Where do we hide from the blazing summer sun? Under the shade of summer’s hottest hat. The boater.
We’re bringing a twentieth-century style to the new age as this token of men’s fashion gets a feminine touch. The boater hat is commonly worn by traditional barbershop quartet groups today, as they channel a style made famous by the male ‘boaters’ of the 1900s. Typically a formal wear piece, the men and their hats set sail along the coastlines during the year’s warmer months.
As the temperatures rise this season, the boater is riding in on a completely new wave. Free People is exclusively selling a metallic twist to the traditional style. Still straw and still vintage-inspired, this hat shows its age with a little distress. In a shimmering tobacco hue, this boater can easily go from a daytime affair to a mysterious late-night look.
$68 at Freepeople.com
This ivory boater is perfect for that poolside party this summer. The grosgrain band adds the perfect pop to the neutral color scheme. A more subdued brim and shorter height design update this once male-dominated style for the petite female frames of the world.
$24 at Nordstrom.com
Need a pop of color to offset your pearly whites? This traditional beige boater hat features a thick navy and green striped band. A preppy accessory to take to the beaches of the Hamptons, indeed. Lanvin’s designers suggest a shirtdress or this season’s trouser trend to complete this updated, yet classically-inspired look.
$385 at Matchesfashion.com
In this last style, we simply say, don’t fix what’s not broken. This Janessa Leone ‘Klint Hat’ embraces the boater in its most original form. A simple black leather band circles the beige straw to create a timeless look. A chic daytime piece to pair with your sunny adventures ahead!
$180 at fwrd.com
Featured Image via Flickr/ Guy Dickinson