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How to Wear a Panama Hat


Wearing a Panama hat signifies true style and authenticity, however knowing how to wear one to its truest potential is quite something else. With its Stetson like appearance the Panama commands attention wherever it is worn and is seemingly popular amongst both the ladies and the gents of all generations. Woven by hand they maintain their unique shape by moisture and pressure, this helps to mould the perfect fit for any lover of the head piece. Ideal for anybody who places a high value on style and quality the Panama boasts a timeless and classical taste and is worn by many different cultures across the globe.

Ladies Panama Hat

Despite their name the hat is originally made in Ecuador, not Panama. It dates back to as far as the 1850’s when they were very much worn as an accessory to compliment most gentleman’s formal wear. Worn by Presidents, Artists and most Politicians, the Panama is viewed as an iconic fashion accessory to this very day and it certainly makes a bold statement. Remembering Robert Redford in The Great Gatsby reminds us that the Panama is most probably best worn alongside a dapper gentleman’s suit, however lest we forget how glamourous the ladies look wearing a simple cotton dress in this timeless classic.

The Panama looks fantastic during the summer and you may wonder what to dress it with whilst deciding your daily attire. Wearing a simple cotton dress with a fine knit cardigan along with a chunky pair of canvas trainers is the perfect outfit idea for many of the ladies this season. Adding a Panama with a ribbon trim colour of your choice is the ideal way to complete this simple, yet classy look. A beige, white or even brown Panama hat can be paired with literally any style and colour and can be worn for almost any occasion.

Men's Panama Hat

If you are new to hats you may feel that the Panama is a big step when it comes to developing your fashion tastes, sunglasses can often help to build your confidence until to get used to your new fashion accessory. Long hair is also a great way to give your Panama its best look, long blonde, red or Brunette locks flowing beneath it, only adds to its class.

For the gents wanting to look their best this season, a simple pair of cotton shorts and a polo shirt paired with our lovely Cayton deck shoes look simply delectable finished with a beautiful Navy or Khaki trim Panama hat. It is more than safe to say that the item is suitable for all ages and even Grandpa looks the part in a short sleeved checked shirt and chinos sporting his at the beach.

From BBQ’s right down to the local cricket match, the Panama hat instantly finds it place in any social setting and its adaptable shape allows you to simply withdraw it and fold it away as and when needed. For those much-loved sunny days, the Panama even looks classy on a sun packed holiday. Try to experiment a little and see what you like. Gold and olive swimwear are a fantastic combination for the Panama, pair with your favourite bikini or swimming trunks for a truly retro look. With lock down restrictions finally easing fashion will soon be the forefront of public attention again and it is important to get your style on par with the best of the best, and what better way to do it than with a classical straw head piece.

A must for your beach bag or the dashboard of your car, the Panama hat is light, versatile and does not pose too many problems if you are not wearing it whilst you are out and about.  Most associated with the wealthier members of society, the Panama has become very affordable and can now be more commonly seen being worn by most social classes.

Ladies Cream Panama Hat

Here at Rydale, we have a variety of colours, styles and brim widths to choose from. For any lady, one of the most annoying parts of the British weather is often seeing your hair flying all over the place, choosing a hat that fits well is essential. Just like any item of clothing we wear, a Panama hat will look best when it fits properly.

The hat should fit comfortably on your head without having to press hard. That said, it shouldn’t move around or feel loose, either. Measuring the crown circumference, as well as the crown height and brim width are all essential when buying a Panama hat. 

Of course, if you have any questions regarding How to Wear a Panama Hat then please do not hesitate to contact out friendly customer care team and we will be happy to help and advise. Make sure you also check out the full range of our our stunning men's panama hats and ladies panama hats from Rydale. So, what are you waiting for? Go and explore all our sun hats and find the perfect one to suit your style preferences and practical requirements.


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