So Many Hats and Only One Head

by Laura Traudt
Glenwood Manor Antiques Center

Laura Traudt of Laura’s Vintage at the Glenwood Manor Antiques Center has loved hats for twenty-five years.  “In them, you can be practically anything your little heart desires” -1932 Vogue magazine.  In today’s culture where hats are no longer essential, a woman wearing a vintage hat is bound to get people’s attention.  Hats can be glamorous and unique fashion statements, but they still perform necessary functions – they can protect you from getting too much sun, from the rain, keep your head warm, and they are also the perfect remedy for a bad hair day.

The flappers of the nineteen twenty’s wore their cloche hats to indicate marital status to possible suitors.  A flashy bow indicated a woman who was looking for love, an arrow shaped ribbon meant she was already in love, and a firm knot meant she was married.  Hats have been created in an amazing array of styles, shapes, and colors throughout the decades.  Elsa Schiaparelli, a designer of the 1930’s, is famous for her outrageous and imaginative styles.  She created some of the most unusual hats, shaped like ice cream cones, high heel shoes, and even lamb chops.

The shortage of millenary materials during World War Two required women to be creative with their headdress.  Many of the hats from this period are simple headbands made with trims, veils, and feathers.  The 1950’s, a decade of prosperity, saw a resurgence of more elaborate hats with wide brims decorated with flowers and beads. Hats declined in popularity during the 1960’s due to the fact that women were spending a lot more time, money, and effort on elaborate hairdos like the “beehive”.  When asked why she didn’t wear hats, the famous actress and sex symbol Bridget Bardot told the press, “I like my hair better.”

Hats may go in and out of vogue but there is no better way to express your individuality. Whether it’s a broad brim flowered sunhat for the race-track or a little velvet beret for the fall, you’re bound to standout in the crowd in a vintage hat.  The Glenwood Manor Antiques Center, located at the corner of Glenwood Ave. and Quaker Road, has a great selection of vintage hats from the 1920’s to 1980’s.

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