The straw boater
is ideal head cover for the summer season.
It is lightweight, made of stiff straw, with a fairly deep flat-topped crown,
a flat narrrow rim and adorned with a band.
(image from vam.ac.uk)
1890s, UK, designer unkown
Of British origins, boaters were once the hats issued to
midshipmen in the Royal Navy towards the end of the nineteenth century.
Boaters provided much needed sun protection during warmer clime.
During the Victorian era (1837 – 1901)
boaters were part of school uniforms and are still in evidence today
at many independent schools.
Boys at Harrow School
with boaters in hand
The boater became popular for the gentleman wearer
as a lighter option to the bowler.
By the early twentieth century, the straw boater had become
a bit fashion de rigueur for both men and women.
Worn at a picnic, at a tennis match, at the races-
the boater was symbol of summer time leisure activity.
(image from victoriana.com)
To a man in boater headwear
watching a tennis match
Accesorised in coordinated polka dots
a lady wears the boater, circa 1900s
For summer 2015
inject a touch of 19th century charm to a contemporary look-
accessorise with a straw boater:
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the straw boater
(image from catwalkyourserlf):