The boater hat is traditionally a men’s formal hat, usually worn in the summer. It is totally stiff all over and is made with a kind of stiff straw. It has a ribbon across it like shown in the picture above.
It’s origin dates back to the 1880s when it is believed to have been invented in Italy and brought to the USA by immigrants. It got the name boater hat because it was worn by the gondoliers.
In the 19th and 20th century, it rose to fashion among the middle class and was usually seen being sported for afternoon outings and slightly formal events. Although cheaper version have become popular in political rallies and other similar events. Continue reading