Over the years, my one consistent travelling companion has been a straw hat. Actually even as I wrote that, I knew I was lying. The hubby, camera, denim shorts, sun cream; never go anywhere without those either. Ok, start again. Over the years, I have come to realise that my packing is incomplete without my straw hat.
My taste fluctuates in terms of the style of said hat (it all started with a hideous straw cowboy hat circa 2000) but all the same, a trip to the sun is never complete without one. Why? a straw hat does a great job of hiding the tangled mess of holiday hair, it elevates any beach outfit to something a little more chic and to be honest, with pale British skin, it becomes rather an essential in the sun. Oh, and not forgetting the fact that half the fun of travelling is trying to safeguard the shape and integrity of a rather large summer hat on a cramped flight. You will see from the photo above that I failed miserably on this last point on the way to Greece.
Why am I bringing this up now that summer holidays are but a distant dream and all thoughts have turned to cashmere and log fires? I recently spotted some really great straw hat options on LA based brand Janessa Leone‘s website. Not only are they beyond beautiful but I love the Autumnal styling. No longer limiting myself to summer, I am now embracing the straw hat year round. It has been pointed out to me that straw and rain are probably not the best combination, but presumably that it why umbrellas were invented?
Top photo: Roland Bagnall, All hats and other images from Janessa Leone