⁞Although this year the weather isn't matching with the calendar, summer is coming and, soon, we will take our favorite straw hat from the wardrobe and use it for trips to the beach, during walks and picnics. Pretty straw hats with narrow brim or with a straight and flat dome surrounded by a colored ribbon will come out of our closets: we are talking about boaters, summer headgears, also known in some parts of Italy as "magiostrina".
The origins of boaters are quite recent and go back to the end of nineteenth and beginning of twentieth century. Initially, this hat was part of special sports uniforms for men, especially in rowing: this where the name boater comes from ("canotier" in French). The boater soon became popular in men's fashion, becoming an everyday item for many men, strictly worn only during the summer. The first women wearing the boater didn't do it for fashion, but for protest. The british suffragettes decided to wear the magiostrina as a symbol of equality to men and, since then, this hat became unisex, giving each summer an elegant and easy-going look to both men and women.
Among the images, Fred Astaire posing with the boater and a scene from the movie Anne of Green Gables - The Sequel, Kevin Sullivan)