PILOT II, Brooklyn, New York – 1933
Captain Harry Phillip's "PILOT II" is seen here alongside her pier at Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, NY after returning from a daily fishing trip in July of 1933.
In the late 19th century and early 20th century, men and women often wore hats when out of doors, even on a fishing trip. For men, the 'skimmer' or 'boater' straw hat was the formal hat for summer wear. So it was correctly worn either with a blazer or a suit plus a shirt with necktie, ascot or bow tie. Informal men's summer garb included hats such as Fedoras, flat caps and "Charlie Chan" Optimo Panama hats with anything from coveralls to long sleeved shirts and slacks with cuffs and creases.
For women, large hats with wide brims and broad hats with face-shadowing brims were the norm year-round, but they also wore skimmers in the summer. Tunic blouses and full skirts with a loose and softly defined waistline or full length, long-sleeved dresses with V-neck necklines were the go-to summer garb of the time. At the time, there was a civility and graciousness to life and when you went out and about, you dressed up.