Under the Sun: The History and Ultimate Guide to Straw Hats

Under the Sun: The History and Ultimate Guide to Straw Hats

25 juillet, 2023

Rediscover the long, colorful history of straw hats this summer and get your hands on the perfect straw hat for your wardrobe today.


Straw hats have long been a staple fashion accessory, cherished for their functionality and timeless style.

As we embrace the warmth of summer, it's the perfect time to rediscover the historical significance and style versatility of straw hats. Join us as we journey through the fascinating history of straw hats and explore Brixton's timeless straw headwear collection.

Panama hats

The History of Straw Hats: A Walk Down Memory Lane

The name "straw hat" carries a rich historical legacy spanning centuries. Using straw in hat-making can be traced to ancient civilizations such as the Greeks and Romans, who used straw braids to create head coverings. However, it was during the 17th and 18th centuries that straw hats gained significant popularity. The straw was braided into intricate patterns, resulting in exquisite designs worn by both men and women to symbolize elegance and social status.

Throughout history, straw hats have been associated with various cultural icons and societies. In the 19th century, the Panama hat gained fame when President Theodore Roosevelt wore it during his visit to the Panama Canal. Straw boater hats became popular during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and were often worn by gentlemen for outdoor activities and summer events.

Straw Hats Through the Ages: A Timeless Fashion Statement

As fashion trends evolved, so did straw hats. They became more diverse in style and purpose, adapting to the needs and preferences of different eras. From the refined and structured top hats of the Victorian era to the wide-brimmed, floppy sun hats of the 1970s, straw hats have remained a timeless fashion statement.

Brixton's collection features examples of classic straw hat designs, showcasing our appreciation for craftsmanship and attention to detail. The El Paso and Harper Panama hats evoke the spirit of the American West with their wide brims and woven straw construction, reminiscent of the hats worn by cowboys and adventurers. While, for a touch of vintage charm, the Wesley fedora offers a sophisticated look with its structured crown and contrasting band, perfect as men’s dress straw hats for both formal and casual occasions.

Panama hats

Craftsmanship and Materials: The Making of a Straw Hat

Crafting a straw hat is a labor-intensive process that requires skill and precision. It begins with the careful selection of high-quality straw, such as toquilla straw, known for its flexibility and durability. The straw is then carefully woven or braided into intricate patterns, forming the foundation of the hat. The crown and brim are shaped, and the hat is finished with attention to detail, including the addition of bands, trims, and embellishments.

Brixton is renowned for its dedication to creating hats of exceptional quality. Each hat in our collection is meticulously crafted using tried-and-tested techniques that ensure durability and longevity.

Why Straw? The Advantages of the Straw Hat

One of the key benefits of straw hats is their breathability. The natural fibers of straw allow air to circulate, keeping your head cool even on the hottest of days.

The woven construction of straw provides strength and resilience, ensuring that your hat can withstand regular wear and tear. Whether you're exploring a bustling city or embarking on a countryside adventure, a straw hat is a reliable companion that will stand the test of time.

El Paso Straw Hat

Brixton's collection of straw hats embraces the advantages of straw as a material while incorporating unique features that enhance the overall experience, such as:

  • Premium straw materials
  • Time-tested weaving patterns and techniques
  • Ample sun protection
  • Snug, comfortable fit
  • Versatile styles

Finding Your Fit: A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Straw Hat

Choosing the perfect straw hat to suit your personality and style is an exciting process. Depending on your needs and preferences, there are a range of different hats that will likely suit you better than others. Here are a few tips to help you find your ideal match:

Consider the brim. Wider brims offer more shade from the sun making them great for the outdoors, while narrower brims exude a more contemporary look.

Evaluate the crown. The crown of a hat contributes to its overall shape and fit. Opt for a crown height that complements your face shape and personal style.

Pay attention to the details. Look for additional features such as decorative bands, ventilation holes, and adjustable straps to suit your needs.

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Brixton offers a diverse range of straw hats in different shapes that cater to various preferences. Whether you're drawn to a classic wide-brimmed Jo Rancher hat or the sleek and modern Marcos fedora, Brixton has a hat to suit your unique style.

Style Guide: How to Wear a Straw Hat

Straw hats are incredibly versatile accessories that can elevate any outfit. Here are a few styling ideas for different occasions:

Beach Chic: Pair our wide-brimmed Joanna sun straw hat with denim shorts, a tank top, and sandals for a laid-back beach look.

City Explorer: Combine our Messer straw fedora with a crisp white shirt, tailored shorts, and loafers for a sophisticated urban outfit.

Festival Goer: Team our Jo Rancher straw hat up with a floral sundress, ankle boots, and statement accessories for a bohemian-inspired festival look.

Whether you're strolling along the beach or attending a garden party, a great straw hat should be your go-to accessory. Its timeless appeal, combined with its practical benefits, makes it a must-have for any fashion-forward individual.

El Paso Straw Hat 2

Whether you're in search of straw sun hats for men or straw sun hats for women, step out with confidence and bask in the sun while exuding timeless elegance with one of Brixton’s popular straw hats. Browse our collection to find the perfect choice for you today.

25 juillet, 2023
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