Best Straw Hats for Men
As the temperature rises, getting creative with your sun protection becomes an important part of being a stylish man all year round. Straw hats can seem like a difficult thing to style, but that is far from the truth.
There are so many different styles and colors that you will surely find a straw hat to work into your own wardrobe. They do require some specific care so keep on reading to make sure your straw hats stay in great condition.
Straw hat styles
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A great style to go for if you’re new to wearing hats, this hat originated from Ecuador and received its name because shipments would sail through the Panama Canal. This hat works well with any casual beach outfit and looks great paired with white.
A more niche style of hat, this can be paired well with a light-weight blazer or a button up shirt. It is a slightly more formal silhouette and looks best with a more formal aesthetic.
This hat is essentially the Panama hat, but with more flair. An iconic style of the 1920s, now very popular with those who prefer a more unique look.
This hat brings all the essence of a day at the beach. This is an option that will help accentuate the summer tones of your outfit. Great to wear with tan chinos and a floral button-up over a white tank top.
This is not a style for everyone, but if you’re into it then it’s a great option. Providing more sun shade than the smaller styles of straw hats, this “loud” design is going to get you noticed for all the right reasons.
Where to buy straw hats
Offering handmade hats from independent designers, Etsy is a handcrafted items marketplace where you can get a hat of almost any style from a variety of stores. The prices range from low to high. The great thing about this site is that you can generally get your hat made in a personalized way.
If you’re not set on your style yet, you can get very cheap hats from Aliexpress. They do offer a great range of hats, but the quality is lower, and they don’t really clarify what types of straw/materials are used.
A better-quality provider of straw hats in a mid-range of pricing. They provide detailed descriptions of the hats and materials.
SCALA Ribbon Straw Boater
This hat is constructed from 100% Laichow straw and features a grosgrain hat band with a bow. It is available in sizes from SM – XXL, costing around $60.
Bailey of Hollywood Mannes
For a more casual look, this hat comes in a variety of colors and sizes. Made from 55% paper and 45% polyester. Costing around $60, affordable and versatile.
Amazon offers a great range of affordable hats with many different styles and colors. You can find a lot of “functional” hats that have large brims and chin straps here.
Higher quality and higher prices, this site offers a range of very stylish hats. Each hat has its own unique flare.
Make sure to check out their sale items section where you can find discount up to 70% off, and be sure to act quick as the good-looking one tends to be sold out fairly quickly.
Guanabana Wide-brimmed Straw Hat
This classy hat is in a bright beige and is hand-made in South America. For around $160, this luxurious hat features a stylish black grosgrain hat band.
Borsalino Quito Straw Panama Hat
Featuring a narrow brim in a classic Panama style, this hat costs just around $200. It is made in Ecuador and features a black hat band with a subtle woven gold label.
How to clean straw hats
Once you’ve decided on which style works best for you, then you want to be sure to take care of it properly, so it stays looking fresh and clean.
Before you do anything to your hat, be sure to read the tag for care instructions. Most straw hats can’t be wet completely so be very cautious when proceeding with cleaning.
Essentially, you want to be dusting off your hat and giving it a gentle spot-clean after every wear. Use a gentle bristle brush to dust around the top and inside. Once you’ve done that, get a bowl of warm, soapy water and a clean cloth to wipe away any marks.
Also, clean around the inside rim to remove any sweat and grime. After this, get another clean cloth and dampen it with water (without soap) and remove any soapy residue.
If you have any stubborn scuff marks you can try a rubber eraser to gently remove them.
How to reshape straw hats
If for some reason, your hat gets bent out of shape, there is a way to try and correct it. Getting a pot of boiling water, if you don’t have a garment steamer, and hold your hat over the top while molding the brim back into shape.
If the top of the hat is more the issue, you can dampen a small towel and place it on a clean table in the shape you want. Then place the hat on top securely. Leave it there for 10 minutes and let it dry completely before storing it.
How to store straw hats
Due to the nature of straw, it is important to store your straw hat correctly. Once you’ve worn and cleaned your hat, set it upside down in a closet, or in a hat box. Anywhere that is cool, dry and dark. If you can, get a head mannequin to ensure the brim and rim keep their shape when not being worn.
How to wear straw hats
Mostly any style of straw hats will look best with a more casual outfit. Generally best with light-colored chinos and a button up shirt that is a bright or light color.
If you have a slightly more formal event, a light-weight blazer and the Trilby or Panama hat can be made more formal. The Boater always looks best in more formal attire.
The fedora, with its more unique style, can be paired with a more eye-catching shirt. Try to experiment with darker tones and patterns such as stripes.
Lastly, if the cowboy hat is your thing, wear this hat with denim and solid colored t-shirts.