However the Australian influence on the trend is much the opposite with pieces being warn to fend off unwanted sun and stay cool. Beyond practicality of course, hats and other headwear worn the right way presents a truly stylish take.
The trend is spotted sea-side and pool-side with silk scarves in colourful prints complimenting swimwear plus serving as protection from sun and wind. McQueen's iconic skull print scarf is seen along-side Hermes' contemporary over-sized pieces in lashings of warm summer shades.
Meanwhile, the Spring Racing Carnival has seen a move away from fascinators and towards classic hats for women with wide brims and coloured bands. Helen Mirren certainly knows what she's doing! Even some brave men are taking to the trend with modern fedoras. Gone are the days of the floppy school-boy beanie!
On the men's headwear note, Billy Reid's Fall 2010 collection featured some re-imagined classic headwear pieces, taking suave to a whole new level!
The headwear season is upon us, an opportunity not to be missed!