Straw hats are one of those clothing items that have existed for so long that it is nearly impossible to pin-point their earliest uses (well, with the archaeological technology we have now, anyway). They can be made using grass or reeds, which is plentiful in nearly every human-occupied biome, and are a fantastic adaptation for dealing with the sun since they provide shade and allow for breezes to cool your scalp.
Even more interestingly, the shape of the hat in the past is pretty much the same as the floppy wide-brimmed hats you see at beaches or hovering over mint juleps in Louisville during derby season; like it’s pan-Asian cousin, the European straw hat has kept an iconic shape throughout the centuries. They were used amongst all classes; the peasants wore them, certainly, but so did nobles when out of doors.
It can be difficult to immerse yourself when you see clothing you associate with modern times, but firstly, old doesn’t always mean different, and secondly, straw hats will keep you cool when it’s hot and sunny out, and that is very important.
Ladies Wide Large Brim Summer Beach Sun hat Straw Beige via Shop Hot Punk. Straw. Ships to most countries. $9 USD