For those who are blissfully unaware, Boston has been downright tropical lately in an extended heatwave, with no end in sight. Amidst slathering on SPF 100 and watching sunglasses melt down my nose, my need for something that can shield my eyes from the glare and shade the bits of my face most prone to burns is becoming increasingly urgent. Snapbacks and wide-brimmed hats do not offer proper ventilation for temperatures in the 90s, and anything in a straw variety feels cliché. What could be more practical than a visor? Combined with the impracticality of summer leather, this item has quickly moved to the top of my want list. Luckily, there are a wide range of styles to choose from.
Skingraft, aka the one that started the obsession. I spotted it browsing their summer sale on my phone early one morning. By the time I was fully awake and went to pull it up on my laptop for a closer look, the visor had sold out. The search was officially on. [Skingraft Vice Leather Visor, pictured above, sold out]
For the daring. While fashion harnesses have gone mainstream, Zana Bayne remains the standard. Her take on the visor – er, ride cap – incorporates her signature heavy hardware and a hint of kink. [Zana Bayne Ride Cap, $260, and unpictured Woven Visor, $125]
Feeling luxurious? If sporty visors are not your thing, the silk chiffon scarf on this milliner’s creation gives it a retro glam vibe. [Gigi Burris Jackie Visor, $490]
The perfect fit. With a wide variety of colors in both basic and racer back styles, you’re bound to find one that suits your taste. [Fleet Ilya Visors, $272-408]