Thursday, February 7, 2019

Some OH MY'S!!!!

Oh my, I'm so happy it's going to be warm day today! 

Oh my, I'm so happy we just put an offer in on a condo on the beach and it was accepted! Move in March 6th! 

Oh my, I'm thinking of the day 19 years ago when our youngest daughter, our baby got married! They are a match made in heaven! 

Oh my, I'm looking at just a few of my mom's hats....so fun to imagine where she was going when she was wearing these pretty hats! I'm looking for pictures. 











I just love this cute picture of my mom!

Need to scoot. 
You know, stuff is waiting to get done! 
Blogging is more fun though! 
Have a great day! 

XO


Here's a great read if you have some time! 

The Demise of Hat Wearing

Etiquette and formality have played their part in hat wearing.  At the turn of the 20th century in 1900, both men and women changed their hats dependent on their activity, but for many ladies of some social standing it would be several times a day. 
Etiquette articles suggest that it would be A disgraceful act to venture out of the house without a hat or even gloves.  One record tells of a young lady venturing out to post a letter without her hat and gloves and being severely reprimanded for not being appropriately dressed.  The post box was situated a few yards from her front garden gate.
In the Edwardian age it did not matter if you were poor or rich, old or a child, whatever the status a person wore a hat, only beggars went bareheaded.  Even militant suffragettes did not campaign without a hat.  The hat would be fairly functional in style and form, but a hat was still worn.

Hat Decline After WarsWomen - Military Influenced Hat 1918

Once the Great War of 1914-18 began, fashion was influenced by the new wartime employment activities women had to engage in and the need for more practical utilitarian dress could not help but filter into what there was of mainstream fashion.  Uniforms were everywhere as women did jobs once done Before the Great War being in service as servants was the usual employment for most women as housemaids, cooks or seamstresses.  Choice had opened up in the last two decades and slowly some had become shop workers at the new emerging department stores and the more technically minded had become stenographers or telephonists.  Women began to seriously participate in sports and needed clothes to move freely.  Fashion adapted to their needs providing outfits or golf, climbing, skating, dancing, keep-fit, swimming and cycling.

Right - 1918 Military Influenced Hat
Before the Great War being in service as servants was the usual employment for most women as housemaids, cooks or seamstresses.  Choice had opened up in the last two decades and slowly some had become shop workers at the new emerging department stores and the more technically minded had become stenographers or telephonists.  Women began to seriously participate in sports and needed clothes to move freely.  Fashion adapted to their needs providing outfits for golf, climbing, skating, dancing, keep-fit, swimming and cycling. You can read about hat fashion of the 1900-1920 era here.
Then when the Second World War 1939-45 started, hats became less practical as people had to rush to air raid shelters and they would literally drop everything.  Barriers of etiquette became broken down and although hats were not rationed in order to boost morale their wearing decreased. 
Hats that were worn were generally practical and often homemade knitted warm hats, berets and hoods.  Fast hats were formed as women tied headscarves into an instant hat such as a turban.  Designers produced various new styles, but many only became universally popular after the war finished. You can read about hat fashion of the 1930s here.
Then when the Second World War 1939-45 started, hats became less practical as people had to rush to air raid shelters and they would literally drop everything.  Barriers of etiquette became broken down and although hats were not rationed in order to boost morale their wearing decreased. 
Hats that were worn were generally practical and often homemade knitted warm hats, berets and hoods.  Fast hats were formed as women tied headscarves into an instant hat such as a turban.  Designers produced various new styles, but many only became universally popular after the war finished. You can read about hat fashion of the 1930s here.Hats for Occasions
As the years have passed hats have slowly lost favor, even for weddings and worship with only a proportion of the congregations donning them.  They have never been worn universally since the 1920,s.  They were popular again in the 1980,s for weddings and special occasions after the Princess of Wales, Diana used them to add a sense of sophistication to her persona in the early days of her marriage.  Once she found her confidence she abandoned hats for most occasions. 
Hats when worn today are either worn for a special dressy occasion such as a wedding or conversely as casual statement attire in the way that caps might be worn the wrong way around.  Functional hats are still used by uniformed workers for corporate identity or protection as well as by many individuals in inclement weather.  Individuals wear fur hats or simple fleece beanie hats in very cold weather and use sunhats in very sunny weather.  Those who cannot bear a hat unwittingly adopt a hat form built into a garment, as in a hoodie casual zip top.
It is unlikely that the hat will ever die as an accessory as it offers far too much potential for drawing attention to the face.  Fashion designers are aware of this and every so often exploit this fact in the hope that fashion followers will adopt the hat. In the world of logos, branding and status symbols the hat is an easy and usually less costly item to purchase from a design house and can make them a great deal of money if a particular item catches the imagination of the public.  Often it advertises the company name.
Unfortunately the fact that a hat being relatively small is more easily affordable by the masses, means that every so often an item like the Burberry cap found itself eventually banned from certain social venues as it became associated with poor street and pub and club behaviour.  Recently Burberry withdrew this hat in order to disassociate itself from those who wore it as a uniform that gave the message bad boys!

