V96: The 1780s/1910s Double-Period Hat

Apr 5, 2012 7 comments
A few posts ago I staked lampshade style bonnets of the 1780s against similar chapeaus of the 1910s.  My idea was to see if one hat could be used for both periods, and here is the result:

Black silk bonnet with "muffin top," a la 1780s
Black silk bonnet with "muffin top," a la 1910s
I'm really happy with how this one bonnet looks with both outfits.  I didn't change the feathers or trims, but for a different look, it would be so easy to add a veil-tail to the back and some standing plumes, for the 1780s, or some french plumes and a big ribbon flourish for the 1910s.


  1. That is perfect! It's funny...when I saw the top picture, I thought, "that is so 18th century." Then I scrolled down and thought, "wow, that is so 20th century!" Great job! I think it is absolutely perfect in both respects!

  2. This does look amazing! It's interesting how fashion tends to repeat itself.

  3. Proves that styles can and do come back.

  4. I was just at the thrift store yesterday trying to figure out if I could get a straw hat and make it work for both of these periods! Except that I was also hoping to squeeze Ren Faire into it too. Hmmm, that might be asking a bit much of one hat...

    Thanks for sharing your hat(s)!

    1. I bet you could go three periods if you're really careful. It would depend on the trims - what about those small straw hats that turn down at the front and up at the back a little? Don't those make an appearance in soe Brueghel paintings? You could totally wear a hat like that for 18th c. and 1870s, too :-D


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