I’ve always loved to find vintage beach hats and this one really caught my eye. The style of this 1940s straw beach hat is often referred to as a Coolie hat or an Asian inspired conical hat. Although today, the term “coolie” is thought to be derogatory by some, please note that this seller in no way intends for it to be disparaging to anyone. It was the term that was used in the 40s to describe this style of hat, so I will mention it as it relates to fashion history of that era. This vintage hat is made from interesting bands of straw. Mostly made from natural straw, some of the bands have been colored for a nice effect. Green, red and yellow bands give a bright and sunny appearance to this conical shaped hat. Attached to the top of the hat is a sassy little natural straw detail. This strip of natural straw creates a loop on the left side of the hat. The inside of the hat has fitted cap and there is an elastic band that’s attached to the inside of the hat to help secure it to the wearer’s head. This elastic amazingly does still have a bit of stretch. When this hat is being worn it looks particularly nice when it’s slightly tilted to one side. I’m always pleasantly surprised that these little straw treasures have survived so many decades and are still in good and wearable condition. They actually must have been rather well made to have stood the test of time.
Condition: Very Good
There is no damage to the straw. As mentioned, the elastic cord on the inside of the hat still does have some spring. Maybe not as much as when it was new, but it does seem to fulfill it’s purpose of holding the hat in place on the head.
Label: None Present
Size: None Present
From Top of Crown to Bottom of Hat Taken at Front: 8 1/2”
Outer Circumference of Brim: 45”
Total Circumference of Inner Straw Cap: 19”
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Vintage 1940s Straw Beach Hat Sunhat Asian Inspired