Circles and ellipses please our eyes. Living in a sunny climate motivates people to use hats, and I find it to be a welcome practice, which enriches the décor of the street life. The style which dominates here , is a cream white straw hat with a black ribbon for men, while women’s models tend to be more wide ranging. A particularly delicious female “provencal” hat has a very shallow cup and broad rim, aimed at creating shade for working in the fields, but is rarely used nowadays.
A particularly celebrated hat wearing opportunity coincides with the tennis tournaments, commencing with the springtime Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, and culminating with the Roland Garros and Wimbledon (where hats will also protect you from the rain). I have a mixed relationship with hats, because they inhibit my natural tendency to shoot my cameras in the vertical mode by gripping them from above.