Women's Hats: Fun or Fundamental?
|In the 1960s, my mom brought me this Dutch designer hat, I wish I still had it, it's become famous!|
American women have historically loved hats; but that love comes and goes between the issue of balancing common sense and fashion sense. Baseball caps, cowboy hats, and winter wool have become wardrobe staples, but except for special occasions we have lost sight of the hats that were, and what they were called. Their shapes actually each had a name.
|Greta Garbo, in a head hugging cloche, the classic French bell shape|
A little history: Hats for more than any reason beside the absolute necessity of protecting one’s head, didn’t roll in until the Middle Ages when the Catholic church demanded that women cover their hair as part of their religion.
|Ingrid Bergman, in a great beret, still winter wearable and still popular|
Women shopkeepers rose to the challenge, creating a new industry, making or providing the needed head covers. After a few centuries, those simple hat makers became milliners, named after Milan, Italy, where the very best straw hats were made. Hat makers graduated to the grander term milliner by understanding the opportunity to put more than a head scarf on their wealthy clientele. The milliners of the distant past were generally women working out of their homes to make hats and accessories for women and children. Some of the more talented and savvy types took the lead in nudging their clients into fashion by styling them, just like celebrities are styled today in Hollywood. They landed up with shops catering to women's hats and in Europe, you can still find millinery shops full of confections to wear on your head.
|Not missing this oriental inspiration form the 50s myself. This style was very hip and popular in a variety of materials. It stayed on the head because it had a fitted "Juliet Cap" that hugged the head under that pointy bit.|
|Ah the eternal winter movie. The stars of 1965's Dr Zhivago, Julie Christie and Omar Sharif|
Here to aid you on your next special occasion hat hunt, is a lexicon of hat types and their actual style name and links to some great information. We didn’t add a photo of every type of hat we read about, but we included lots of pictures. Talk a walk down memory lane and add to your fashion knowledge.
Click on these links to excellent blogs, and hats!
|Sophia Loren could rock a bag and make it look great, she does the same thing for the 1960s turban.|
|The most romantic and eternally popular hat, the Cartwheel, comes in many shapes and sizes and is still on top of the hat heap.|