Yes, I know, the 1970s are now the often-maligned decade that brought us dodgy celebrities and brown corduroy flares. It is hard to forgive such things. But one thing the 70s did know a thing or two about is sunstroke. How do you keep the sun off your overheating head? The 70s know. The 70s have it all figured out, and it has nothing to do with expensive sun cream or buying an overpriced straw hat from an itinerant beach salesman.
The answer is the knotted handkerchief. I didn’t believe it either, until I tried it for myself. By simply tying a knot in each corner of an ordinary handkerchief (or, for those of us who are not Kev and do not own real handkerchiefs because it’s the 21st century, a paper napkin, which is what I used), the hankie is formed into a rudimentary hat shape that is readily applied to the head and which stays quite securely on, even in a moderate breeze.
Plus, as you can see, it’s damned stylish.
Note: other 70s beach fashions, such as plastic windbreaks and flashing, are not to be encouraged, and this knotted hankie revival is not intended to be an endorsement of those ill-advised practices.