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Plain Ol' As Model A Ford Club
Plain Ol' As Model A Ford Club
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Introduction
     The 20ís represented nothing short of a revolution, in terms of womenís fashion.  Before WWI, women crowned their corseted frames with large piles of hair, capped with what were the largest and most flamboyant hats ever seen.  Some hats extended more than a foot beyond the shoulders of the wearer!  After WWI, in what must have seemed like a rejection of traditions, hair was cut quite short.  Beauty was now determined by the curve of the head and a long, shapely neck.   
Women's Hats
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Finding Modern replacements
     Women seem to have an easier time, overall, in coming up with headwear with that "era look."  Cloche and other very close-fitting look-alikes, for example, have been made thorughout the years in a variety of materials.      

     Turbans and Bandeaus are easily constructed from scarves and fabric. 

     Thanks to their popularity in equestrian events and costumes, Bowlers can still be purchased online from many sources, ranging in cost from $25 up to $125
Other Hat Options

     Of course there were some specialty hats, like the derby bowler for the equestrian crowd, but some other choices.  For one thing, they had to come up with a workable hat for the "mature" woman.  Something that would allow them to adopt a a cloche-like design but also give them a place to store their hair.  In the popular catalogs these were normally called hats for "matrons." 

     The Bandeau was also frequently seen for sporting and casual occasions.  The scarf or bandana used could be fairly plain but could also be a fancy shawl with metallic thread (depending on the event) and could be dressed up with a feather or jeweled clasp. 

     There was even a very short-lived (like 3 month!) hat fad in late 1931 -- the "Lady Eugenie" hat.    A "half-helmet" perched rather precariously on the side of the head. 

     Without a doubt, the automobile played a role in hat styles as well.  Ladies now didn't have enough hair to serve as an anchor point for hat pins.  Also, with an increasingly active lifestyle - including dashing about in cars at the unheard of speeds of 50 mph - they needed a hat that would stay on.  So for both beauty and practicality, a hat body that hugs the head clear down to the ears, was the perfect answer.  All you have to do is stick varied width brims on the hat and there you go!  By the way - technically speaking the cloche hat is this "whole head" style with a rather narrow brim.  The cloche and the "Off the face" hat (with the brim turned up in the front) were the most popular designs of the Model A era by far.

The Creeping hat line
     One other interesting change in attitudes and standards effected how much of the face was protected by the hat.  Before WWI, women sported large hats and parasols in part to maintain their fair skin.  After all, only working girls had tans.  In the 20's, women got out of the house,  partipating in sports and touring outings...tanned skin was starting to be looked on as healthy, and even desirable, as a sign of the leisure class.  

     As you look through the hat pictures that follow, you can see this change reflected.  In 1928, the "standard" hat covered the head and hairline - including the eyebrows!  1929 saw hats where the eyebrows were  allowed to peak out.  By 1930, hats were introduced that exposed forehead and even (gasp!) allowed curls to escape along the sides.  1931 continued this trend...with  the front of the hat high enough in some cases that hair was seen at the front.  Remember, though - these aren't "rules" - just trends. 

     So let's see some hat options, because of course it simply wouldn't do to be seen outside without a hat (With the exception of two occassions at the extremes of social activity:  taking care of the housework and attending formal evening events.)  Just to let us share as many examples as we can, we've given each year it's own page...  For each year, we'll show you some hats you might see in a variety of settings.  So follow the links and watch for something fun you might want to wear.

     (You can also see hat options as part of the "Women's Ensemble" pages...)
1928 Hat Styles

1929 Hat Styles

1930 Hat Styles

1931 Hat Styles
1928 Matron

1928 Matron

1931 Nov p389 BB Women Hats Eugenie

1931 Nov p389 BB Women Hats Eugenie

p26 1931-09 WW Women Sport and Bandeau

p26 1931-09 WW Women Sport and Bandeau