It’s summertime and the sun is out and shining. There are plenty of ways to protect yourself from the sun, but at the end of the day there is no better creation to protect your face from damaging UV rays than a hat. There are a bunch of different kinds and styles to choose from. Some are ageless and work in many settings, whereas others are only appropriate in specific settings.
While it is important to prevent burns and cover your face properly, it is also instrumental to have the right kind of hat to compliment your style and surroundings. Here are the main types of summer hats, along with when each should and can be used.
The Baseball Hat
The classic baseball hat is what most think of. The design is simple. It protects your face from the sun and can be worn effortlessly with a multitude of outfits. Different types of baseball hats can be used based on the social setting and location. Different styles can also be used to compliment one’s own personal style, with styles such as snap-backs gaining prominence as of recently. Baseball hats also give you the chance to show support for certain teams or brands.
Mexican sombrero hats are much more present in the country as they are designed to protect the face and neck from long days in the field under the hot summer sun. Although sombreros are not typically worn for fashion reasons, they have a highly functional use. These hats should be avoided in non-countryside settings as they are not commonplace in urbanized settings and are usually not necessary for these kinds of settings.
The Cowboy Hat
The Cowboy hat is highly prevalent in the southern United States and mostly in the great state of Texas. The hat is particularly associated with ranch workers in the southern and Western U.S. The cowboy hat’s wide brim protects the face much like the sombrero without protruding as much from the base of the hat. However, it does not shadow the neck like a sombrero would. Beside being used for a functional reason, the cowboy hat is used frequently by those who dress in a cowboy style. Combined with cowboy boots, wrangler jeans, and a plaid or plain tee shirt, the cowboy hat can complete the cowboy style that is popular in Texas and some of the southwestern states.
The Bucket Hat
The Bucket hat, also known as a fisherman hat, is primarily used by fisherman as the name dictates. The hat has head wear design with a wide and downwards sloping brim, with occasional ventilation holes on the side. The hat was introduced as a fashion statement in the 60’s and has seen a revival as of late, especially among middle school children in the United States. Although the hat has some shade advantages over a common baseball hat, it is mostly used as a fashion accessory and is associated with today’s “hipster” scene. The bucket hats origins go way back as well, with many famous icons having sported the style at one point in their careers.
The Straw Hat
The Straw hat has a wide brim and provides some shade from the sun. It is made of lighter materials than most hats, and this helps to keep the head cool. However, the straw is not always woven tightly, so it is possible for UV radiation to get through the holes in the hat and create burns. This hat is most commonly worn while gardening or at the beach.
The Wide Brimmed Hat
The wide brimmed hat is mostly worn by women and provides strong protection from the sun. Its wide reach allows maximum cover of the skin and provides a cool alternative to a heavier hat. Some wide brimmed hats also can be made in sun resistant materials, providing further protection from the sun. Wide brim hats can be fashionable, while also preventing skin cancer by preventing damaging UV rays.
Everyone has a different style when it comes to head wear, but one thing is for sure; Hats can be a great way to not only protect you from the sun, but to compliment an outfit or fashion as well!
Comment below to share what summer hat works best for you.