|Tuesday Products: Garden and Sun Hats for Men and Women|
|Written by Heleigh Bostwick Tuesday, 27 March 2012|
As a collector of vintage hats for every occasion I love wearing hats around town, at parties, at the beach, and out walking. I also wear a hat when I garden and you should too. Why? Because wearing a wide brimmed hat while you garden protects your face, neck, ears, and head (if you're follicle challenged) from the sunís harmful rays, and of course prevents you from getting sunburned.
The first consideration is to choose a garden or sun hat with a wide brim--at least 4.5 to 5 inches. Most brims are straight out, but a hat like the Cotton Big Brim Ultraviolet Protection Hat similar to the one pictured above is also an option. The type of fabric or material the hat is made from is also an important consideration. Most garden and sun hats are made from cotton like this basic menís sun hat or this cotton duck sun hat . Garden hats made from raffia, hemp , or straw tend to be more stylish. Then again, so is this light cotton denim sun hat--another favorite of mine for its versatility. And finally, there's the classic Panama Hat .
Adjustable headbands inside the hat are nice to have but are usually only found on more expensive hats. My all time favorite hats for the outdoors are these twist sun hats in five diffrent colors. The hats are made of cotton, easy to wash (just hose it down), dries quickly in the sun, and it twists to fold up into a six-inch or so diameter circle that easily fits into the accompanying pouch.
While the cotton hats are definitely practical sometimes you want a little pizzaz to go with that garden or sun hat. Whatís nice about raffia or straw garden and sun hats is that you can decorate it yourself by placing a wide fabric ribbon around it and tucking a few flowers, leaves, or berries into the band. Voila! Instant fashion.