Hat Fashion from WWI

For the sake of war, hairstyles shrunk in size and hats sit lower on the head. Design and shape of hats became quite plain. Large plumes and luxurious embellishments disappeared. At that time, one would be criticized as an unpatriotic person. And the person would be regarded as a person who was more concerned about one’s own appearance rather than the war.

In the honor of heroine of the era, the chic ideal was for youth only. When hats slipped down the head, it seems that a young girl was dressed in her mother’s style. In the following term, the crown of hats continued deepening and the cloche has been created. Sometimes, hats were sewn with brims. But most hats featuring brims were summer hats. Prior to the early 1930s, crown became more shallow, because of curled hairs, leaving them elegant and puffy. Wide-brim hats turned popular, playing an role of a parasol in scorching days in summer. But they are out of fashion right now. Mannish “fedoras” was adjusted to meet demands of women in pairing with tailored suits. At the end of the decade, crowns gone upward just like those in the 1880s.

During the wartime, an assortment of hats has been created to suit various face shapes, hairstyles and personal preferences. On both sides of Atlantic, exquisite objects brightened boring utility fashions, in spite of then policy — rationing. Actually, only hat materials were not limited by rationing. Then embellishments on hats like feathers, veiling and artificial flowers became popular. Then, bonnets, turbans and halo hats came back in brief. The latter was suitable for fashionable up-swept hairstyles, sitting on the back of the head.

During the postwar time, many women didn’t wear hats on a regular basis. To preserve its market, the millinery industry set about creating variety and extravagance. Generally speaking hats remained small and close to the head. They were now touted as the essential accessory to complete the ensemble. Alternatively, “pancake” or “cart wheel” hats sat flat atop the head reviving turn of the century styles. By the late 1950s the turban returned to fashion. As hairstyles grew in size in the early 1960s, hat styles had to adapt. In vogue were tiny poufs of veil or pillboxes that perched on the back of the head. The beret hat also takes predominant accessories of poor in a certain period.

Hat Lady

When fashions were geared for youth in the mid 1960s, headpieces fell off favour of young people. It seems that headgear were accessories of the past. Even serious decree from Catholic Church didn’t resisted the trend in 1967. Except for winter hats, fashion hat disappeared in the 1970s. In the 1980s, hat restored their status in fashion but never reached its previous peak. Princess Diana has contributed to its comeback in fashion. In recent years, many would like to bring hats back for healthier body. It is an important reason of headpieces’ comeback.

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