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Ah, novelty hats- one of the best available ways to give people that the impression that you are a member of a bizarre cult or have just broken out of a maximum security psychiatric hospital. Pams' novelty umbrella hat holds up this tradition admirably, making the wearer feel a bit like a mad scientist or an extra from the film adaptation of Jules Verne's 'Fourty Days Around the World', although despite looking crazy, its actually a pretty practical piece of headwear for scorching summer days, as it provides protection not just of the head and neck but also the shoulders and even upper arms (should the sun be right above you), making it ideal for sitting around in the sun, reading in a chair for example.
There are myriad problems with the hat however. First of all, it singles you out as something of a dork, but if worn in a silly spirit then it can raise quite a few laughs and smirks, but more damagingly the hats radius (it comes out past the shoulders), whilst good for keeping you in the shade, means that you are likely to prod and irritate people sitting/standing next to you should you attempt to wear it at a cricket match/football game/ festival, which is obviously far from ideal.
The hat is just a basic umbrella, with nice, bright, blue/white/red segments, attached to an adjustable plastic band worn around the user's head, in much the same fashion as the internal plastic bands found in workmen's helmets. Its reasonably comfortable at first, though can become a little uncomrotable after wearing it for hours in the sweltering heat, thugh its a reasonable trade-off for the amount of shade it provides. Its pretty good for a fiver, and worth investing in if you dont mind looking like a prat and dont intend on standing/sitting shoulder to shoulder to others whilst wearing it, although Id advise against wearing it in high winds or you might end up being carried along by it and thus looking like an even bigger idiot in the process.
Mmm, just imagine impressing all your friends by wearing this to the next dinner party. Or maybe one to wear out at the races, or to the Chelsea Flower Show. Yes, it's the completely ridiculous umbrella hat. Carrying an umbrella is such an inconvenience and really weighs the hand down, so now you can just strap it straight to the head.
The hat will cost you just under the five pound mark, making it cheaper than a lot of umbrellas and hats put together; two birds killed with one stone. The design is a delightful striped affair with the colours of the Union Jack, that way everyone will know you're British. The straps sit on the forehead, so it shouldn't interfere with your hair too much, making it ideal for men and women.
You might like to wear it to work, when it is tipping down, or maybe use it to deflect the sun in the summer. Perhaps you could use it while in the shower, to avoid getting the hair wet. The possibilities are endless. The item is clearly at the forefront of fashion, as most people I know have one. Okay enough of the sarcasm now. Seriously, this is just hideous. It might provide a few moments of hilarity, but then what, you're clearly not going to wear it out and if you did you would be beaten up. I would save the five quid and buy a bag of chips.
The man in the photo looks thrilled to be wearing it, but don't be sucked in. Normal umbrellas are just as effective, so stick with them. I would advise only buying for the sort of friend who finds those wind up grannies funny. Available to buy online, just don't hurry to get one.
Very funny umbrella hat, a great hat to wear whilst watching the cricket. Also very useful for keeping your head in the shade.