As April comes to an end, the same is also true for many a college student's academic career. It's nearly graduation time, and that means giving up the dorm and entering the working world with a nice little degree hanging on your wall, as well as possibly a nice gift or two from family members that will come in handy. You know, like a car, maybe some money; stuff like that.
When my dad graduated from college nearly 40 years ago, his academic efforts were recognized with a class ring, a diploma and--I kid you not--an umbrella hat. How do I know? Because he still had it oh-so-many years later, wearing it with his suit as he headed off to work on drizzly days.
Looking back on it now, that might have been the point from where I became drawn to wacky hats. The reason I say "might" is because there's too much evidence of my being nearly embarrassed to death by my dad wearing that hat to make that claim stick. But while I did not die, it certainly did prepare me for some of the hats I've come across in my later years.
So without further ado, let's get to the umbrella hats, shall we?
Why wear an umbrella hat to a LAN party? Why not?
Of course, you don't have to go with a classic umbrella shape, as this froggy one proves (and rather cutely, I might add.)
One would think that it would be hard to sell umbrella hats on a sunny day, but as evidenced by this photo, that thought would be wrong.
This one seems to be a bit more on the functional side as opposed to being simply a novelty item. Seriously; he's got about as much coverage as he would have had with a regular umbrella, but it's a hat.
Speaking of embarrassing things, just be cautious of the dreaded umbrella hat blowout. Especially if you're wearing one at a fashion show, and you happen to be on the catwalk at the time.
How high do they have the wind machines set at those things, anyway?
*If you get the Rhianna song stuck in your head, that is so not even my fault.