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post #61 of 68
Well I hate gardening but if I spent any time doing that nobody else would see me so style takes a back seat to function. There's a fella down my street cuts his own lawn wearing a Chinese coolie type conical straw hat. He's had skin lesions removed so needs to be careful.

The wind problem affects all hats to some extent. Not sure if there's a viable solution there. Some hats have that fishing wire thread which you use to attach to a button but I don't think that's the way to go.

I got a couple of panamas in different colours to the standard beige straw, on sale. Check out JJ's website and do a search for Graham, Bowery, Blair and Harlem styles for a Panama in a darker colour that might not show the dirt as easily!
post #62 of 68
"Panama in a darker colour that might not show the dirt as easily!"

Thats an idea - actually we have local simple rough straw hats that are low cost and that don't seem to get that dirty but they do fall apart over time... which is OK adds character..
post #63 of 68
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Originally Posted by Sam Hober View Post


Panamas are certainly beautiful and useful but I worry about the wind and how to clean them.

I love gardening and getting hats dirty at times is par for the course and the wind can easily blow light hats off to the horizon..

So am I missing something - can you easily clean a muddy Panama and do they stay on your head in the wind?

If not no problem I can save them for going out to lunch or social events.

Although my social events tend to involve large dogs and small children both come with mud at no extra charge.


You can clean Panamas with a damp sponge, but carefully. As for staying on in the wind, if the hat fits you, then it should stay on. I have had a hat stay on my head in extremely windy conditions, on a boat off the coast of Nice. I was surprised, but it stayed on my head. If the hat is too bag, it may well get blown off. Hard to say.

post #64 of 68

Bates Hats of Jermyn Street has a caramel-colored Panama (not a Montecristi or anything like that) called "Antibes" that is excellent. I've been wearing one all summer and I like the darker color. It's also woven from a coarser straw than fine Montecristis and so is less affected by a breeze.

post #65 of 68
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Bates Hats of Jermyn Street has a caramel-colored Panama (not a Montecristi or anything like that) called "Antibes" that is excellent. I've been wearing one all summer and I like the darker color. It's also woven from a coarser straw than fine Montecristis and so is less affected by a breeze.

Some very beautiful hats on that website - thank you for the suggestion.
post #66 of 68
The cheaper and less tightly woven Panamas are a better long term prospect than Montes simply because they can take the wear and tear and even light showers don't wreck them.

I had a Monte I wore on Melbourne Cup day once and typically it rained/showered a little and the hat was basically ruined and need a reblocking which you would be hard put to find Down Under.

I bought a very nice quality Panama with a woven edge for USD60 in summer in JosA Bank in NYC on holidays. Nice hatband too and has had a lot of use already this Spring.
post #67 of 68
post #68 of 68

I wear a hat most days and have never experienced "hate for hats". Indeed. many ladies have come up to me and complimented me on the hat I was wearing. Admittedly a lot of them had walking frames and probably flashed back to their father but still...

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