My girlfriend actually tried to pull this off, but felt she looked a little too Madeleine. You see plenty of boaters at the Governer’s Island Jazz Age ball (apologies if that’s not quite the name). Not sure it could make the transition to everyday wear.
I might rock that poolside or at the beach out in Shelter Island this summer. I think dressed down would be the way to go. Cut off chinos, a border tee
and flip flops. Look for me at Sunset beach with the wife and kids. Holler!
No chance. Pure costume. Last time I wore a boater was at Henley in the 1980s and early ’90s, and when I wasn’t actually rowing of course, and only when I was almost completely drunk. I have the photos to prove it. Forget about the boater; let’s bring back the striped rowing blazer first.
It irks me to see this hat called a “boater.” I believe its original name was the 42nd St. Skimmer or Skimmer for short. As for a summer trend, I don’t know as the skimmer is a hard hat to pull off. Just ask Birdie Wooster.
I feel it’s one of those item’s which crosses the line between dressed up and dressing-up.
Straw wise, a panama is acceptable and almost anything else will make you look like a twat.
I direct you to Mr. Pooter and his straw helmet.
“August 16.—Lupin positively refused to walk down the Parade with me because I was wearing my new straw helmet with my frock-coat. I don’t know what the boy is coming to.”
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A delightful selection of images. I love nothing more than settling down with a cup of tea whilst pouring over the images of The Library of Congress. I would love to see this prediction come true but unfortunately I see the return of the boater as consisting of antinque boaters gracing bookshelves.
As I already mentioned uin a separate e-mail to you, I never imagined myself being a style icon or being ‘ahead of the curve’, but when I bought a new (replacement) boater last summer, little did I realise how ahead of my time I was.
you should’ve been at the manhattan vintage show yesterday; so many beautiful boaters. the best find was an italian made brooks boater with a navy and red ribbon, and only $95. sadly i still didn’t have that but such a deal.