1940s Hats History

The 1940s hats continued the popular styles of the 1930s and added berets, beanie hats, headscarves and snood these new elements to the casual headwear. The women’s hats of the 1940s were mainly from different historical periods and came in a variety of styles.

Although 1940s hats were not rationed during war time, as luxury goods, they were taxed at 33 percent. Good materials were scarce, so hat makers were turning to unusual decoration materials and recycling upholstery fabrics. For most civilians, it was very common to go out without wearing a hat, especially at sports, leisure activities and evening parties. Berets, small doll hats and headscarves were simple headgear that can be worn for any occasion.

Many hats from the 1940s were modified from the 1930s, for example, with fewer trims but more masculine styles: flat boaters, upturn sailors, pancake berets, knit turban, toque, fedoras, and bowlers. Instead of an elastic chin strap, 1940s hats were held in place by rubber combs, clips or bobby pins which being attached to the hair.

The 1940s newer small hat styles were chaplets or curvettes, which were decorated with flowers, ribbons, sequins and partial veils without exotic feathers. In 1941, the National Audubon Society and Feathers Industries of America reached an agreement to ban the use of wild bird feathers in women’s hats. Most of the materials were simple, which made of fabric, velvet ribbons and costume jewels with just one feather added to the hat.   

Unlike clothes, hats were not dull in color. There were many colors of hats used in different seasons. Red, orange, pink, green and yellow were the colors of summer. Dark blue, brown, dark green and black were autumn time essentials. The 1940s hats meant to soothe melancholy, cheer broken hearts and bring creative style to otherwise prosaic silhouettes. In difficult times, hats were seen as a morale booster. Here are some hats at that time. Let’s see them together.

A beret is a flat felt hat perched on a narrow band. It can sit flat on the head or at a slight angle. The shape of the beret created many styles of hats. Berets come in many colors, and the most common colors were blue, green, brown and red.

In the late 1940s, people also wore pillbox hats as part of the new look. Pillbox hats were refined and elegant. It was usually unadorned, except perhaps with a gauze mesh on the front to cover the eyes. It can be worn either on top of the head or at an angle, and can be held in place with hatpins. The pillbox hat can be worn with anything from day to night, with a more sophisticated style and more elaborate decor. By the 1950s, it became an icon of the era.

Victorian hats reappeared in the mid-40s and were known as cartwheel hats. It was usually worn in summer. The brim of the hat was large and stiff, the hats were practical and stylish. The width balances the new silhouette of the late 1940s. The 1940s hats had little decoration, with at most a long ribbon and bow tied around the crown.

In conclusion, women’s hats have been developed for many types and styles. Nowadays, hats like a fedora hat, flats hat, bucket hat, baseball cap and other hats have been worn by many fashionable women. Hats have become an accessory for them.

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