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We know you are a big fan of hats and have been wearing them since you were a lad. It seems clear you have a very definite opinion of what a good hat should look like - and it doesn't include ladies hats.I think they tend to the preposterous side in the interest of fashion - buthey, if that is the statement the lady wishes to make - go fer it!Remember Carmen Miranda?
Yes, the ones with her wearing a fruit bowl on her head.
When compared to the previous one, it looks positivily exquisite.
Compared to the previous one, it is equisite
It looks like a plain hat with a bunch of black feathers on it. Some more birds died.
Obviously beauty is in the eye of the beholder - I think that's a great hat! This may be a gender issue.
I wonder if the odder nature of the women's hats were'seeing here has something to do with these all being portraits?Women and men have always dressed differently. It must be part of our nature, as there isn't a culture anywhere where this is not true. The current era we live in here in the Western world probably features more clothing similarities between the sexes than any earlier era. Even now, however, the "ornamental" clothing of men and women remains distinct. The women we are seeing here are all adorned for portraits. Men in the same era might be wearing their finest hats, but as somebody has otherwise noted most men's clothing related back somehow to the battlefield or the plowed field, so hats were just more practical. That's true, however, of all the clothing we're seeing here.I wonder, therefore, what we'd find, in the same eras depicted here, if we were looking at farm women, or working class women on an average day?
Nice chair again.
Well, PJ, I owe you an apology. I thought you were finding the worst examples and then deriding them. I was sure I could find some attractive saucy hats. I looked at 'Edwardian ladies hats', and had no luck. Then I searched 'Victorian' and found some nice examples. Then I tried 'Belle Epoque' and got similar results to Edwardian. So it seems hats grew to outlandish proportions in the early 1900s, the same way tail fins on cars did in the 60s.
I am convinced that When men took over the role of designing fashions for women of money, they took great pleasure in coming up with the most outragaous designs they could, just too see if those silly frivolous women would wear them. And wear them they did, because it was far more important to be more "in style" than their competition(other women), even at the the risk of looking rediculous. I'm guessing the conversations during the fittings went something like this....Woman: I feel rediculous in this monsterous hat!Male Designer: No No Dahling, you look fabulous, you will be the talk of the town!Woman: Well ok if you say so.Male designer (later on to other men): Oh boy, you should see the horrible hat I've convinced Lady whosits to wear to the event. OH this is going to be hilarious! Women are so silly!
I'm glad that I don't have to worry much about staying in fashion other than what the width of my tie should be. Men don't go up to other men and say, "Whats up with Bill?, he is wearing last years fashion". "Oh how embarrasing it must be for him". Even if we are completly way off as far as what were supposed to wear we get a pass and hear comments from the ladies like, "Well atleast he is trying", or "Atleast he showed up". Being oblivious is not such a bad thing.
Well, it wasn't onnly men who designed silly hats. From the late 40s to the late 60s, Lilly Dache (my Nan pronounced it Dach-chee, as in cheese) designed some pretty wild hats. She also designed hats and caps for women in the Armed Forces, but they were both practical and pretty.
Really? Oh that is interesting. I can't imagine why a woman would do that to another woman....out of spite maybe? Or perhaps it is in an attempt for each designer to out do, his or her competitors? I will have to look her up. Thanks!
You have an amazing blot here. I have thoroughly enjoyed browsing these vintage photos and especially the details you have provided for so many unique and rare pics. I hope to visit this site often!
I meant "blog" :)
The ladies' hats would have been held on by huge long hat pins with a fancy end on it. Hat pins of various styles and lengths were used for many years.
I collect hat pins. They're beautiful!Out of curiosity, are you trying to find the most odd looking not attractive hats out there? There had to be SOME pretty ones.
I think I will post a contrasting view. I remember when my Mom wore hats. This was in the days when mink was popular and women would wear netting to partially cover their faces. I also remember Audrey Hepburn who could make any hat look good. What a face! She popularized a form of the modern hat which was sometimes like Lily Dache hats. My wife wears scarves on her head which are pretty on her round Japanese face, and very colorful. To be honest, I like it when people dress stylishly, especially with patterns and colors, not unlike those peacocks you had running around, PJM.Will from Lafayette
For me, some hats look ridiculous and this is one of those hats. It appears to do more damage than good.