While the Masters and Coachella are drawing two very different crowds, those crowds have got one thing in common: they’ll be spending most of the weekend outdoors, under the unrelenting sun.
And your most reliable form of portable shade is a good straw hat.
The straw hat comes in many forms—from the venerable panama hat to the stubby-brimmed situations you see crowning a lot of heads in LA—but there happens to be some darn good-looking options out there these days, and not just in the typical wheat-chaff color. So we took the liberty of finding you the five best woven hats on the market today. (We presumed you wouldn’t mind.)
So while during the other eight months of the year, a brimmed hat might be a lovable affectation, we’ve entered the scorching stretch of days when that brim serves a vital function. You need shelter from the sun—and if possible, you’d like to do it without looking like a complete yokel. If you’re ready to move beyond the baseball cap, we’ve got three places for you to look...
For all our gushing about the wild charms of the panama hat, actually wearing one can be a bit tricky. So we thought we’d shine a light on a gentleman who managed to pull it off without looking too much like Allan Quatermain.
The gentleman is Luke Mountain, a New York department store mainstay and owner of a particularly handsome Borsalino Panama. Of course, he’s in about as urban a setting as this world affords, but he pulls it off perfectly, thanks in large part to that linen blazer. Beyond that, the outfit couldn’t be more New York—the raw denim, the expert-level pattern matching between shirt and tie—but the loose color match is enough to tie it all together.
If you’ve got a khaki-colored jacket in your closet, you may want to pull the same trick. Just keep an eye out for hat racks.
On the heels of our tireless survey of the sock world, we thought we’d take a look at winter hats. These aren’t for decoration; they’re for that rare time of year when going out of doors uncovered is practically an invitation to frostbite. So in the interest of protecting both your earlobes and your sense of style, here are three of the best.