The Pillbox Hat
In the 1960’s Jackie Kennedy brought in the Pillbox Hat. This hat was a stiff/hard, short, small and round hat. Often this hat was decorated with either feathers, ribbon or gemstones. Sometimes, to give it a fancier or dressier look, a netted veil was added that covered ones face, it gave the hat a soft and feminine look. It was either worn tilted on an angle or sitting comfortably on the crown of one’s head.
By the mid 1970’s the “hippy” look came in. Women had adopted a variety of hairstyles many based on blow drying of hair into specific position that emanated from a center parting/ middle part. The Straw Hat with an extremely wide brim was very in at this time since it gave off a relaxed, laid back vacation look.
In the 1980’s, the Pillbox Hat that was brought about decades back, came in style again. With its decorations and netted veil it made a beautiful classy hat. However, a lot of the women still preferred getting their hair done; it made them feel younger and lighter.
In the late 1980’s through the 1990’s Princess Diana brought the hat trade back in full force. New hats, designs and designers were everywhere. Hats still remained on the top of the list of fashion at this point. Hats of all colors, designs and styles came back on the market. Until now however, there was no real coordination of hats matching to an outfit which is when Princess Diana brought in the “color coordinated look”- matching an outfit to a hat at this time.
Head Covering styles in War Times changed drastically from fancy, wide brimmed hats to smaller and small brimmed hats. Head covers changed from stylish and fashionable to more simple and practical. A typical war or army hat was the beret. Why? The beret became a military trademark head cover due to the fact that it was difficult to wear improperly (there’s only one way to wear it) and it could be easily stowed away without damage.
The army and military style had a great influence in Women’s Head Covers which is when the Beret came into fashion. A beret is a soft, round brimless cap with a flat crown often made of wool or cotton which makes them extremely soft and pleasant to wear. They come in many different styles and designs. These berets were at the peek of fashion at this time and were worn by women and men alike.
Another very popular head cover at this time was the Turban. At this time, women started working in factories due to the changes brought about in the war. The turban made a perfect hat or head covering because it kept the hair away from the face and covered it securely so it wouldn’t get caught in the machines.
Stay tuned for next week to find out which head covers came into style post war.
In the 1920’s women yearned to look sophisticated and wealthy; which is why the Cloche came back in. The cloche was a bell shaped hat that simply went out at the bottom and covered the wearer’s eyes a little bit, making one hold their head high which in effect made them look sophisticated. The cloche’s drawback was that it was somewhat masculine looking and did not have the femininity of other women’s hats. Eventually that lead to a change in styles.
This is when neat Feminine hats with extra trimming and finishes, such as the Doll Hat came into fashion. The doll hat is a wide brim that is not too stiff but not too floppy either. It gave off a very young, girly, doll like and playful look. It came in many different feminine colors and designs with bows, flowers and other sorts of embellishments. High crowned hats that sat on an angle on the head were also very in style for the same reason.
This style pretty much lasted till the late 1930’s when Crochet Snoods came into style. You might wonder how the style changed so drastically from beautiful stylish hats to simple Crochet Snoods. The reason is that in the late 1930’s World War II broke out and the women of that time wanted to show loyalty. Therefore, they chose to save these fabrics and materials for the army instead of wasting it for their own personal pleasure.
Stay tuned to next week to find out what head covers women wore during war time.
The early 1900’s brought about a whole new style and era of head covers. While up until now all they had been looking for was comfort, since women started going out more it became all about wealth, class, royalty and sophistication. Therefore the simple hat such as the Bonnet they used to wear was mostly not worn by woman at this time. The women preferred something more elegant and fancy looking such as a lavish wide brimmed hat designed with either tulle or ribbon.
For example, a popular hat at this time was the Silhouette which is a wide brimmed hat designed with real human hair that the women used to collect either from their own hair or others. They also wore the pompadour which is more like a hair style where you put on a headband with teeth and place it a little further back than you would like it and then push it forward forming a little bump to provide height. However, in these days, the style was created with the help of a wide brimmed hat used as a base for women to build their hair up on to form a bump. It gave the impression like all the hair was just sitting perfectly on its own but really it was backed up by a large sturdy brim.
In the years 1907-1908 the Merry Widow Hat (which is a type of Silhouette designed with beautiful chiffon and organza and full of feathers) came in. It was part of the costume of “Sonia” the leading lady of the play “the Merry Widow” which opened in London in 1907 and was designed by Lady Duff Gordon.
It’s amazing how so much could change in so little time no? We went from the Simple Bonnet to the Lavish Merry Widow Hat in just a few years – can you guess what’s coming up in next week’s blog for stylish hats in 1910-1930?
Back in the days, women were busy in the house cooking and house keeping which is why they needed the most comfortable head covers around
You may have realized that a lot of the hats that are in style today resemble and look very similar to some hats from the 1800’s. The reason of course is that when it comes to women’s hats there are a few things that play a big role, like comfort and style. Back in the days, women were busy at home cooking and house keeping which is why they needed the most comfortable head covers around. However, when they left the house, a hat or head cover was worn more for fashion, hence they needed the most fashionable hats.
However, although we are still wearing berets, cloches, bucket hats and more, women’s head coverings (like all parts of fashion) took many turns as far as fashion and styles from the 1800’s to the 21st century. Head coverings have definitely evolved since the 1800’s and we now have a vast variety of many different stylish head coverings. Meaning to say, that our head coverings today may be the same hats as many years ago just a bit more modern looking and up to date.
In addition, while berets and hats have been around there are many new head coverings which were invented in this day and age. For example, the pre-tied bandana is a new head covering which women around the world adore. They are comfortable, stylish and practical. Of course, there are lots more such as soft wide head wraps and chenille snoods which women have definitely called their own and keep on coming back for more!
Coming up in the next few weeks is a series of Women’s Head Coverings styles from the 19th to 21st century and how current events effected the styles of hats and head covers worn. You’ll be surprised – what goes around comes around!:)