Spring is here! Have you started looking for the perfect sun hat for spring and summer? I’m a huge vintage hat collector, but I am also keen on protecting my skin from sun damage. Now that I am living in Florida, I am even more serious about sun protection. I try to avoid putting chemicals on my skin as much as possible, so I lean towards wearing big straw hats instead of lathering up with sunscreen.

I always keep a wide brimmed straw hat in my car and in my office. You can scour your favorite vintage and antique stores or find a vintage style from retailers like H & M and Nordstrom who have good selections of light and airy spring and summer hats. If you are feeling in the DIY mood, start with a basic straw hat and use some colorful ribbon or faux flowers to achieve the look you want.

If you’re afraid that a hat might ruin your good hair day, why not try a parasol? You may think parasols are so 1909, but for many women around the world, parasols are part of their secret to healthy skin and avoiding wrinkles. When I was in Japan a few years ago, I was amazed at how many women, whether in the countryside or in downtown Tokyo, carried parasols. The Tokyo National museum even has “parasol parking” where you can store your parasol outside before going into the museum. A paper parasol like the I’m carrying is light and pretty effective at blocking the sun. Vintage style parasols are very popular now for weddings and I used one in some of my wedding photos (stay tuned for future post).

For the best selection of parasols, check out Etsy >> 

The backdrop for these photos holds an important place in Civil War history.  In 1861, the Union successfully defended Fort Pickens in the Battle of Santa Rosa Island. Today, the Fort offers sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico and an array of historic brick buildings with dramatic archways.

Location: Fort Pickens, Pensacola Florida 

Wrap Dress: Thrift store find. Target has a great selection of sleeveless wrap dresses.

Hat: Vintage Shop Find something similar on Etsy

Husband:) Kells Hetherington (not available)

Photography by Amber Fletcher Photography

Alison Hetherington

For the modern girl who loves everything vintage.

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