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The Little Black Cocktail Hat

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We all know that fashion changes and almost nothing more so than the fashion of hats. Those charming and sometimes absurd creations we balance on the top of our well coiffed heads. From Victorian times up until the mid 20th century hats were a must. No self respecting fashion plate would be seen without one.

Modern hats went from being the overdone floral, feathered and ribboned concoctions of the Victorian and Edwardian era to the more spare, sculptural and minimal of the mid 20th century.

In this post I’d like to focus on the more spare and sculptural hats of the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s. Cocktail hats to be more specific. I’ve always enjoyed the classic black cocktail hat of that period. Many of these are like little sculptures, titled, bent, tortured works of satin, felt, raffia or straw.

It’s not too late in the party season to don a neat cocktail hat for an evening out.

Check out these sweet hats I’ve selected that are currently available from various Etsy dealers.

I hope you enjoy… let me know what you think!

Vintage 1940s Deco Womens Black Cocktail Hat

Vintage 1940s Deco Womens Black Cocktail Hat from marvita13

Vintage 1950s Mr. Arnold Womens Black Pill Box Cocktail Hat

Vintage 1950s Mr. Arnold Womens Black Pill Box Cocktail Hat from marvita13

VINTAGE COCKTAIL HAT BLACK with VEIL FEATHERS and SEQUINS

VINTAGE COCKTAIL HAT BLACK with VEIL FEATHERS and SEQUINS from SheriesVintageJewels

Mysterious Lady 30s 40s Black Ostrich Feather Hat Evelynvaron

Mysterious Lady 30s 40s Black Ostrich Feather Hat Evelynvaron from tammym1972

 crazy little 1950s atomic era hat by Shorlon

crazy little 1950s atomic era hat by Shorlon from Tottie Vintage

Black and Purple Straw Accordian Hat
Okay, it's not completely black and I am not certain of its age... but is definitely deserving of a Slap Me Fabulous special mention!

Black and Purple Straw Accordion Hat from Sana Chante

2 thoughts on “The Little Black Cocktail Hat

  1. OMG! I just love that purple springy business! What were they thinking? So totally bizarre!

  2. MARVELOUS, SOPHISTICATED, OUT OF CONTROL…THAT’S VINTAGE! LOVE IT. THANKS FOR ALL THE GREAT HATS.

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