15 comments:

  1. Such gorgeous hats! And in such good condition! I imagine your mom was a lot of fun!

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  2. Hello, they are all pretty hats. Love the photo of your pretty Mom. Congrats on the beach condo.
    Have a happy day and weekend ahead.

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  3. Interesting about the hats. I remember when a child women wore hats everywhere. Wishing they'd make a come-back. Congrats on the condo. Looking forward to pics...and happy anniversary to those two young'ins.

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  4. I love all of your Oh My's!!
    What a creative idea for a blog post.
    And your mother's hats are wonderful-
    so stylish- just like her:)

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  5. Hi Nancy!! Congratulations on your beach home. Is it in Galveston? We've just bought a house and haven't got really moved in yet but we staying in it never the less. I love the old hats. As a little girl, every Easter I got a new little hat and gloves! Hope you're doing well. We still need to get together after I get settled down a bit.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  6. Wow the hats look amazing. I remember my mother having hat boxes and boxes for some better clothing items. We used to help her change out her purse to match her shoes when she was going out! Times sure have changed! Happy Anniversary wishes to your loved ones and congratulations on the condo! Are you leaving the home you are in or getting a 2nd home? Being by the water sounds like a dream!

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  7. Your mom had so many stylish hats. Love that first one with the diamond brooch. And a sweet picture of her. It reminds me of the time I took a picture with my son when he was a baby, and I was wearing a big hat just like the one you're mom is wearing. Thanks for the memories, Nancy.

    I'm sure glad you're back blogging. I remember you having such wonderful posts. : )

    ~Sheri

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  8. Love your oh my’s . ❤️ Hugs and blessings , Cindy

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  9. Oh, my, I'd love to see photos of your mom in those hats. I'm impressed that you have all these lovely hats. I'm a hat person, hats to keep my head and ears warm and hats to keep the sun off my face.

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  10. A condo on the beach....sounds wonderful! I know you'll love spending time there! Can't wait to hear more about it and see pics! Love the hats. I sometimes wish we dressed up more...gloves and hats look so pretty. Enjoy your day! Hugs!

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  11. Those hats are darling! I'm so glad you shared them -- and the hats through time text! Very interesting!

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  12. Nancy,
    Congratulations on your new home!
    Hats. . .does anyone wear them any more?
    I remember wearing a hat at Easter as a child.
    I, also, remember the Church Ladies wearing them at Worship as a Youth.
    This post gave me a stroll down memory lane.
    Great post. . .Great news!
    Pat

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  13. Your mom's hats are very charming. I am a hat lady, it is a health issue to keep the sun off my head and face, but I also like the look. That is interesting info about the history of the hat.

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  14. Congratulations on your condo, enjoy!! Love all these hats too :-) Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    Blessings,
    Jill

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  15. Oh those hats are GORGEOUS, especially love the picture of your Mother in her hat:) SWEET memories! YEAH on the condo, that sounds like loads of fun. Have a beautiful day dear Nancy, HUGS!

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Nancy