Hat Sharer: Three Women in A Boater

Although brim decreased dramatically, most hair and face of wearers were still covered by hats in the 1840s. When view from the back, the “Bavolette” seems like a ribbon frill. A main purpose of “Bavolette” is to cover an erogenous zone, during the mid 19th century. In the late 1850s, neck would expose to air only in evening dress. A brief occurred to hats as the “wide-awake” was introduced. To a certain extent, it was a relive of shepherdess hat in the 18th century. In general, shepherdess hat often features a broad brim and shadow crown.

By 1860, parasols have became a kind of fashion accessories except for clothes suitable for cold weather, purely ornaments in 1860. Owe to reduction in its functionality, bonnets became smaller in the next decade. At the start of evolution, “spoon” bonnets were named for its shallow crown. More hair and fair skin could be seen. Different with previous wide-brim hats, “spoon” bonnets feature a peaked crown with a nosegay of flowers. Compared with the bonnets, Franchon was known for its smaller size and typical triangular-shaped design. It was made of straw or silk. In general, wide ribbons occupied central stages of accessories. Hats were introduced to the wardrobe from 1860s.


From the 1870s to the 1880s, hats and bonnets were on par in fashion. Bonnets would be better if one would like to create a more modest appearance. But bonnets were often connected with a slightly obese appearance. A tall hats like a “three-storey” or “flowerpots” became popular, because good reason. Soaring crown of hats appeared just as the roof of towers. It seems like previous women riding hats in the 18th century. It was also similar to men’s hats of the same period. In the late 1890s, women wardrobes collected masculine clothes and hats through new sporting clothes and campaigns. Although both were regarded as the exclusive styles of men, “Boaters” and “Trilbys” were topped on all, except for the most formal occasions.

Amazing 20th Century

In the special era, women were fashionable when their silhouettes resembled an S-shape. The hat was critical to create a perfect silhouette of a woman. The curvy figure was carried through and pouched over the waist. In the age, another kind of hat — toque was also popular. Its name was deprived from brimless hat. Women’s silhouette turned more slender after 1908. On the contrary, hats in the term became larger. In 1911, brim of hats hit the widest status, over the width of a wearer’s shoulders. For the purpose of positioning hats on heads securely, hats pins were as long as 18 inches. In addition to its functionality, hats pins also stood out for other advantages. They could also be used to defend women themselves when they were haunted by men’s unwanted advances.

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