Hats are pretty much essential in a hot country like Australia. If you are over 40 chances are you already have had a good dose of sun over your life. For summer a hat will help minimize further damage especially with thinning hair exposing more of your scalp.
However, that baseball cap you have probably worn since the 80s doesn’t cut it for the middle aged man. Baseball caps might be ok for casual situation like popping to the shops or playing golf, but for more formal outdoor occasions, eg:
You really need a good looking stylish hat.
Sure you can wear your Akubra, but to be honest I have never found a felt Akubra to be cool in summer
The good news is that some of the old classics are still popular for mature gentlemen, with plenty of great hatters turning out some quality products.
Three classics to look at are:
A Panama hat is a traditional brimmed straw hat of Ecuadorian origin. Panama hats are light-coloured, lightweight, and breathable, and often worn as accessories to summer-weight suits, such as those made of linen or silk. Beginning around the turn of the 20th century, panamas began to be associated with the seaside and tropical locales.
A Fedora is traditionally a felt hat with a wide brim and indented crown. It is typically creased lengthwise down the crown and "pinched" near the front on both sides. Fedoras can also be creased with teardrop crowns, diamond crowns, centre dents, and others, and the positioning of pinches can vary.
Fedora style hats are now popular as summer hats when made from the same light weight cool materials that you would find in a traditional Panama hat, and look pretty darn good on the
For a bit of extra style and individually try a Trilby, a narrow-brimmed hat angled down at the front and slightly turned up at the back that was once viewed as the rich man's favoured hat.
If you can’t get to Avenel, there are planty of other great brands and some pretty good online shopping options.
My favorite is the Avenel Ecuadorian Cuenca Safari with Black Band in the Natural colour
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