Women’s Head Covers Styles and Trends: Pre-War Hat Styles

doll hatIn 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.

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Women’s Head Covers Styles and Trends: 1900-1910, Styles Come and Go!

merry widow hatThe 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?

Women’s Head Covers Styles and Trends: What Goes Around Comes Around!

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

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!:)

Check Out Some More Reasons Why Women Cover!

when it snows, nobody likes getting their hair wet since it doesn’t look nice and can actually make you sick as well.

when it snows, nobody likes getting their hair wet since it doesn’t look nice and can actually make you sick as well.

So now that you know how common it is for Women to cover with Stylish Head Coverings today,below are some more popular reason why women cover.

  1. Modesty:

In general, most married Orthodox Jewish Women and Muslim Women cover their hair at all times. In addition, lots of religious Christian Women cover their hair out of the house and/or when in church. Pretied head scarves, Snoods and women’s Berets definitely come in handy then to ensure full coverage and comfort at all times.

 

  1. Winter and Snow:

Wearing a hat in the winter is very important in order to keep your hair and scalp moist. In addition, when it snows, nobody likes getting their hair wet since it doesn’t look nice and can actually make you sick as well. Therefore, women turn to thick winter hats to wear outdoors in the cold winter months.

 

  1. Food Preparation :

In most commercial establishments such as restaurants, hospitals, and schools anyone working with food must wear a hair cover for sanitary purposes. While many cooks wear a basic Hairnet many others will wear a crochet snood or pretied headscarf.

As you can see, Head Coverings for women is a lot more common than you may think. And hey, you never know but women’s hats may actually be at the peak of womens fashion sometime soon. I mean what goes around comes around:)

Back To Basics: Why Women Cover

Fashionable hats for women

Depending on the styles in that era was the kind of hat they wore, either the bigger the hat the more elite, or the smaller the hat the better, etc.

Going back Centuries, Men and Women were always seen wearing hats. Depending on their activity that day was the kind of hat they wore. For ladies, wearing hats not only depended on the activities they were doing at that time such as house keeping, cooking, working etc. but over time it became worn mostly for fashion. Depending on the styles in that era and style was the kind of hat they wore, either the bigger the hat the more elite, or the smaller the hat the better, etc. However, when the Second Word War broke out, wearing hats became unpopular due to the impracticality of rushing to hide in shelters with a hat on.

Today, wearing hats or head coverings is definitely not as popular as before WWII but it sure  is very common and fashionable.  You may ask why women decide to cover their hair. Below are some of the most common reasons women decide to wear head coverings.

1. Hair Loss:

Women who unfortunately suffer from hair loss for reasons such as Cancer (chemo), Alopecia, Trichotillomania or any other reasons often choose head coverings such as Pre-tied Head Scarves, Women’s Hats, Untied Headscarves, Caps and more for reasons such as comfort, practicality, style, etc. The large amount of different styles available in women’s head covers allow women going through hair loss to retain a sense of self and really look great. There are many head coverings which were invented specifically for women with hair loss such as the hidden height undercover, pre-tied bandana with height, and much more.

2. Sun and Heat:

As you know, the sun can be very dangerous to our skin. Wearing a sun hat is a very necessary pre-caution as well as wearing sun tan lotion. During the hot and sunny summer months, women choose to wear either Sun Caps, Floppy Sun Hats, Cloches, etc. to keep safe and protected at all times.

These are just 2 of the many reasons why women cover. Checkout our blog next week to see many more reasons women choose to cover their hair with practical head covers such as Hats, Pretied Headscarves, Caps and more.

 

Looking To Buy A Sun Hat? Here’s All YOU Need To Know About What To Look Out For In a Sun Hat!

Womens Floral Summery Sun Hat

A Cap makes a comfortable sun hat to wear anytime and anywhere

As you now know, keeping your face protected from UV Rays is very important. The sun may be exciting and lift your spirits, which is fine, you just have to make sure you are well protected. Wearing a sun hat in hot summer days is very important and a necessary pre-caution to keep your skin safe. The three most important factors to look out for in a sun hat is Brim Size, Materials and Color.

Brim Size:

Of course, the best sun hats are floppy wide brimmed Straw Hats since the brim is so wide that it provides the best protection. However, if you are looking for something lighter and smaller, you may want to try a cloche or bucket hat which fits comfortably on ones head and has a smaller brim that goes all around the head which provides great coverage. If you are looking for something even smaller and less noticeable, a sun cap is your best bet. The brim in the front protects your face very well but since the brim doesn’t go all around, make sure to properly apply sunscreen on the back of your ears, back of your neck, your shoulders and anywhere else that the cap doesn’t cover.

Material:

Wearing a sun hat in the heat can cool you down since there is no sun shining on your face but it can also heat you up if it is not made from fabric of natural fiber. This fabric includes cotton, straw, paper, etc. which is breathable and allows air to circulate in and out of the hat.

Color:

As you may know, light colors reflect heat and dark colors attract heat. When buying a sun hat, try to stick to light colors so that the sun doesn’t beam down on your head.

Hope this information was helpful and will guide you to get yourself that perfect sun hat to protect your face in the sun.