Did you know that a third of the heat we lose from our body escapes from our heads? This is why wearing some sort of hat in cold weather is a really good idea.
The current trend for young people is to wear baseball caps and beanies. Beanies are often made of a wool / acrylic type material and are good at keeping your head warm whilst at the same time making a fashion statement. Caps are not usually worn for their insulating properties, but for either sun protection, to show membership of a team (such as F1) or as a fashion item. Many young people wear them back to front for this latter purpose.
It seems that for every day wear, the hat is only worn by the young (beanies and caps) and the old (wool flat caps and trilbies for men and wooly knitted hats for ladies).
Ladies normally only wear the grander decorative hats for special occasions, including going to the races and weddings. This is a far cry from the past - at the start of the 20th century, a lady would not leave the house without wearing a hat.
The wearing of hats for ladies started to decline during the second world war - it just wasn't practical when you had to drop everything and dash to an air raid shelter - and has never regained its former importance.
Hats bought today for special occasions can cost a few hundred pounds, so it can be an idea to hire one if you are not going to get much wear out of it. An alternative would be to buy one second hand.
Popular hat styles for ladies attending a wedding or the races include: