Louis Vuitton’s Strawgram visor from Spring/Summer 2020 elevates the visor from athletic or leisure pursuits to the realm of high fashion. Made of woven raffia and embroidered with the Louis Vuitton monogram, this is one luxe visor.
For a more contemporary look, try out Dior’s tinted perspex with UVA and UVB protection. With a muted logo embossed front, this is the visor that you can wear even with dressier outfits. While you might not want to play a tennis match in this visor, you will definitely look futuristic chic in all your summer selfies.
The athleisure style has shown that rather than being a trend, this look has true lasting power. And the visor is the perfect complement to that athleisure outfit you love to run and play in. After all, a visor is designed to stay in place thanks to the elastic band, so you don’t have to worry about it flying away on a windy day. Visors also help you not overheat thanks to the airflow on your head, and by providing shade to your face. It can protect your beautiful face from the sun’s rays during outdoor activity, meaning less exposure to UV rays that can cause skin cancer and signs of aging. During all your outdoor summer activities, the visor is going to be kind of like that friend who is always super protective of you.
For a visor to play sports in, be sure to look for a moisture wicking interior. Polyester is one of the best fabrics for keeping you dry but, unfortunately, polyester is no friend to the environment. It’s made from carbon-intensive petroleum and is not biodegradable, so this is a visor you’ll definitely want to shop pre-loved on Vestiaire to make sure you don’t contribute to more environmental damage.
Visors are a natural piece of headwear for streetwear style. So whether you’re playing golf, tennis, or sitting by the pool sipping a cocktail, if you want to channel the power and style of Serena Williams head to Vestiaire Collective for our collection of pre-loved visors for sport and street.
In theme parks of the ‘90s, the visor was the domain of dad-style. Or grannies playing cards together... both of which are now oddly chic. Today, the vintage visor is undoubtedly an awesome retro throw-back accessory. Paired with loose fitted jeans and a casual top, you can get that old-school vibe out there. It’s even better if you can peruse your dad’s closet to find a genuine article for a super authentic look. Who knew he had such good style all along?
If you can’t find the vintage visor of your dreams in the closets of your older family members, have no fear. At Vestiaire, we’ve got all the different styles of visors you could possibly want from sporty to chic, and, of course, vintage. Best of all, all of our visors are pre-loved so you can feel good about the purchase you make knowing that it is bought in a sustainable way.
Some of the best visor finds are those that reflect what you love. Lots of brands and events have taken advantage of a visor’s large brim to splash on some publicity so finding a vintage snap visor from the ‘80s emblazoned with your university logo or your favourite sports team can be a great way to show some team spirit in a fun way. Old-fashioned logos imbue a touch of nostalgia and memorabilia like this can also be great gifts for friends and family members.
Obviously, no one knows style quite the way Rihanna does. So we should have all realized when she donned a visor way back in 2012 that visors were about to ascend to high fashion. Designers like Tommy Hilfiger and even Giorgio Armani’s protégé, Stella Jean, scrambled to catch up to Rihanna’s prophecy and give the visor a chic spin. Today, we can enjoy the visor as a lasting fashion staple item from many of our favourite top luxury brands.
Classic straw visors are the perfect option to complete your summer look at the beach or the race tracks. Not only are they lightweight, but some of them, like the straw visor from Rag & Bone, are packable too, so throwing them in your beach bag should be no problem. Straw is a quintessential material for summertime outfits, conveying a feel of freshness and lightness. Often, these fashion visors tend toward being a bit oversized compared to the ones you are used to seeing on the tennis court, which is perfect when you want to protect your complexion.
For those who want a summer look with a bit of laid-back luxury, seek out a visor from your favourite label at Vestiaire Collective. It’s the most environmentally friendly option for shopping for visors, plus you get a chic pre-loved visor at a fraction of the cost of a new one. These are not your grandmother’s visors. Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry all have visor options so the problem won’t be finding a luxury look for your summer, but rather which one to choose. Grab your visor and your summer sunglasses — the beach is waiting!
Designers have fully embraced the visor and are putting their signature spins on the piece with pride. Many collections have embraced the visor as a top gender fluid accessory. There’s room in everyone’s wardrobe for more casual apparel with an extra edge and the unisex visor checks all the boxes for form and function.
A favourite avant-garde visor style is the technicolour brim that Dior and Tommy Hilfiger have both experimented with, the latter in collaboration with Gigi Hadid. It’s a far cry from the white canvas visors of the past. Transforming the visor of the ‘80s from its humble status to a boundary-pushing piece in futuristic technicolour in the present-day is a stroke of design genius. The visors designed today almost look like they could be from the space-age, so it’s perfect when you are craving a bit of escapism. Dior continues to update and refine its visor and its newest offering takes the visor to a high-class level. With a silver Dior Oblique motif and smoky colours, it is chic enough for nearly any outfit.
People are excited to have a carefree summer and the visor is a great accessory for that. The visors of today are incredibly fashion-forward, as artistically and thoughtfully designed as anything else you would come to expect from the big luxury fashion houses. If you are ready to check out a modern-day visor, check out the Vestiaire Collective app, where we have a large selection of second-hand visors from the designers you know and love. Through Vestiaire, you can buy a pre-loved visor in a way that is more sustainable for the environment so you can heat up your look without heating up the planet.
Warm weather is just around the corner and we hope now you understand why a visor is the perfect item for your summer ensemble. A visor is going to allow your personality to shine as bright as the sun during all your summer activities.
Visors, as proven by devotees like Kim Kardashian, Gigi Hadid and Rihanna, are fully embraced as style items. The range of visor materials mean you can flirt with many different styles to find the one that suits you best. Searching on Vestiaire will give you access to tonnes of pre-loved visors all in one spot. You can filter for the colour or brand that you prefer, or simply peruse until you find one that strikes your fancy. When you’ve settled on the perfect visor for your summer, it’s as easy as clicking a button for your pre-loved visor to be on its way to you.
We hope that this summer you get to hang out with your besties in your favourite hangouts. When you do, perhaps you can tell them about where you got your visor and why it’s such a good move for the planet. Encouraging your friends to join the Vestiaire Collective movement is a great way to be an activist for the planet, and to help change the future of fashion. Each person we convert to shopping pre-loved means a step closer to a world where all of our shopping choices are made with sustainability as a priority. And the more people who are part of our global network, the more closets you get to search through when you are looking for a new pre-loved item to add to your collection. Happy summer!