‘Hats’ Category

1950s Hats

Friday, July 31st, 2009

men_s_hatshats-1950s21950s Hats41950s Hats3
hats-1950s

Hats added the final touch of 1950s glamour to a woman or girl’s outfit, particularly in the early fifties. Last year’s dress or suit could be updated easily with a new hat or a fresh ornament such as flowers, an autumnal bunch of acorns and leaves, or a bunch of cherries.

Corsage made of fruits. Similar items were used to trim hats

Balenciaga had first shown the pillbox and it became the hat of the fifties and later the hat of the sixties when it was greatly favoured by Jackie Kennedy. The pillbox often had veiling attached as shown in the header.

Neat pillbox style hat image left is courtesy of anothertimevintageapparel

In the mid fifties glorious hat styles covered less in plumage and more in floral blooms appeared. Some designs consisted solely of bomb like shapes covered with flower petals, almost like a more full blown version of the swimming cap above. Later hats consisted of folds of tulle, organza, nets or swirls of georgette.

Other simple hats included neat beret varieties and also knitted beret hats with tassels or pom-pom.

The jester 4 cornered beret hat was made of felt and velvet and available in a riot of glorious colours and was priced at one guinea or 21 shillings.

The head hugging Baker Boy beret was in a fabric called suedeen and jersey for 22/-.

Generally hats began to lose favour in the fifties as they were unsuitable for the new hairstyles. Women spent more time at the hair salon and the last thing they wanted to do was spoil their latest hairdo with a hat. Fashionable hairstyles began with simple ponytails and ended the decade with complex beehive arrangements.

Milliners could have designed hats more suitable for the new fuller bouffant hairstyles, but they failed to see the possibilities and designs continued as before and they lost the market for hats eventually.

 

  • Calendar

    February 2017
    M T W T F S S
    « Aug    
     12345
    6789101112
    13141516171819
    20212223242526
    2728  
  • Spread The Word

    Delicious Digg Stumbleupon Technorati Furl Reddit
  • wed5

    1950’s Brides

    The 1950s will be a decade forever linked to the advent of television, the American baby boom and the culture of the middle class suburb. This affected women in... 

    1950s Evening Wear4

    1950s Evening Wear

    Not all women could afford to wear couture designer clothes in the fifties and the majority of women wore mass produced goods. Yet fresh ideas and fashion concepts... 

  • trouserpattern3

    1950’s Womens Trousers Pattern

    Womens sewing pattern for misses spots outfit – shirt-jacket and long or short pants (envelope has light toning and some tears at opening and split at top... 

    trousers

    Pants

    Boys mostly wore long trousers in the 1850s, but we begin to see boys from affluent families wearing variously styled suits with bloomer knickers. These bloomer...