Straw hats have been around about as long as people have flocked to sunny beaches.
Originally designed to shield the face and eyes from the sun, early versions of this hat were made of stiff straw to create a wide-brimmed shape. Now that the temperature is rising, you can cool off in style with an updated version of this summer classic.
Popularized during the 1920s, the cloche is a bell-shaped hat that was designed to be worn low on the forehead. The cloche has recently made a resurgence, especially with Angelina Jolie sporting a version of this hat in the 2008 movie, Changeling. Urban Outfitters’ striped straw cloche with a bow at the side teams up perfectly with a strapless sundress.
The fedora, primarily worn for weather protection, has a crease lengthwise down the crown and is pinched in the front on both sides. The signature look of Indiana Jones, this hat was usually worn by men but ladies’ versions can also be found. Gucci’s spring 2009 runway collection featured a straw fedora with a coral shade bow, but you can find a similar look complete with a black ribbon at Ardene for under $10.
The floppy straw hat is making a comeback this season with new embellishments like self-tie bows and oversized brims. The modern version, like Banana Republic’s straw floppy in chocolate and gray, is not your 60s raffia floppy hat. With attention to details, today’s floppy straw hat will definitely provide some stylish shade for those hot afternoons at the beach.