Hats-a normally overlooked important article of tropicalwear
I am looking for a suggestion for a hat to take with me for my days when I will be exposed to alot of sun. At home I typically wear a fedora, but I wonder if the tropical version of the fedora(the panama) isn't a little cliched. I am definitely looking for something with style but I also don't want to stick out(more than I am trying to anyway). I know one of the days I will be on a shore excursion I won't be taking a hat due to the activity I have chosen.
Keep in mind that it can be very hot. Even the coolest looking hat doesn't look good if you are dripping sweat from under the brim.
My husband is a hat junkie. What he prefers for cruises is a tropical hat (I don't know the name of the style). It has a flat crown, with a band of mesh around it below the crown, then a wide, flat brim. It is made out of cloth and the mesh lets air in. It is also very easy to take with you in ports, since it will lie flat or can be folded up.
If you want, PM me and I will send you the name of the online company that sells them.
I carry two hats when I travel. A synthetic ball/cycle cap and a Columbia Booney hat. Both pack flat and are not bothered by rain. The ball cap is more stylish but the booney cap really keeps the sun off. Even I have to say that I look like a tourist while wearing the booney. It works and I continue to use it but there is not much good I can say about the looks. But, when I am in the sun at the equator all day long (I have a shaved head & blue eyes so the sun really burns) I wear the booney. The bottom of the hat is black to absorb everything reflecting up from the sand & water and the brim is mesh to keep my brain cool. Just dont' ask for a picture of me wearing it.