While reading Anja's blog post with its lovely collage featuring boater hats yesterday, I felt even happier about my recent straw hat find, even if mine isn't a boater. This morning I read the piece on boater hats in the current Lula, and it helped me understand the decision to make the Marc Jacobs hats look so squished (they really do look sat-upon).
Someone in the article mentions that this hat is appealing because of nostalgia -- a lot of children wore boaters as part of a school uniform, or children in books did. I wore a uniform in high school, and although it didn't include a hat, I have always been partial to uniforms. Someone else who was interviewed (you'll have to forgive me, I don't have it at hand to look up the names) states that hats are appealing because, to paraphrase, most people dress like slobs these days, and hats have a nice formal quality to them. I agree! More hats, please. And while we're at it, more neckties too!
Here are a couple of film trailers for more hat inspiration: Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and The Lover (1992).