The Boater hat, is an accessory that has been admired throughout the last hundred and fifty years in fashion history as a piece that is charming for leisure wear for both men and women. My first glimpse of such a millinery style came in 2004 with the flirty hit HBO sitcom, Sex in the City where the always fashion-forward, Carrie Bradshaw arrived in Paris wearing a Chanel hat – which oddly enough resembles the shape of a traditional boater.
This classic style has a flat crown and often showcases a small-medium brim, and is usually made of woven straw. However, it can also be made from other chic materials such as lace, raffia or even canvas. Today’s style, The Beaded Boater courtesy of Sarah Sokol Millinery of New York is carefully constructed from a loosely and lustrous woven fabric called, sinamay. The boater hat emerged as a sportswear trend at the beginning of the 30s, then became associated with open-air cafés and country outings, after Renoir’s painting “Le déjeuner des canotiers” (Luncheon of the Boating Party).The boater hat is best exuded for days in the sun. Wear it slightly tilted, either to the front or to the side with your hair straight, curly or up. Preferably a low ballerina bun for a casual look, or pin curls for a glamorous appearance. It also goes perfectly with ritzy earrings, ruby red lips and lady-like daywear gloves. As for your overall ensemble a retro-inspired wiggle dress by Tatyana with a wide-shoulder collar, button accents and flared skirt would best proportion the petite rim and delicate beaded details.The Beaded Boater c/o Sarah Sokol Millinery. Tatyana Secretary Dress (similar here & here). Pink Diamante Rhinestone Earrings, Etsy. Vintage Leather Clutch (similar here & here). Aldo, Uloavel Pumps (sold at DSW). MAC Cosmetics, Chili Matte Lipstick.