There is something about hats that always fascinates me. I own a few, however when it comes to wearing them, more often or not, I find myself shying away. Hence my hats have seen more of the inside of my closet than the sun!
This weekend I was determined to be brave and give my boater hat a day in the sun, literally!
When I like a particular fashion piece, I like to know the history behind it. When I got the boater hat, I instinctively picked it up in the shop assuming it would look great with a bunch of outfits, but did you know, back in the early 1900s boater hats were a men’s summer formal hat. However, it was Coco Chanel who redefined the classic boater hat and seamlessly integrated it as one of the chicest womens’ wear accessory. Back then, woman wore large Edwardian hats, hats that Chanel described as “nests with flowers and feathers”. As a stark contrast to the Edwardian hats, Coco wore straw boater hats, a fashion precedent like no other to the womens’ millinery at the time. These hats were simple and light and very chic. The trend soon spread like wild fire in Paris, with women swapping their “nest” hats for the straw boater, elevating a simple hat to a classic.