Women’s Head Covers Styles and Trends: 1960’s – 2000’s, Hats Back in Their Full Glory!

The Pillbox Hat

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.

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Women’s Head Covers Style and Trends: 1940’s – War Time

beretsHead 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.

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.

Wedding Season is Now in Full Bloom! Ever Considered Wearing Dress Hats?!

Women wearing dress hat

Dress hats are fashionable, classy and oh-so stylish!

For those of us suffering from hair loss, head covering can sometimes be a little hard when trying to find the right hat for a special occasion. With Wedding Season officially in full bloom, I’m sure this little bit of information will definitely be a help when trying to find that perfect hat for your next wedding.

When looking for dress hats there are a few factors to look into. As you most probably know, in general when you are looking to purchase a hat it is recommended to stick to ones made of natural fibers such as cotton for ultimate comfort. However, when it comes to dress hats, you will never find a hat made of cotton since the fabric itself is not so dressy. So, you can either opt for a different yet more expensive natural fiber such as Silk, or simply stick to Synthetic fibers and where a cotton under liner under to allow your head to breath and keep your hat firmly in place.

Dress hats are generally made out of the same material and fabric you would find dressy clothing made of such as Chiffon, Satin, Lace, silk, etc. Some dress hats are made fully covered with sequins for a striking look, others are made with shimmer and glitter and of course the list goes on and on. Depending on what you are wearing you may want to get a Dress Hat with a fancy applique or a simple Chiffon Hat that compliments your outfit.

Dress hats are a comfortable and great option for those looking to cover for any and many reasons. So go ahead and start the trend, after all, back in the days it was actually stylish and fashionable to wear a Dress Hat!

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.