More Millinery

Victorian Kitty at Sophistique Noir is hosting another blogging event. This month the theme is hats and fascinators.

I had so much fun participating in Red and Black Week, I thought I would join in again.  As it happens, I have been thinking a lot about hats lately.

A few weeks ago, my grandparents had to move out of their home to go to a place where they can get more care.  The entire event was very sad and depressing, as those things tend to be.  But during the packing process, I stumbled upon my grandmother’s hat collection from the 1950s and 60s.  It was an amazing find — more than a dozen hats, each one in its box, and most in pristine condition.

While a number of the hats were black, I thought I would post a few of the brighter ones.

Here are two of the green ones —

The first one is halo-style velvet hat, probably from the 1950s or 1960’s.  It has matching netting and a velvet double bow.  The accents on the netting are shaped like little flowers.

The velvet is a little squished, but can probably be easily fixed.

And here are my favorite green shoes and bangles that happened to match perfectly.

The other green hat is wool.  It was over 100 degrees when I took these photographs and my air conditioning was out, so there was no way I was putting this hat on.  This hat is probably a “bucket” hat from the 60s.  I am especially fond of it as it reminds me of the cloche hats that were so popular in the 1920s.

Below is my favorite hat from the collection.  This one is likely from the 1950s.  The wearer is supposed to tuck her hair into the hat so as to give the impression that she has blue-feathered hair.  Awesome.  Something about women in the 1950s and 60s desiring outrageously bright-colored hair makes me smile.

One of my favorite blue necklaces.

Here is me with blue feathered hair.

I even like the boxes.


~ by siouxsielaw on August 1, 2011.

28 Responses to “More Millinery”

  1. *faint* *SWOON* Oh I love, love, love the green ones. The second one is my favorite. I love the way it’s so fuzzy and the shape is just beautiful.

    Are those shoes Fluevogs? The green is gorgeous. I see you have a thing for green — the walls. I’m a sucker for color, as you can see from my own walls. The first thing I do when I move into an apartment is paint the walls the color I want, usually some form of sunset yellow-orange.

    Beautiful. I can’t wait for more!!!

    • Aww thanks! I didn’t realize how much I liked green until I saw these photos. My first draft of the post included a defensive disclaimer about the amount of green. And I’m just like you, I need color on my walls. Though, I’m about to paint my dining room black.

      The shoes are Fluevogs! I don’t remember the name of these particular ones. They are probably 10 years old (I bought them when I was five).

  2. I love love love that blue feathered hat. I would love love love to have that exact colour hair even more, though!

  3. The hats and outfits look great. Spooky and retro.

  4. Lovely, lovely. I have a hat quite similar to your green one, however it is brown, and I daresay not as pretty. The feathered hat tickles me pink, or blue I suppose. ^^

  5. Mmmmm .. green and blue ..

    Huh, never knew that about the 50s – 60s and hats. But it doesn’t surprise me that much. 😛

  6. Okay, I am so jealous right now. What a wonderfully lucky find! It’s so awesome that your grandmother kept all of her old hats, and especially that she preserved them so well!! Great job coordinating your outfits and nails with the colors of the hats, too!

    I keep scrolling back up to try and decide which is my favorite, but I just can’t choose! Maybe the first one, as I am a sucker for veils.

    Thank you for participating!! 🙂

  7. Thanks! And thanks again for hosting. This was really fun.

  8. What wonderful hats and outfits. Also, it appears that you have an extremely lovely profile too.

    And now I have what can only be described as a nascent desire for net.

  9. Those really are stunning, and they have the extra value of nostalgia. I have a few pieces left to me by my grandmother, and I love wearing them. Actually, I just hate wasting beautiful vintage things in general. So congrats!

  10. Love both those hats…and the green shoes (and nail polish, top, bangles)!! Lovely items all. My hair at the moment IS quite like the feathered hat actually 🙂

  11. Lovely hats! What a great find!
    I also like what I see of your haircut.

  12. Oooo, the green hats are wicked! Acidic & tart.

  13. I love your style

  14. *GASP* Oh my gosh, these are AMAZING! I love the colours! I can’t even decide which one I like best. I am so so jealous!

  15. Sorry rather behind and catching up on your fab blog 🙂 Absolutely gorgeous hats, shoes, boxes…well whole outfits really. What a fantastic find!

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