Katie HolmesI for one am ecstatic to see the return of the floppy straw hat, last worn by our mothers at the pool back in the early eighties.

I get excited about buying one because it gives me that feeling of being a kid again, playing dress up in my mom's closet. I wonder if Katie Holmes felt the same way when she wore a wide-brimmed white hat during a recent swimming jaunt with her daughter, Suri?

I love her entire poolside look in this photo, and we'll get into her cool, pareo-style cover up in a future post, but for now, let's focus on affordable floppy hats, which you can wear just about anywhere right now.

Check out a few of my favorites after the jump.

 

American Apparel

A basic floppy straw hat is easy enough to find at a decent price. This straw hat (American Apparel, $38) does the trick and comes in black, white and cream.

 

AlloyYou can easily find floppy hats on the cheap right now, too. This straw hat (Alloy, $19.90) is a great price!

 

AthletaPrefer a smaller brim? I'm loving this Small Samara Brim Hat (Athleta, $54).

 

ZapposBut I also love the theatricality of this Large Brim Raffia Floppy Hat (Zappos, $66).


BebeThis striped floppy hat (Bebe, $49) will definitely get you noticed ...

 

AnthropologieAnthropologie offers a luxe take on the look with this Grosgrain-Wrapped Sunhat (Anthropologie, $98).

 

White HouseFinally, I'm wilde for this Raffia Sun Hat (White House Black Market, $68), which was reportedly inspired by a "Hitchcock heroine." WANT.

What do you think of the floppy straw hat for summer? Will you wear one?


Images (top to bottom): Splash News, American Apparel, Alloy, Athleta, Zappos, Bebe, Anthropologie, White House Black Market