There is nothing like putting a hat on your head to bring

a smile to your face, as

Holly Davies discovered when she took the best of the summer's straw hats on to the streets of London and tried them on a few passers-by.

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Sanam Moshar, 25, banker - 'I wear large-brimmed straw hats in the summer to keep the sun off my face, and black berets in the winter' - wears 'Landau' straw hat, pounds 540, from 36 Great Queen Street, London WC2

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Mrs Donaldson, 53, housewife - 'I love hats, and buy them for my daughters' - wears blue straw hat with net and floral trim, pounds 150, at Kangol, from Harrods, Knightsbridge, London SW1


Alison Eames, 32, office manager - 'I never wear hats, although someone told me that they suit me' - wears stripy straw hat, pounds 32, from Dickins and Jones, Regent Street, London W1


Sue Faccini, 48, administrative assistant - 'I wear hats to weddings and christenings, but if I wore one to work people would think I was mad' - wears purple straw hat with navy net and flower arrangement, pounds 120, by Philip Treacy for Debenhams, from Debenhams, 334-338 Oxford Street, London W1


Hannah Winbolt-Lewis, 19, studying TV and film - 'I normally wear a Kangol black cap, back to front' - wears pink cap, pounds 95, from address as above


Pat Pratley, 53, IT project manager - 'I wear hats to weddings, but feel it's inappropriate to wear one every day' - wears apple green sinamay straw hat, pounds 450, from Swaine Adeney and Brigg, 10 Old Bond Street, London W1


Claire Shalet, 26 who works in investment sales (left of picture, with Belinda Salmon) - 'I wear squashy velvet hats in the winter' - wears blonde straw trilby, pounds 300, from 69 Elizabeth Street, London SW1


Belinda Salmon, 26, publications designer (pictured with Clare Shalet) - 'I wear a straw panama in the summer, a black charleston style in the winter and baseball caps all the time' - wears lilac straw hat, pounds 155, 20 Altrincham Road, Winslow, Cheshire (enquiries and mail order, 01625- 535365)


Chris C, 52, carer - 'I've never worn a hat in my life' - wears black straw hat with multicoloured bobbles, pounds 145, from address as above