If the hat fits …
In the rain or in the sunshine, whether at work or at play, Hong Kongers and their headgear make a pretty diverse bunch. Rarely just a fashionable accessory, a good chapeau is often a purpose-serving essential for those on the go. From the wide-brimmed sunshade to bandana-wrapped chic. From smoking chefs to bags on heads. The headgear we sport is often not so much worn as a matter of choice, but out of necessity and consideration for the things that we do.
We could even go as far as to say that we wear on our heads defines, in some way, who we are. You could no more imagine our shrimp griller wearing a fluffy new year drum number than you could the girls wearing plastic bags; or our chef swapping hats with our fisherman. If we were to play a game of ‘match the person match the hat’, I wouldn’t have thought it would be too tricky.
The wet market has once again proven itself prime portrait territory, particularly during the rainy summer, when you were nothing if you didn’t have some strategically placed polythene in some way keeping you dry, or at least less wet. There are also Sai Kung seafood sellers and New Year celebrators; happy maids and handsome chefs. Not to mention the Chinese tourist in a spot of bother during Typhoon Usagi. All sporting their various hats and headwear (or not) in fine Hong Kong style.
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