During the 1950’s hats were worn daily by almost all women, it was a part of their attire as was a pair of gloves. 1950’s hats ranged in size and design, there were several styles for women to choose from.
The styles ranged widely. The brims could be wide or narrow, no brims, high or low crowns. They wore capulets, half hats, pillbox hats and perching hats, and all were very popular. They were secured to the head using elastics, combs and clips.
The materials they were made from also varied, straw, raffia, wool felt for the winter, velvet, silk and satin. The hats were often decorated, sometimes with flowers, veils, netting and ribbons.
Each lady would have a hat to match her accessories, or vice versa, handbags were chosen carefully to complete the outfit. It was lucky to have a coin in the bag. Hats were made in a variety of colours for all seasons.
Cloche hats were once again popular during the 50’s. The hats resembled, some might say, an up turned bucket hat and were not similar in many ways to those made during the 20’s. Their trims were angled and quite simple, whilst the hats were made from felt similar to 30 years earlier, they were also made from textured furs and soft velvet. As with many hats from this era, a simple velvet band decorated with a small bow or pin was very fashionable and easy to wear. The cloches themselves varied in style from the early 50’s to the later years of this decade.
A very popular style of hat worn from the early part of the decade until the mid 50’s were small hats or caps which covered the back of the head to almost the front of the head depending on the individual style. They fitted comfortably often held on with a pair or single hat pin if the wire within the half hat gripped insufficiently well. The hats were either unlined in side or had a satin lining. The hat structure was made from Paris netting which enabled milliners to drape the fabric covering the half hat easily. Due to the size and simplicity of the hat they were both light and comfortable. These hats were also known as capulets or Juliette caps.