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First Time for Everything





sunhat closeup

There’s a first time for everything! And this is the first time I’ve ever worn a sun hat. I was planning on waiting until I was at the beach this summer to break it out, but the weather has been sunny and in the 80s (and is supposed to get up to 90 today!)…so, it seemed silly to wait any longer, when it appears summer has already arrived.

This sun hat I bought at Target…when I was grocery shopping. Haha. (You get me every time, Target!) I’ve never owned a sun hat until now, because I used to be a bit of a sun-worshipper…and never wanted to wear anything that would prevent me from getting a tan. Fortunately, I’ve outgrown the whole tanning thing and have become an avid sunscreen-wearer, and now, sun hat-wearer. And with May being National Skin Cancer Awareness Month, there really isn’t a better time to become proactive about preventing skin cancer. (Click here to learn more about protecting yourself from the sun.) This hat is also nice, because while it’s black, I don’t get too warm while wearing it.

My dress is also great for the warm weather because it’s paper thin but not see-through. I really need to get more dresses like this… they’re so comfy! It’s also great, because I can wear it with a tank top, tights and my boots for cooler weather. I had found this sundress at a cute thrift store in downtown Princeton called Greene Street. If you ever find yourself in downtown Princeton make sure to stop in Greene Street. They have a really nice inventory for both men and women (my husband has had really good luck here, too).

Coconut gladiator sandals

My gladiator sandals are so old, they are actually the first online purchase I ever made. I was in high school when I saw them in a little boutique in downtown Minocqua, Wisconsin. They were out of my price range as a 16-year-old working at Claire’s, but I was not deterred. I had my debit card and used the family computer to find these glorious sandals for half price on Zappos…and I still wear them every summer. They are Coconuts by Matisse, and given how much use they have gotten over these past 10 summers, I can say they are incredibly high-quality. Unfortunately, this exact pair does not exist after 10 years, but Matisse does have similar pairs I have linked to below.

*Does anyone else have a favorite sun hat for summer? And do you remember the first time you bought something online? (I was so nervous. Haha.) Let me know in the comments!

Where to find it:

Sun hat: Target 
Dress: Thrifted (similar here)
Sandals: Coconuts by Matisse 
Jewelry: Lia Sophia (old)
Sunglasses: Burlington Coat Factory (old)

*I’m very excited that this outfit is now in an ad for ModCloth! If you want to see it on the site, just click here and hover the mouse over the “outfit photos” tab. 🙂

Holy cow! I'm in a ModCloth ad!
Holy cow! I’m in a ModCloth ad!



  1. henatayeb says:

    the hat looks great.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Lauren Blair says:

    I have recently also been purchasing my first and experimenting with sun hats! You look great! And yes…Target is the only place where grocery shopping turns into wardrobe shopping too haha!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I can’t wait to see your sun hat, Lauren! Haha, and yes, Target can be dangerous!

  3. Devinne S. says:

    Wow, I can’t believe those sandals have made it so long! They still look incredible. And as a side note, I love Minocqua! I’ve only been there twice, but it’s so nice to be up there in the woods like that.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Haha! They are pretty impressive, Devinne! And that’s awesome that you’ve been to Minocqua. My grandparents live in the area. So, I’ve spent many summers around Minocqua. I love it!

  4. Amanda Brezovsky says:

    Really loving this hat on you! You should wear them more often!! I have a few favorites of my own now that I’ve gotten over the years. Plus, they’re always so chic. My first online purchase…I can’t remember exactly, but I do know that I was getting a lot of Marilyn Monroe purses off of ebay when I was in high school. It would have been around that time probably.

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Amanda! I actually am now a bit obsessed with sun hats, and went ahead and bought another from ModCloth. Now, I’m just trying to not wear them for every outfit post. Haha. And you were brave in high school! Haha. Ebay had made me very nervous back then.:)

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I really adore this dress on you, along with the sun hat! I barely wear hats because well although I love them I don’t think I pull them off as well as you can. You’re are just like me with the whole sun tanning thing. I use to be big into tanning until I started seeing things I’ve never seen before and well that really started to scare me. Glad to hear you are wearing sunscreen:-)

    The first item I purchased online was actually a Victoria Secret bathing suit and it didn’t fit LOL. I was so frustrated!! But I gave online shopping another chance after reading enough reviews before I purchase.

    Great post!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      I’m sure you look great in hats, Elizabeth! And glad to hear you have stopped tanning, as well! I wish I would have figured that out a bit sooner in life…but I suppose it could have been worse.

      Glad to hear you didn’t give up on online shopping after a frustrating first time. Haha. Buying bathing suits online can be a bit tricky. 🙂

  6. Joanna Joy says:

    You look fabulous in this hat! You should definitely wear them more because they suit you. Also, you look beautiful in this dress and sandals. The whole outfit is adorable. Great photos!


    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Aw. Thank you so much for all the kind words, Joanna!

  7. So cute Lindsey! Love my sun hat 🙂 Bought Billie Jean one late last fall can’t wait to see her wear it!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you so much, Tanya! Miss you guys!

  8. jenniferrzasa says:

    The hat suits you! I have been wanting to get one myself, but haven’t taken the plunge yet. I can’t remember the first thing I purchased online…but I’m impressed that you remember yours!

    1. haveclotheswilltravel says:

      Thank you, Jennifer! 🙂

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