Travel theme: Hats

I’ve never considered myself a slave to fashion; to be honest I delight in being quirkily unfashionable; shabby chic and more often than not, just shabby. As I was writing that last sentence I took a quick glance at what I was wearing and realized my socks don’t match. I’ve worn white after Labor Day which is apparently a crime against fashion in the US – nobody knows exactly when the rules were imposed or by whom, but I have an image in my head of a group of bored socialites with nothing better to do, deciding on a whim that ‘thou shalt only wear white between Memorial Day and Labor Day’. Coco Chanel bucked the trend, flouncing around in white whenever she pleased, so I figure I can too.

Another of those strange fashion rules concerns hats. Although there are slight regional variations around the US, today, May 15th, is recognized as the official Straw Hat Day. It is time to stash your winter felt hat away and break out your boater. So to celebrate Straw Hat Day, I decided to have a shuffle through my travel shots to see what hats I could find. Here’s a rather steely Viking hat ‘o war from the Brian Ború celebrations in Killaloe, County Clare.

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The Muffler Man in Amarillo, Texas, doffing his cowboy hat at everyone who passes by on Route 66.

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The Master of Ceremonies wearing a rainbow cap, celebrating Wren Day in Sandymount, Ireland.

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And finally, a fabulous straw hat-wearing boater out on the waters of Lake Atitlán.

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Aren’t hats fabulous? I think the world would be a much better place if we all wore hats more often. Are you ready to throw your hat into the ring with your own interpretation of this week’s theme? If you would like to join in (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Hats
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
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xxx Ailsa

Cock your hat, angles are attitudes. – Frank Sinatra

How a hat makes you feel is what a hat is all about. – Philip Treacy

About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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126 Responses to Travel theme: Hats

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  2. HI Ailsa,
    Thanks for another great challenge! Here is my response:

  3. aj vosse says:

    Tell you what! Ain’t I glad you doffed yer hat to the socialists!! Please wear white (or blue) whenever you so desire!! 😉

  4. Holly says:

    i’m hopelessly unfashionable if socks matching means i’m shabby. i’m guilty of NEVER having matching socks!

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  8. mickscogs says:

    Love hats Ailsa; they are a necessity for me these days. I know I have other hat shots but sadly I am time poor.

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  10. Ah, thanks for the song, Ailsa! Now I’ve got Joe Cocker’s You can leave your hat on firmly imprinted in my brains LOL. Love the photo of the straw-hat-wearing boater. And the helmet!
    My take on this week’s theme turned out to be quite serious. Here it is:
    Have a worry-free weekend, my dear.

  11. A fun challenge. Will see what I can find.

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  13. This was a fun theme, Ailsa. I’m a fan of hats and love to photograph them. Here is my entry:

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  15. Ben says:

    Ailsa, do you have a favorite hat you carry with you?

    Quick profile of a hat I inherited likely with a longer travel history than me.

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  17. smkelly8 says:

    I can’t carry off most hats, but love the ones on Masterpiece, e.g. Mr. Selfridge. Why can’t modern folk do hats the way those way back when?

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  24. Ulrike says:

    Great theme! My contribution this time comes from Hongkong:

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  30. Wonderful challenge, Ailsa. I’m sorry I may not find time to do this one, as we’re preparing to leave on our travels very shortly. 😕

  31. lexklein says:

    Fun idea! I’m hoping to find time to get back on my blog soon, and this might get me moving! And for the record, the wearing-white rule is no longer a thing in most quarters! My mother was/is an etiquette freak and even she has stopped following this “rule!”

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  35. Cee Neuner says:

    Your hats are marvelous.
    Here is my entry for this week.

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