Straw hats are made of lightweight natural straw and usually have wide brims for better sun protection. The straws are submerged in half water until they soften and then hand-formed to the desired shape over a solid block. Straw hats were traditionally used by Southeast Asian farmers to protect themselves from the heat of the sun, but they have now evolved into fashion accessories as well.
Types of Straw Hats
Kinds of Straw Hats include the following:
Panama straw hats
Panama hats originate from Ecuador.
They are made of natural and lightweight fiber obtained from the Ecuadorian Toquilla Palm tree.
They usually have cotton-satin interior linings and external satin strips.
Conical straw hats
Conical straw hats are made of lightweight, dried bamboo leaf strips.
They were traditionally used as farming hats in Southeast Asia, especially in Vietnam.
Boater straw hats
Boater straw – also known as skimmer hats – have flat, two-inch brims and tops.
Considered formal hats, they can be worn with trousers, sports coats, blazers, and tuxedos.
Choosing Straw Hats (Buying tips)
Sweatbands: Choose a straw hat with an inner sweatband made of genuine or faux leather to prevent sweat from trickling down your eyes and face.
Brim size: Choose a straw hat with a small brim size for aesthetic purposes. For actual sun protection, look for a wide-brimmed straw hat to shade your face and neck.