The straw hat is right on trend this season, but it never really goes out of fashion, being a staple item of the sun holiday wardrobe. Icons like Brigitte Bardot and Bianca Jagger made them fashionable back in the ’60s and recently they have been popular at weddings and the races also.

I use a big hat to hide from the sun (when we get the sun in Ireland) whether that is in my back garden or at a BBQ, and it is definitely a must-have on a foreign sun holiday. But a hat must be comfortable also and I have written before about how I find it difficult to find a hat that fits my head.

Last year, I had the opportunity to wear a fabulous hat from Anthony Peto to The Dublin Horse Show, which was both comfortable and functional. Check out the post HERE.

Recently, I wore a hat from Marc Cain with one of their very wearable animal-print shift dresses in a charity fashion show at Malahide Golf Club. They kindly loaned it to me to take some photos for this post. I am thinking of going back to purchase it as they have 30% off in their sale, which brings it down to about €60.

On a sun holiday you will always find me sitting under a big hat trying to protect my face from the sun and so guard against melanoma and nasty stuff like that.  Though this is not a big hat, I think it would offer enough protection.

The dress is incredibly comfortable and easy to wear and with 30% off is now about €200. The bag is borrowed from the stylist daughter.

I generally wear a hat when golfing too, (woolly in the winter and peaked in the summer) though not making any fashion statement while doing so. So I was surprised when I had to get a suspicious mark treated recently. More on that in a future post!

Check out my friends hats here. Some interesting posts, including the history of fascinators. Have a look.

  1. Suzanne from Ask Suzanne Bell 
  2.  Wendy from Fashion Over Fifty
  3. ME
  4. Eugenia from The Age of Grace
  5. Robin from Helloim50ish
  6. Julie from Fashion, Friends, and Trends
  7. Nina from Sharing A Journey

Do you like hats or are you more of a fascinator type of person? Personally, I am not a fan of the latter. But I am willing to concede that they do not flatten the hair and suit some people more than others. And they can certainly make a statement! Share your feelings, don’t hold back!!