Hats and the Harsh Summer Sun

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With the harsh Aussie summer well and truly here, it’s time to think about protecting ourselves from sunburn and overheating. But slip, slop, slap, doesn’t mean you can’t look your best whilst looking after yourself.

Staying out of the sun isn’t always possible, so just what are your options? A decent summer hat or parasol are your two best choices.

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Straw hats are very popular in Summer because they are light weight, easy to wear and come in many styles and colours, so there is sure to be one to suit you, and look fabulous with your favourite outfit!

Depending on the type of straw and construction, the less expensive straw hats can lose their shape if they get wet, so something to keep in mind.

If you have found that elusive perfect hat but it’s just that little bit too tight, don’t despair! You don’t have to spend your Summer suffering for fashion!

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Kitessa (above), is wearing my favourite Summer hat that I managed to find at a recycle store. Although the hat looked very different when I bought it! Covered in a large, cheap and nasty feather boa it was definitely not my style. But with some patience and a bit of TLC, it could definitely be given a second chance.

Removing the feather boa was not difficult, but removing the residue dried glue was another story! For the record, nail polish remover applied gently softened the glue enough to be scraped off. But it did take a while!

My next challenge was the hat size. The hat was a tight fit and whilst I thought that just meant it wouldn’t blow off in the wind, after a while it started to give me a headache. Packing it with newspaper and other attempts had no effect so I took it to a millinery store where they were able to stretch it for me. Stretching a hat depends on the material and how much bigger it needs to be, but worth looking into if you need it.

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Sometimes a larger brimmed hat isn’t always practical, or maybe it just doesn’t go with your new outfit.  A parasol or umbrella is a great alternative, and can be teamed up with a small hat.

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I’m a big tartan fan so I tend to use mine all year round, but there are some really lovely parasols around, in many styles, from Victorian Gothic to fun 1950s and pin-up styles.So next time you’re planning your outfit for that special day in the sun, don’t forget to think about sun protection and how you can incorporate it in your own fabulous personal style!

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(This article was first published in January 2016 issue of “Kustom Kulture Life“).