Women's Hats

Women's Hats Throughout History

Women have worn hats throughout history. The use of hats dates back to Renaissance times. The industrial revolution of the 19th century saw a dramatic rise in the styles of women's hats. This time period is often referred to as the "Golden millinery era," and it lasted until the mid-twenties. Fashion trends were a major factor in the development of hat designs. Hats were frequently designed to match the current fashion trends.


The millinery industry went through a significant transformation during this time. In 1850 women could earn money from outside the confines of the factory and home, and many people found that they could use their skills to make custom hats. This technology allowed milliners to create hats swiftly and profitably, allowing them to serve an ever-growing market. This was a huge benefit to women who couldn't go in a brimless hat.

Bonnets became ornamental in the early the 1860s. As they got smaller and more supple their shape changed. In the 1860s, we saw the appearance of the spoon bonnet which was flat, spoon-shaped, with a high crown. As time went on the shape grew more rounded. The spoon bonnet became a fashionable style for the 1860s. In 1864, it was constructed from silk or straw and had a curved brim , which was tied in the back. It was often decorated with wide ribbons and also had a brim that was short.

In the 1850s, women continued wear dresses that were more formal and more feminine. In addition to the classic peaked cap, a variety hat styles emerged, including the broad-brimmed straw straw hat, the Victorian-style bowler hat, and many more. A wide belt and a skirt were a popular style and a chemisette added a sophisticated look for daytime.

A variety of styles of bonnets were also introduced in the 1850s. Older women were fond of lappets and day caps. These hats were designed to shield the face from the sun and rain. The 1850s also saw the debut of the calash, which was a kind of hat made of collapsible whalebone hoops. The 1850s also saw the appearance of snoods, beaded hair nets and sno nets. These hats were made of an open net-like weave that would wrap the hair around the back of the head.

The skirts of women were slightly flared along with boaters. The formal suit jacket was completed by an unflinching skirt. The Fedora was a felted hat modeled after the Homburg headpiece, a fanciful piece named after the heroine of Sardou's play was also popular. Another fashion was the yachting cap, which was worn during sailing or by the seaside.

1860s hats

Hats returned to the fashion scene in the 1860s. There were a variety of styles that emerged during the decade. These styles included the well-known Glengarry highland cap, the little circular pork pie hat with a peaked crown as well as a range of other styles. The hats were embellished with elaborate designs and ribbons tied under the chin. In addition to bringing hats back into the wardrobe, many of these styles were also used as hairpieces.

The 1850s also saw a rise of the boater. These hats were popular until the beginning of the 20th century. They were originally straight and tilted. The Fedora cap, a felt inspired by the Homburg that was named in honor of Sarah Bernhardt, is another style. Another style that was popular from the 1860s was the yachting cap or tamo'-shanter. The original tam o'shanter was made from velvet. However it was later replaced with crochet.

Margherita of Savoy–Genoa wears the bright red Zouave. The front of the coat is cut off and is trimmed with braids. The fashion plate from 1864 shows a woman on the left wearing a dress with a shirtwaist. However, the usual style is a skirt. The Vienna fashion plate, 1866 depicts a mix of male and female style with vaguely medieval lines. In addition to the snoods, the woman on the right is wearing a net over her hair.

The millinery industry was significantly affected by the industrial revolution. The introduction of a brand new sewing machine was a success and it was then exported. This allowed for the mass production of hats as well as distribution. Wholesalers were able to store the manufactured hats and export them to foreign markets. The mass-marketing of hats was made possible by catalogs of mail-order. While women of wealth could visit Paris to shop milliners from the store would make regular visits to look for the most fashionable styles.

Small brimmed hats were a fashionable option in the 1850s. They were typically wide and also had a wide hatpin. In addition, hats constructed of lighter materials weren't as decorated as their counterparts in the 1850s. For formal events they are a great option to add some spice to your wardrobe. This style can be used for a variety of reasons.

1870s hats

Women's hats from the 1870s were decorated with ribbons, especially at the back, and were typically wide. For decoration, ribbons and flowers were commonly used. According to the Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, simple field blossoms were the most popular trims for era's hair. However, while the design of bonnets changed, women were steadfast to the style of their hats and their hairstyles.

The fashion for men has remained relatively unchanged in the last decade. Three-piece suits were the standard. Most men wore a frock coat and attached capes with their suits. Men were wearing shorter coats for mornings and double breasted reefer jackets. These jackets were designed to be used for sports. Women's 1870s hats came in different styles and materials. However, the top hat was still the most popular, and the bowler was a popular option with morning suits.

The Martha bonnet is inspired by a style I have in my collection that dates from the mid-to-late 1870s. It is made of wired buckram that is then covered in brown cotton velvet to give it more weight. The brim is lined with green silk taffeta and the ties are pinned behind a well-constructed bow. The ensemble is finished with an old-fashioned ribbon underbrim that faces and a tiny button closure.

Sailor bonnets are a kind of women's hat with a flat-brim that was popular in the 1870s, especially in the middle and early. Bonnets are still the most popular headgear during this time. They became narrower in the late 1870s and middle of 1870s. In the mid and late 1800s, a sailor's bonnet with a narrow brim was also popular.

The style of hats worn by women in the 1870s was often very simple. They were usually wide and low and could be decorated with feathers, flowers or beavers. The style of the hat was very comfortable with a soft cotton lining that provided an incredibly comfortable fit. Although a wide-brimmed style of hat is now more common than ever before, it was no longer as versatile.

19th century caps

As a part of a woman's overall style the hats worn by women have a long and colorful history. Women were required to cover their hair during the Middle Ages by the church. They also embraced male aristocratic headwear. The hats worn by women became more sophisticated and stylish. Many 19th century hats have feathers, and even whole birds! Common stuffed birds included bluebirds, Baltimore orioles, rollers prairie hens, prairie hens, and woodpeckers. Mice are another popular animal. The hats of the past often included multiple tufts. many had four or five warblers per tuft.

French aristocrats lost their privileges during the French Revolution and the remaining women of the aristocracy opted to wear a more simple hat that reflected middle class values. Turbans and other caps were still extremely popular, possibly because of African head wraps. As the styles of women's headwear changed as did the materials. As women's hats evolved and became more complicated over the 19th century, a lot of the most iconic hats of that era survived.

In the early nineteenth century, the chin-tied hat was the main piece of clothing that was worn by most women. There were a variety of variations of this style such as the calash bonnet, a style that folded in the shape of the cover of a wagon, and the poke bonnet that extended outwards. The three-story bonnets and flowerpots were among the most elaborate. The three story cap was a return to the riding hats women donned in the late eighteenth century.

Another kind of hat worn by women in the 19th century was a sun-protector. These were often made of thick fabric and embellished with artificial flowers and ribbons. Some hats were adorned with large plumes. An example of this fashion can be seen in the famous painting by Vigee Lebrun of the French queen, Marie Antoinette. Hats made of fine straw from Leghorn, Italy were also well-known.

The 1810s were a period of fashion changes for women's hats. While straw bonnets remained popular and a lot of hat makers had success creating them with a cheaper alternative - the 'bonnet board'. Although silk-covered buckram was not yet fully developed, it was used in the 1820s to create hats that were more affordable. These hats had feather plumes and silk bows.