An example of a Victorian ladies hat
By the 1920s with women feeling more liberated after the World War and gaining the right to vote, many cut their hair short and the style of hat became much smaller and more closely fitted to head, mimicking a helmet. By the 1950s after the Second World War, hats became less practical for the modern day lady who was often now a working woman and fashion was not as much an extravagance as it had been in previous eras. During the 1960s the hat was almost all but wiped out in women's fashion with big hair and wigs becoming the dominant style, with the 1970s reverting back to a natural look the hat didn't really fit into this look. In the 1980s and 2000s there has been a revival in the wearing of hats, but nowhere near as dominant an item of clothing as it was seen historically.
A typical hat from the 1920s
I still think it is lovely to dress an outfit up with a hat once in a while, and especially at special events such as weddings or watching the horses! My personal favourite style of hat is the pillbox, which I feel compliments most and can be personalised in a variety of ways, other than that I love the over the top Victorian ladies hats. Below are some great milliners, some who I have been lucky enough to meet at various vintage fairs.
Zara Carpenter - Chatham Girl
Dawn Wilson @ Vintage Hart