To Get Ahead, Get a Hat*

Guest post by my co-author Arlys-Allegra Holloway
Hats were crucial to a respectable appearance for both men and women in Victorian times. To go bareheaded was simply not proper. The top hat, for example, was standard formal wear for upper- and middle-class men. Women’s hats were designed to match their outfits, and changed greatly over time. From the top hat and the bowler to a plain straw hat, women redesigned the “manly head wear”of the time to make artistic one-of-a-kind creations.

* Slogan from hat company advertisement, circa 1897

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To Get Ahead, Get a Hat: See Arlys’ fascinating post on hats in #victorian #fashion #steampunk.