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The best summer look? It’s not a barely-there dress or linen pants. It’s not even a trendy flip flop! Instead, it’s all about sun protection. And the proof is with none other than Jared Leto who, in all of his long chestnut-tressed, bristly bearded glory, vacationed in Ibiza and wore a huge hat. The singer-actor-Gucci-muse sported the straw piece with a blue buttoned collared shirt—the type that a banker wears to work—but added his hot summer touch by only fastening two buttons, revealing a singular pendant and, of course, some glistening male cleavage. Adding to the ensemble? A pair of swim trunks in a blinding Baywatch red hue. In his hand, Leto carried a pair of New Balance dad sneakers. While there is probably no direct fashion influence to Leto’s shoe-carrying moment, Chanel did in fact show models for its Spring 2019 show toting sandals on a sand-strewn runway. Practical!

But back to the hat. Leto’s hat, akin to one worn by a novice birdwatcher or a one-time safari-goer, is nothing short of great. The straw topper looks sturdy with a firm crown and a slightly sloping, rounded brim. For extra reinforcement, there was even a jaunty chin strap. Fun fact: Leto has been wearing this hat quite often this summer and even donned it on stage when performing with his band Thirty Seconds of Mars in Italy this July. In other words, the hat certainly has a presence.

Of course, Leto isn’t the first to give a big hat a spin. Last April, Bieber, while enjoying a sunny, meditative hike in California, also wore a large hat. (Bieber’s boasted an upturned brim.) There have also been a slew of models like Bella Hadid that have enjoyed shielding themselves from the sun with larger-than-life hats, and of course, there was Jacquemus who popularized hats of absurdist widths in its Spring 2017 and 2018 collections as did Gucci for Resort 2020. As for Leto, there is nothing sexier than a man who understands the importance of blocking harmful UV rays. They want to keep their skin clear and undamaged. In other words, they like to take care of themselves. And besides the sun, what is hotter than that?