Since December 15th 2007 wearing helmets has been compulsory. At first the choices of helmets was fairly limited. This weekend I was at Hard Hat Corner on Le Lai to replace my cracked helmet and was overjoyed to see that fashion has reached the helmet market so quickly.
Prior to the new law people often wore wide brimmed hats to keep the sun off their faces while driving. There's no need to stop that even though you're wearing a helmet. The inventive Vietnamese have come up with a compromise in the form of the Helmet Skirt!
Fashionable and functional with a shiny green bow too.
For the girl seeking a bit of Barbie style.
Not seen one to suit yet?
Something a little more classy?
I was quite taken by the brown plush covered one in the middle, it has a look of the horse riding helmet about it. It was too large though so I had to pass on it.
Something for the gentleman, a lightly themed military helmet.
The goggles are shiny plastic and opaque so only there to fulfill the fashion needs of the wearer.
Or the more rugged helmet skirt for the man about town. Helmet kilt perhaps?
There are other helmet variations I've yet to capture:
The hand painted helmet, the ones with crystals glued to it, the decal salespeople who seem to specialise in Winnie the Pooh decorations for helmets, the helmet with a rigid brim or built in skirt, the giant baseball cap skip, the matching bike and helmet combo with decals in the same theme and the full helmet hat cosy.
Then there are the wearing styles. Helmet with hat underneath and for me, the holy grail, helmet with hat underneath and cone hat on top, seen twice but never when I had a camera with me.
I'll keep searching.