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    Beach hat for vacation?

    Mexico beach vacation in a week and got to wondering if I need a hat. Will primarily be at pool and beach. I’m not a hat guy and haven’t worn one since my junior year of college 16-17 years ago. I’ll be a swimsuit most of the time or least when I might hypothetically ‘need’ a hat.

    I have a full head of hair, so I’m not worried about my head getting burned in the first five minutes. If I were to get a hat, I likely would not wear it at home regardless, so I’m not concerned about the reuse rate. At the same, I don’t want to be “that guy” and fail in an attempt to get a non baseball style hat. With that said, is something like this stupid? https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07G5TQH1R...ing=UTF8&psc=1 Is that a “that guy” hat?

    Other suggestions for similar or non-similar hats? I’m open to all styles that Dappered might approve of. Also open to the idea that I don’t need a hat and trying to find one being stupid.

    I leave in a week, so any options would need to be able arrive by Tuesday. This Charlie Fedora kind of caught my eye - https://www.tilley.com/us_en/men/sho...h-leisure.html - but out of stock.
    Last edited by Pesape; June 20th, 2019 at 08:19 AM. Reason: Edit for clarity - meant to say I would NOT wear a hat at home

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    I wear a fedora ony vacations. Just enough brim to cover my ears. I want to get a Panama like you linked but I personally wouldn't wear it at home much so I have held off. This year it might happen though. I don't care about being that guy on vacay.


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    At least when we did the Mexico all inclusive vacations I brought a baseball cap I didn’t care about. It would get wet by the pool. Salt water if I wore it into the ocean. Etc.

    To me it was about functionality at that point and I wouldn’t want to get a nicer hat all wet etc.

    I think the amazon hat looked nice. Just depends your level of care if it gets wet etc.

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    Wear a baseball hat or you look like the weird tourist guy in a Fedora. Fedoras make you look old. Freddy Krueger wears a Fedora, Hannibal Lecter wears a panama hat. Don't be those guys. I live in a beach town, trust me.

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    To that point, I buy my vacation hats at places like tjmaxx, Nordstrom rack, Burlington for factory, etc and treat them as disposable. I wear them in the pool and everything. The most damage any of them have received has actually been during the actual travel.


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    IMO a Panama hat is something you wear with a breezy linen suit, not with a t-shirt and swim trunks.

    That said, function over form for a beach vacation. A broad-brimmed hat is far better than just a baseball cap as it protects more of your face, ears, and neck from the sun as well as protecting your eyes from peripheral sunlight.

    I rarely go to "the beach" but here at the lake or on the river I usually wear an unstylish Tilley hat for maximum sun protection. They may look cheesy but a Panama, bucket hat, cowboy hat, whatever is probably the practical choice.
    Last edited by LesserBlackDog; June 20th, 2019 at 11:54 AM.
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    I agree with LBD. While not fashionable, function over form for the sun. While you may be "that guy" with a hat, you won't be "that other guy" who is sun burnt all to hell.

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    if the amazon fedora is in your size, grab it up. that's a good price on a hat that will still be stylish but whose demise wouldn't be mourned like an ultrafino.

    sadly i'm a 7-5/8 so i had to snag a more aspensive model for our trip up to Boston.

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    Grab the Amazon fedora. It's a vacation. Relax. Enjoy yourself. Holidays, and beach holidays in particular are a time to just take it easy and wear something that you might not wear in your 'regular' life.

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    FWIW, if you can I would try to buy a hat in-person. Hats are like glasses in that how they look on you is almost completely dependent on how the size/shape complements the size/shape of your face, so it can be really difficult to shop for them online.
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