The Hat Trick – 2nd Base – ASIAN

The Asian conical rice straw hat is a classic. Its area of use is all Central and Eastern Asia, with little variations in style and materials. It was used mainly in the fields by farmers but afterwards adopted by the vast majority of commoners for daily protection from the elements.

The hat I choose for this photo session is a nón lá, the Vietnamese version of the hat, maybe the best known version of this item. The reason is pretty simple, the 80’s and 90’s blockbusters were very much focused on the Vietnam war, so you would see “nón lá” hats everywhere.

Usually the hat comes with a chin strap that keeps it on in windy or moving conditions. The strap is generally made of a piece of cloth or silk. I preferred not to use it because it went better with the simple linen Asian inspired top.


[1] Change the color and fabric of the strap in order to adapt it to the color you decide to wear.

[2] This type of hat goes extremely well with silk and silk-like fabrics and with extreme lengths like mini or maxi skirts and dresses.

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Photo: biLoo Photography

Make-up: Andreea Kiaari

Hair-style: Antonela Cocean

Clothes and Styling: Black Diamonds Design

Model: Oana Slimac