On my trip to Colonial Williamsburg this week, I decided to be bold and attempt to underpack. The idea of wearing a different or new dress every day is a modern one, a difficult one to break, but is it really so “bad” to wear the same gown more than once?
As it stands, I have five outfits for five days, but depending on the weather I may be wearing the Chemise or the cotton jacket more than once. I like contingency, but I hate heavy luggage.
One thing that will be consistent, though, is my headgear.
Enter the Market Hat.
Market hats, or bonnets, were worn for the last thirty years of the 18th c., and well into the Regency period, changing little in design due to sheer practicality. They could be worn over high hair, wide hair, or just a cap, and were excellent sun protection, the black fabric shielding the eyes from glare.
I have one waiting for me as a gift (made from this pattern), and I’m super excited! It somehow pairs perfectly with everything I’m taking for outfits, and also matches all of my accessories.
Here are some primary source examples:
|Chemise Grecque – October 1789, from the Journal des Luxus und der Moden
Many more prints and examples can be seen on Maggie’s Pinterest board here.
A few excellent modern recreations:
Bonnets Ready-Made to Purchase:
Fashions Revisited – three market hat styles for the 1770s-80s and 90s. $85-$95
Arachneattire on Etsy – 18th century and Regency bonnets in a variety of colors. $70-$80
Undressing the Historical Lady on Etsy – $20 – instant download
At the Sign of the Golden Scissors – $15