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Wearing Straw Hats In Early America
The humble sublimity of the straw hat
swept with all its glory through the 1890s-1920s. The boater, so called
because it originally topped off the striped blazer and flannel trouser
outfit worn by young men while rowing, developed into the universal style
for both men and women. American men wore the boater with a modest brim,
slightly tilted on the head in a cocky mode, embellished only with a wide,
striped grosgrain or silk hatband.
The boater, a stiff straw hat with a
moderately deep, flat-topped crown encircled by a ribbon and a flat narrow
brim, was universally popular with men and women for the country, the
seaside and boating. From 1880-1920, the boater was a requisite for the
tennis court and picnic, and worn by men and women alike for casual summer
wear. Another one worn by the seaside was the helmet, made of cloth with a
small brim and a helmet-shaped sectional crown.
The evolution of modern headwear is
marked by important changes which took place in the middle 1930s. Straw
hats, which had previously been merely cool-looking became, cool and
comfortable on the head. Paralleling the shift from hard derbies to soft
hats in felts, the emphasis shifted from hard straws to soft straws. Hats Plus: Straw Hats, Straw Men Hats, Straw Fitted Summer Hats. Top quality straw hats - Summer straw hats are a cool way to stay cool.