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In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats



Summer is ending, although you'd never know here in Nor Cal. I thought before it came to a close I'd do a little something on straw hats.

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats

I have a number of them of all different kinds. Including a red one I am over-making right now and you will get a DIY blog on eventually. Here is a small sample.

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats

I know, they all seem to fall in the same color pallet, don't they? Huh. Anyway, the up side of straw is that it's cool, the downside is that the can catch and mess up the hair.

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats

So, anyway, in honor of summer I present to you this little retrospective on straw hats. I'll be off the radar, I think, until Monday, so please enjoy.

Vintage straw hats . . .


In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1760-1770 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1910 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1914-1917 via The Cincinnati Art Museum; 1914-1920 via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1930 cold comfort farm; 1934 tea for two; 1938 hold that kiss

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1940 Sally Victor

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1950 Lillian Bassman; 1954 Dior; 1954 Otto Lucas straw hat

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1955 Christian Dior via The Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; 1956 Cover

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsIn Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
1956 Dior June; 1958 Day

And now, I must leave you. Have wonderful weekends all, and I hope you are afforded the opportunity to don a straw hat!

In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw Hats
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Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger


Went to the Degas exhibit a little while ago, Fashionable Reader. Here's a retrospective on some of the straw hats of the 1890s that I saw there. These may, or may not, show up on Primrose in the forthcoming Custard Protocol book.

Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution
Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger

Made me think of Ivy...

Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger

Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution
Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger

Reticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail Carriger
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution
 
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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
Source
 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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Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger


Want to play a rousing game of spot that outfit in Gail's book?

In How to Marry a Werewolf I feature a number of fashionable items, I thought you might want to see them ahead of time so you can try and spot them as you read.

So with the book releasing this weekend, here you go!

On Faith...


Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Walking suit, American, circa 1890-95. Wool, silk taffeta.
Mint Museum

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
1890 ca. Boater Hat English Straw, silk, by Lincoln Bennett and Company's Hats.
museumofcostume.co.uk

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Raudnitz & Co. evening dress, 1897
From the Musee Galliera

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Punch 1895 - History of the bicycle
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Rouff ca. 1897 | French
Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
I love this last one because it so perfectly goes with How to Marry a Werewolf.


Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger

On Teddy...

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Walking dress L'Art et la Mode 1894 N°47 Marie de Solar

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
1895 Ballgown by House of Worth Paris,
the Bruce Museum

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger

On Channing (in the past)...


Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Player's Cigarettes "Regimental Uniforms, Second Series" (issued in 1914) #52
Coldstream Guards ~ Light Infantry Company, 1793

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger
Peninsula 1812 1_The Honourable W Dawson 1st Foot Guards 2_Daniel Mackinnon,
Coldstream Guards 3_The Honourable Orlando Bridgeman 1st Foot Guards

Spot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail Carriger


Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
Steampunk, Retro Jewelry, Makeup, Retro Clothes, Lifestyle


Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger


Hats make me happy, Fashionable Reader. I hope this comes as no surprise.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger
Image taken by Gail Carriger, do not share without attribution

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Apparently Degas was a big fan, too. This exhibit I went to included others who were fans of hats, as well as some hat making displays, and of course the hats themselves.

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

Degas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail Carriger

This last is a double whammy of Gail's loves: hats & parasols!

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.

You can shop my recommendations via the following lists:
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Product links on this blog are usually to Amazon using my associate code. At no additional cost to you this means I get a slight kick back if you make a purchase. Thank you! This allows me to continue to produce this blog without sponsors.

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.

Retro Rack is also on facebook where I post additional images and fashion thoughts.
In Which Gail Carriger Talks About Her Love Affaire With Straw HatsReticence Extras: CP3 Straw Hats of the 1890s for Primrose in the Custard Protocol Series by Gail CarrigerBoater Hats of the 1890s - Fashionable Research Behind How to Marry a Werewolf by Gail CarrigerSpot the outfit in the book! Clothing Featured in How to Marry a Werewolf: Hats, Dresses and Men in Uniform by Gail CarrigerDegas Was All About the Hats, So Is Gail CarrigerGail Carriger's Recent Aquisitions ~ AccessoriesGail Carriger Tells Wedding Stories ~ Brown, Blue, Cream Flowered 1950sThe Skimmer or Boater Straw Hat with Gail Carriger

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