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.
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:
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.