The Bucket: shaped like a…. bucket. To be fair, it wasn’t invented with aesthetic in mind. The bucket hat was first conceived as a purely functional item worn by Irish farmers and fishermen as protection from the rain, which was made possible by its wide downward-slanting brim. Now we can see the bucket hat in the main fashion shows.
The Panama: think, “summer Fedora”. Although this is simply made of straw you wouldn’t believe it when you put one on – they can be soooo beautifully made! They are particularly endearing in beige or white with a black (dark) band, but you can find them in black too, which can look very stylish at night in the summer.
The Boater: – as the name suggest, worn on a boat, but not just any boat. This is the traditional hat of the gondola oarsmen of Venice, Italy, and also of the canals around the colleges of Cambridge University in England.
The Bumper Brim: a ladies’ hat made with a very wide brim and short crown, you can often see them at weddings, or at high-society events.
The Cloche: this is a super-feminine bell-shaped hat usually made of wool and very representative of the 1920’s. It always gets my vote 😉
The Mushroom: sophisticated and very feminine.
The Vagabond: all the glamour, mystery and seduction that a would-be “femme fatale” could wish for. Its wide brim lets you hide one eye and leave the other in its shadow.
The Floppy: for me more like the bohemian hats and one of my favorites both in summer and winter with its sexy “I couldn’t care less” charm. There are plenty options and styles in wool, felt and straw.
If you live in France (or even Spain) I’m sure you will be familiar with the exclamation “Chapeau!” which is frequently used to express admiration or respect. It originated many years ago when gentlemen literally used to take off their hat to convey this. This gesture was also common in Britain, and as I am writing in English I will say to all of you who regularly incorporate headgear into your outfits: “I take my hat off to you”
If you want to know more about hats please see the links to these posts below:
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