When did American women stop wearing hats and why? Did that accessory go out of vogue in the late 50′s? mid 60′s? Remember Jackie’s pillbox? The hats worn today include a billed unisex gimme cap, a winter cap to wear when walking, running or skiing or a brimmed straw to be worn at the pool or beach–casual wear to be worn with casual clothes. You might see one or two pastel creations on Easter Sunday, but during the rest of the year that hat (and any others) sit on the shelf in the closet. Maybe we’ve discarded a really fun and important part of our wardrobe. A hat can complete an outfit. A hat can add a flattering color near the face, camouflage a bad hair day, keep your head warm, protect you from the sun, lift your spirits. When you’re down in the dumps, go buy a new hat! I wonder if there are still millineries in the U.S. In New York perhaps? The women of the British royal family seem to wear hats. The queen must have dozens! Of course, there is the Kentucky Derby, but how often does one attend that event?
I’d like to resurrect the wearing of hats on certain occasions or in certain settings: church services, daytime weddings, funerals, lunching at a nice restaurant, setting sail on a fabulous cruise, attending a daytime party, going up in a hot air balloon and certainly, celebrating National Hat Day which I just discovered is tomorrow, Jan. 15, which is remarkable! I’m having lunch with a friend tomorrow, and I’m definitely wearing a hat! How about you?