Topshop boater hat

Dear Me: A letter to my 16 year old self

Posted on July 11, 2013

If I could offer you one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. On every piece of exposed skin, every time it meets the sun. Factor 50, just to be sure. Never, ever, ever lie in the sun with baby oil on your beautiful face. In the future, tans will be a sign of ill, not good, health. Skin cancer will be the most common cancer in Ireland, and Ireland will have one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. You will narrowly avoid becoming a statistic when you have a pre-cancer removed from your face at the tender age of 40. And the cosmetic sun damage will surely be in the post by then.

And always wear a hat. This bit is easy for you – you like hats. Just keep wearing them, especially in the summer. Here are some hats you can wear in the 21st century:

Basic straw hat by Asos

Asos straw hat

Floppy hat by American Apparel – available in a myriad of colours. This is a wool hat so might be a bit much for our current weather but definitely one that can be worn at other times of the year. Gorgeous.
American Apparel floppy hat

Boater hat by TopshopA classic look that will add a summer look to any outfit.Topshop boater hat

Straw hat by Zara. I love this colour.Zara straw hat

Finally, the perfect beach hat by Seafolly.Seafolly sun hat

What Others Are Saying

  1. Joanna Donnelly July 11, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I already had this sussed at 16 so I’d have to go back a few years previously (I discovered Ambre Solaire’s Duo Tan – in my aunt’s cupboard – when I was 15 and never looked back, that was in 1986 I don’t mind telling you, if you think the stuff stinks and streaks now you just had to get a load of this stuff). I would though, if I was sending a note anyway, let myself in on the secret that I wasn’t remotely ugly and was, in fact, quite cute. Such a pity the young have no self esteem.
    Oh and I got a fabulous straw hat this summer that I love to wear. I should send you a photo!

  2. Fiona July 12, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Go on then!

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