A sun hat (also known as the harvest hat or field hat) is a head covering specifically designed to shade the face and shoulders from the sun. The sun hat incorporates a variety of materials and types, including the straw sun hat, pressed fiber sun hat, and the pith helmet (sun helmet). In modern times, sun hats are common in places around the world, mainly in holiday resorts residing in countries close to the Earth's equator. They are particularly useful in protecting against ultraviolet rays (UV). The style of a sun hat can range from small to large brims. However, as a general guideline, the brim is four to seven inches in width.
- International Hat Company. International Harvest Hat Company: A Brief History, 1917-1942 25th Anniversary Edition, St. Louis: International Hat Company, 1942, p. 3.
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