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Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger


I love a boater hat (also called spinners).

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger


One of the joys of writing in the 1890s (my Custard Protocol and Claw & Courtship series) is the fact that I can finally start to include this fashion item!

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger

Obviously this started as a gentleman's hat.

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
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 With the advent of women on bicycles, among other things, this hat grew in popularity for the ladies.

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
1890s women's boater, taken by Gail Carriger at the Degas Exhibit, 2017, do not remove attribution

Because it started out as an item ubiquitous to younger men river boating (pole boats) it became particularly associated with sporting activities from beach side strolls to hiking and biking.

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
Taken by Gail Carriger at the Degas Exhibit, 2017, do not remove attribution

This in turn gave it the aura of vacation and countryside, which means also casual and daytime.

Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
Taken by Gail Carriger at the Degas Exhibit, 2017, do not remove attribution
Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger


Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail Carriger
Linen walking suit, 1895, Jacques Doucet, French. 
"This suit might well have been worn for a tour abroad. Linen was favored for hot-weather travel because it was washable & comparatively lightweight. At this time, women's tailored suits were very popular, borrowing such details from men's dress as wide lapels & exterior pockets. This practicality suited the more emancipated lifestyles women were beginning to lead." From OMG That Dress
Eventually, rather like pantelettes, the boater became the provenance of school children.

Check out the importance of Faith's boater for her, Biffy and society, in How to Marry a Werewolf.

Self matching the cover of How to Marry

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The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger


I always called them skimmers, although I understand a more common term is boaters.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

 Made popular by the Oxford and Cambridge set these hats had their heyday in menswear in the 1920s.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

I own this cute little navy straw one, sadly I don't have much occasion to wear it.

Women have often donned this pretty little straw hat. Here are a few examples.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
 1905 summer day dress of pin-striped cotton

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
1930 Grey Skimmer

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
 1940 Elsa Schiaparelli The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
 1940s Skimmers (via Tuppence Ha'penny by Charlotte) worn two different ways pushed to the back and perched forward.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
1945

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
Audry in a skimmer

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
1955 dress

How about a few retro takes?

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger
 Charlotte of Tuppence Ha'penny in two pencil skirt looks.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

The cool thing about the skimmer? It's back in fashion right now and it can be worn with any look you'd like.

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger


The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger


The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger The Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

More on the history of skimmers.

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Boater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail CarrigerThen & Now ~ Perch BoaterThe Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

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