Where is your HAT? Historical evidence has shown that even primitive man covered his head for protection against the elements.
Throughout early Egyptian, Roman and Greek times, the hat was worn as a mark of rank. It is known that the nomadic tribes of Asia who used felted sheep's wool for making tents, clothing, covered his head with the same material.
One of the first hats to be depicted was found in a tomb painting at Thebes and shows a man wearing a coolie-straw hat. one of the uses in headwear was in the Roman 'petasus' a narrow brimmed skull-cap which was the general head covering of the populace. Slaves were not permitted to wear it, unless they were ceremoniously set free and then they were presented with it by his owner as a recognition that he was a free man.
Men's hats continued to make a symbolic statement. the most notable being the formal tall stiff top hat representing the authority of the aristocracy and those who were involved in the professions of trades.
To this day top hats and bowler hats continue to be worn for formal dress.
The derby hat was invented by William Bowler he noticed it was being worn at active sports, English Derby race and therefore became known as the Derby.
Panamas and soft hats became popular head attire from the mid 1800s. A panama hat is a traditional brimmed hat of Ecuadorian origin that is made from the plaited leaves of the toquilla straw plant. Panama hats are often seen as accessories to summer-weight suits. They are usually preferred over felt hats in such climates as the Panama canal region for their light colored, light weight, and breathable material.
Companies, such as Dobbs, Stetson and Cavanaugh, now produce more Panama styled hats than felt hats, such as fedoras or bowlers.
Today a hat-maker makes hats for men and a milliner makes hats for a women. The famous Coco Chanel started out just making hats before she made the little black dress famous. Many of the ladies hats featured feathers and dyed flower arrangements, they were called plumassiers. Plumes have always been a status symbol and a sign of economic stability.
Both men and women changed their part in in hat wearing due to their activities and everyday life changes. The large Merry-widow hat with all of its plumes and feathers had to give way to the smaller hats when the automobile came into their lives. Many ladies found it difficult to hold onto their hats and brace themselves for that bumpy road ahead.
The events of two wars also dramatically took its toll on the wearing of hats. Many women took the jobs that men once held. Tying their hair back with a colorful scarf or more stylish turban came into a necessary fashion.
Today's man is seldom seen in any other hat than a baseball hat and women seldom bother wearing one at all.
Maybe we should return to those days of big hats? The reason being that statistics show that the high rate of skin cancer is alarming. Sure we are now warned and aware of the exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Much of the damage to DNA in skin cells results from ultraviolet radiation found in not only sunlight but commercial tanning lamps and tanning beds.
Having less pigment (melanin) in your skin provides less protection from damaging UV radiation. If you have blond or red hair, light colored eyes, and you freckle or sunburn easily, you're much more likely to develop skin cancer than a person with darker features.
A History Of Sunburns:
Every time you get sunburned damage, your skin cells and increase your risk of developing skin cancer. After a sunburn, your body works to repair the damage. Having multiple blistering sunburns as a child or teenager increased your risk of developing skin cancer as an adult. Sunburns in adulthood also are risk factor.
The risk of developing skin cancer increases with age, primarily because many skin cancers develop slowly. The damage that occurs during childhood or adolescence may not become apparent until middle age. Still, skin cancer isn't limited to older people. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are increasing fastest among women younger than 40.
Wear protective clothing:
Sunscreens don't provide complete protection from UV rays. That's why it's a good idea to also wear dark, tightly woven clothing that covers your arms and legs, and a broad-brimmed hat, which provides more protection than a baseball cap or a visor does.
Yes my friends maybe it's time to bring back the HAT. Oh! I know some will say---"But I don't look good in a hat," I say to you vanity is a small price to pay next to the doctor saying the word SKIN CANCER.