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Would You Wear… a Boater Hat?


Topshop Boater Hat and Oscar de la Renta Boater Hat
Topshop and Oscar de la Renta doing the boater hat trend. Credit: 1, 2

I’m going to tell you a secret: I love the boater hat trend. It may seem cheesy, costume-y, or too retro to others; but I cannot get enough of it. Whenever I see a boater hat walking around campus, I get an rush of excitement and want to invest in one myself.

While this trend may be ultra-hot right now, this hat has truly passed the test of time. Boaters have gone from being Gondolier’s hats to Fred Astaire’s signature piece in popular 1940s-50s films, to now being seen on hip kids all over the globe.

The boater is the perfect spring and summer accessory. Even if you’re hundreds of miles from a beach, the boater can’t help but remind one of a sailing adventure. Thrown on with a cute dress as seen in the street style looks below, how can anyone not dig this style?

Boater hat street style looks
Photo Credit: 1, 2, 3

What do you think about boater hats?

Leave a comment and let’s talk about it! Do you have a boater? If so, how do you wear it? Is this a piece you see sticking around for a long time?

Posted on on April 19, 2011 / Filed Under: Would You Wear? / Tags: , , , ,

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39 Responses to “Would You Wear… a Boater Hat?”

  1. 1
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:09 am

    i can’t get over how cute it is! ;D

  2. 2
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:12 am

    the choir teacher at my high school has a hat just like that! During the musical, he brought it for the lead to wear and during intermission i ran around wearing it with a blue dress, a side braid and black boots and it looked soooooo cute!!!!

  3. 3
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:20 am

    they’re so cute and summery but I can’t help think they look exactly like the straw hats mum used to make me wear when I was little so I don’t think I’d buy one

  4. 4
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    I think they’re adorable, but I have a freakishly large head and hats never fit me =[

  5. 5
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    Where can I get one?! I love this hat and want one but on a college student budget, it’s difficult to find a cute and sassy hat, like such, and not give up next weeks groceries.

  6. 6
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I love this trend. I got my boater on clearance at JCPenney last summer for less than $5 and wear it all the time!

  7. 7
    April 19th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I’ve already worn one on my blog, and I love it! I’m a sucker for hats, even in the summer. And Amber, I got mine from Forever 21 for a few bucks, they might still have it.

  8. 8
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Ohhh, I love hats but I’m afraid this one wouldn’t suit me/look daft considering how short my hair is (shaved in at one side haha!) It’s so cute though ahh

  9. 9
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    For people looking for these hats, Urban Outfitters has several options

  10. 10
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    my problem, with all of these trends (boaters, fedoras, etc..) is that I have short really curly hair and I look awful with any of these kinds of hats :P

  11. 11
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Love it! I used to rock hats all the time when I was little. I think I need to start that back up again :)

  12. 12
    April 19th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I bought one of these for $3 at a thrift store a few weeks ago. Now I have an idea of how to wear it. Thanks! :D

  13. 13
    April 19th, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Amazing!! I want one immediately

  14. 14
    April 19th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Isnt this a bit late? It was a trend last resort/spring too

  15. 15
    April 19th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Love it!!!

  16. 16
    April 19th, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    While I can appreciate this look on others, I don’t think I’ll be investing in the trend. I don’t really think it goes with my style and I’d feel like it was too costumey on me. If I was going to invest in a trend similar to this I’d probably prefer a fedora, they seem more versatile!

  17. 17
    April 19th, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    I love hats and I’d wear most any hat. I’d definitely wear it if I coud find one at a decent price.

  18. 18
    April 19th, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Hi there!

    This trend does look lovely! But I just have a question as to what the difference is between Boater Hats and Fedoras.

    Thanks! xo

  19. 19
    April 19th, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    love it!

  20. 20
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    When I was in Tokyo last summer these hats were EVERYWHERE! I wish I could wear them, however I have a big head and they rarely make women’s hats in my size. :(

  21. 21
    April 19th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    i’d rather wear a hat that flatters me and won’t fall off with any gust of wind.

  22. 22
    April 19th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Hate em. I understand that they would be great as protection from the sun, but I can’t stand the look of them.

  23. 23
    April 19th, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    They look super cute, but I’m not sure they’re my style. I’m not really a hat person… But they’re very cute on others :)

  24. 24
    April 20th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    these were all the rage when I was in Japan last summer. I bought one but haven’t had the courage to wear it over here yet. Glad to see they’ve crossed the pacific!

  25. 25
    April 20th, 2011 at 11:16 am

    on the fence with these. they are very cute , but I used to have to wear these for my old school uniform so it feels a little school girly to me..

  26. 26
    April 21st, 2011 at 1:06 am

    Nope, sure wouldn’t. They’re cute, but definitely not for me!

  27. 27
    April 21st, 2011 at 1:57 am

    Ive wanted a boaters hat for the longest PLEASE list some sites where to get some!

  28. 28
    April 21st, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    These are too cute much…. better than fedoras

  29. 29
    April 21st, 2011 at 10:00 pm

    Love the boater hat trend. :)

    Just wondering, though, who is the blogger in the middle photo in the 2nd row of photos? The credit link goes to the same place as the left photo.


  30. 30
    April 23rd, 2011 at 10:16 am

    I have a mini boater hat that clips on my hair and it looks really cute!! For people looking for normal sized boater hats, I think you can get some on Amazon pretty cheap :)

  31. 31
    April 25th, 2011 at 4:41 am

    No Ma’am! I always save my fair skin from burning with a vintage YSL wide-brimmed straw hat I found at Goodwill years ago.
    Also, boaters have a flat crown, perfectly flat brim, an extremely stiff weave, and are highly unflattering unless worn slanted back on someone with a thinner face. So, although very cute, the first two blogger pictures aren’t boaters at all, but a fedora (?it’s difficult to tell from the pic) and a porkpie.

  32. 32
    May 1st, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Totally love this style! :D I’m a huge hat-wearer and will wear all kinds of hats, but I especially love very retro old-fashioned ones, like big lacy ones that flop at the brim, newsboy caps, bowlers, and boater hats. This blog gives me new ideas for how to wear the boater. Thank you!

  33. 33
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:56 am

    Why buy a fedora when you can stand out with a FABULOUS boater hat?

  34. 34
    May 9th, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    They are so cute… Im trying to buy ones but don’t know where to look for….anyone has any suggest?

  35. 35
    May 11th, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Anyone knows what to do to prevent it from getting blown away? I have a freakishly small head and most hats are too big for me (especially those labelled as “one size”), but boaters aren’t very deep. They stay at the very top of the head only and I tried many and every time I had a feeling the slightest gust of wind will blow it away. Should it be somehow pinned or something?

  36. 36
    May 29th, 2011 at 4:56 am

    OMG! these are SO CUTE!

  37. 37
    July 5th, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I just bought a super cute boater today :)
    It has a white thick-lacy ribbon and flat bow. A little anne of green gables-ish. I’d wear it with a floral/flowy top or long sundress. Or a nautical themed look. Perfect for boating :)

  38. 38
    August 12th, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I would So wear one!!!!!!!!

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