I could see Doris Day in this, about 1960, or a dressed-up Twiggy in 1965. I suspect that the first guess is more accurate, but you can see some modern elements starting to show as fashion began saying good-bye to tradition. Kind of between a toque and a pillbox style.
The fabric is more modern, too, with sparkly threads, but the construction is very traditional. The color is fresh and definitely says Spring or even Easter. It was a fun hat for women who still bowed to convention, at least on special occasions, but didn’t feel enslaved by it.
Perhaps it was a more mass-produced item, since there is no label from a small designer or specialty shop. Probably it’s owner picked it up in a department store or women’s clothing chain store. Specialty hat-makers were on the decline as demand for ladies’ hats began to fall even more than it already had.
Big things were happening in women’s world then . . . . . .
MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY
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