What’s the accessory of necessity for all Aussie kids? A sunhat, of course. From September to May, face-protecting fedoras and glare-blocking buckets are perched atop tiny heads at playgrounds and beaches across the country.
Any kid worth their Vegemite sandwich will have a growing collection of hats, and we’re happily spoiled for choice.
Among our favourite hatters is Acorn, a Melbourne-based company whose dedication to creating delectable, impeccably-made hats is admirable. Created out of Acorn founder Fiona’s desire to find a beautiful, soft winter hat for her daughter, Acorn has grown into a lovely little company that supports ethical production practices and local craftspeople. It lives by the beliefs that we should take care of ourselves and each other, and cuddle our children often. Words to live by, no?
From bucket hats to reversible wide-brimmed hats, trucker caps and old-fashioned boaters, Acorn has created a collection of sweet hats for spring/summer 2015. Take for example the baby pink Belle Visor Cap ($36.95), printed with glazed donuts and ice cream cones, two treats without which summer would be a total disaster.
Bucket and reversible hats for girls come in divine pastel and bright floral prints, perfect for welcoming spring. The colour palette includes shades of green, watery blue, pink and rockmelon, so you’re sure to find something to match any of your daughter’s sundresses.
For a departure from the regular cotton sunhat, there’s the Phoebe Fedora (below, $34.95) with its spotted headband. Add a pair of chambray shorts, bright sandals and a floaty peasant top, and your little girl will be best dressed at the summer Sunday markets.
There’s loads of variety in boys’ hats this season. Batman mask, pirate and car printed bucket hats abound, but the Tiger Bucket Hat ($36.95) is our
favourite. Orange and black stalking tigers are printed on a beige cotton, giving the hat a vintage feel, and it has a wide brim and handy chin strap to deter a toddler from ripping it off his head and ‘disappearing’ it, as toddlers are wont to do.
There’s also a trucker cap version of the tiger and the bats ($34.95), so older boys won’t have a leg to stand on when they announce that hats are uncool.
With their fine, untouched skin, babies especially need sun protection. Hats for babies have a few distinctly boy or girl prints – the cars and flowers, for example – but the rest are unisex stars and spots.
Acorn hats are available on the website, and they ship Australia wide for $6 flat, or for free for orders over $80.