National Hat Day was celebrated on January 15, 2022.
There was a time when no one left their homes without a hat.
Over the decades hats have made a slow descent from their peak in the late 1920’s. The usual explanation for the decline is associated with the introduction of public transit and cars. These vehicles offered protection against inclement weather patterns. Hats were no longer required to keep people warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
I love hats! Why not Celebrate them everyday!
But wait! It seems that hats are making a comeback. Yes! Hats have been rediscovered. Fashion is bringing us new hat ideas to consider for 2022!
Hats hold stories.
Consider Winston Churchill’s Homburg, a felt hat with a curved brim and a dent that runs from front to back with a grosgrain ribbon that forms a band.
Who can forget the Stovepipe hat worn by Abraham Lincoln or the Bonnet that sat on top of St. Thomas More’s head.
I loved the Pillbox that Jackie Kennedy wore. Do you remember the watermelon pink pillbox? Sophistication and glamour combined. My mother, Frances, wore a pillbox that I would try on from time to time.
And then there was Teddy Roosevelt with his Panama Hat. I treasure my Panama Hat!
Fedora, Cowboy, Beanie, Baseball Cap, Bowler, Beret and the list goes on and on. There is a hat of every occasion.
Perhaps it is our gracious Queen Elisabeth II that best exemplifies the way in which to wear a hat. She is the epitome of elegance in her vibrant hats.