Some people, some women especially, prefer those wide floppy sunhats. You know, the kind of hats made of cloth or straw with a brim so broad it bounces when they move. These hats can be fairly expensive or very inexpensive - but either way, they sure do keep out the sun. Still, I have to admit they make me chuckle to myself a bit. They are hats for those who take their sun protection seriously and also want to express something of their own style. Perhaps worn by the more flamboyant folks among us.
Then there are golf-type hats, just a band with a big brim but no cap at all to cover the head. These naturally air-conditioned hats are for women and men who fancy themselves quite sporty, thank you. When they walk down the street, they feel cut from the same cloth as Michelle Wie or Phil Mickelson. Their golf handicaps may be a lot higher than Michelle or Phil, but they look like they're ready to play with the pros in the next open. At the opposite end of the spectrum are the caps worn by sports fans, mostly the observers of sport rather than the real or wannabe players. They may be guys, they may be women. They have one thing in common, though: they love their special team. I put myself in this category, wearing a baseball cap for the practical purpose of blocking the sun as well as to show my support for the Detroit Tigers. Born in Detroit, I'm a lifelong Tigers fan. I harbor no delusions about looking stylish in my hat, believe me, and I suspect most people in sports caps would say the same. Our hats deflect the sun and maybe hide a bad hair day as they announce to the world our sports loyalties. Nothing else. Many other varieties of sunhats can be found under the sunshine in Greater Fort Lauderdale, of course. Some people enjoy donning a fedora or an Indiana Jones hat or a hat made for tropical expeditions, constructed of sun-resistant material with a chin strap. As I said, look around sometime and you'll discover all sorts of sunhats worn by all sorts of human beings. Hats are a statement about how we see ourselves. My statement is, "Yeah, I probably look silly in this hat, but I don't especially care. As long as the Detroit Tigers are winning ball games, I'm happy." If you're a baseball fan, you will understand.