Friday, January 23, 2009

Hats - Did Women In Your Family Wear Them?



Well yours truly is just being silly today, but after seeing Aretha Franklin performing at the Inauguration this past Tuesday, I got to thinking that women just don't wear hats like they used to.

In fact, I looked in The Box and could not find one single photo of my mother wearing a hat - one that would be suitable for a wedding or funeral or a social event. Now it might be a generational thing since there are plenty of photos with my grandmother, great-grandmother and other ancestors wearing hats. I could just see this as a theme for an upcoming Smile For The Camera carnival! Wouldn't that be great to see a parade of hats?

One other hat-related inauguration tidbit which it turns out is more urban legend than it is the gospel truth: many content that because John F. Kennedy did not wear a hat at his Inauguration, it led to a precipitous decline in the number of men wearing hats.

6 comments:

Sheri said...

I was just thinking that you would look good in a hat like Aretha's. You wear it well.

Terri said...

I grew up in the 50's and 60's and we always wore a hat to church. I remember how excited I was to go shopping every Easter for my Easter dress and matching hat. In the few photo's I have of my Grandmother she always had a bonnet on like you see in "Little House on the Prairie. Woman who worked in the fields with their husbands knew how important it was to protect their skin. My Grandmother lived to be 89 years old and her skin was still lovely.

Janet Iles said...

Yes, I do grew up wearing hats. I still have some beautiful ones in my closet that have not been worn for years.

I quit wearing mine when I became the only one wearing a hat to church.

Jasia said...

I'm not sure, Thomas, but you just may look better in that hat than Aretha did!

I love hats and still don't feel truly dressed up without one. Hats for ladies fell out of favor when the Vatican II (1962-1965) gave women permission to attend church without headcoverings. At that point the demand for ladies hats more or less evaporated except for special occasions (weddings, funerals, etc.). Not that everyone was Catholic but the Catholics kept the demand up until that time.

I keep waiting for hats to come back as a fashion statement. I don't understand why they haven't to date. So many other fashions have been resurrected, but not hats. I've got some lovely ones in my closet just waiting...

Bob Kramp said...

Is it my imagination or an "urban legend" that Fedoras are coming back into fashion among men? I've seen a few recently, particularly on popular musicians. Is "Fedora" usually capitalized, in other words, is it a person's name or place?

Bob Kramp said...

Hey, it wasn't just my imagination, the fedora IS making a come back according to Wikipedia (see last paragraph in the entry under "History"). But, will it make as many comebacks as Indiana Jones?