My Favorite Hat

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Of all the pieces of clothing that have left us from the yesteryear of fashion, I think the departure of the hat from an everyday ladies’ (or gentleman’s outfit) is the saddest one of them all. I keep saying I should add more hats to my non-vintage ensembles, but I just never get around to doing it. The hat is often the last thing I think of when I am rushing out the door. Most of my hats only get worn with my vintage outfits, and that’s kind of sad.

To say I am a hat girl is an understatement. I love hats, but in particular, I love the hats from the late 1930s and early 1940s which I am wearing in the picture.  To me, a great hat can add a sophisticated flare to any outfit. Of course, they are not for anyone, but those who feel comfortable wearing them they are great little accessories.

I also come across very few hats that live up to their ancestors. There is just something special about a vintage hat whether it is from the 1920s or the 1960s.

But as far as I am concerned, the “golden era” for millinery was in the mid-1930s to early 1940s. The hats of the 1950s are great, but just not as great as their slightly earlier cousins.
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This hat came to me via an Ebay auction. It used to have a tattered veil which I got rid of. Hat veils look great for photos or for crying at a funeral or looking coy and mysterious, but for everyday wear, they really are not very practical. The hat was listed with Victorian hats, I suppose the person who sold it to me thought it was much earlier than it is. To me, it’s sort of a throwback to ladies hats of the Belle Epoque, especially with the large black feather. I honestly wasn’t sure what it was when I bought it, Victorian or 1930s, either way is fine by me. When I got the hat, I found it to be quite small. In late 1930s/early 1940s hat terminology, I think it would be called a “toy” hat or a “tilt” hat. Whatever it is, it’s much smaller than a hat from the 1890’s which can be seen below:

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The photos were taken at Griffith Park, I would have chosen a more exciting location, but today being Tuesday, pretty much every place interesting and historical is closed.

 

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