The boater or skimmer is a choice of some dispute nowadays whereas being the naural choice replacing the Fedora, the Homburg etc. during summer some 90 years ago. But even so I find it versatile. And I hope my surroundings agree; at least my wife uttered that the hat looked better than the Fedoras.
I have ordered a black grosgrain ribbon to replace this band on special occasions;to be able to use the hat for more formal purposes - like wearing it with a Dinner Suit. I thought it too much to have two straw boaters: better to replace the band when necessary.
|Straw boater with guards band.|
|The finish from Olney was not quite up to expectations: the poor effort of applying a velcro closing was not OK. I had to remove this and replace with proper sewing. I also had to trim the grosgrain band for lose threads.|
|Leather sweatband; the interior is very appealing|
|My wife and kids - prior to leaving for the birthday party|
|1920s black tie|