Straw hat

A round hat with a hard flat crown and a stiff brim, banded by a broad ribbon. Straw hats, along with fedoras and other men’s dress styles, came prominently into fashion in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and were one of the hat styles most favored by Gabriele D’Annunzio, as seen in many photographs. They also became a show business staple, adopted with flair by Maurice Chevalier, Odoardo Spadaro and Nino Taranto. Straw hats became the symbol of the “interventionists”, who demonstrated in favor of Italy’s intervention in World War I. Also known as a “boater” because it was part of the summer rowing uniform, along with a striped blazer and flannel trousers. In Lombardy it is called a “magiostrina”.