Did you know at one time, wearing a hat was not an option? Hats represented social status. Today, hat wearing is optional for adults and kids, although when it gets cold, wearing a boy or girl winter hat may become a necessity.
I have a hat that I always wear when I visit big cities such as New York, Chicago, or San Francisco. I call it my “tough hat.” That hat gives me some sort of confidence as I walk on the city streets. Last week, I went to a picnic and decided not to wear my “tough hat.” I wore one of my daughter’s pink girls hats instead.
I still have the pink baby girl hat that the hospital put on my daughter when she was born. It was fun for all three of my children to wear kids hats when they were little. Hats are just plain fun!
Some Facts About Hats:
Women once wore bonnets. The bonnets became larger and larger and were decorated with ribbons, flowers, trims, and feathers.
Hats shops were usually owned by women.
Baseball cap type hats are fun to wear and are not just worn in baseball. The stiff lid of a baseball hat is called a bill. The bill protects the wearer’s eyes from the sun and provides some shade.
Most historians believe that some form of a hat must have been the first article of clothing put on by primitive man. It was essential for heads to be covered to protect from the sun or rain.
Until about 1960, men always wore standard dress hats. Even though it is considered okay to not wear a hat today, some men of distinction may still wear hats since hats are and were considered a sign of status.
Kids hats keep children’s heads dry and warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Australian children wear kids hats year-round.
President Truman and President Eisenhower wore small and formal western hats.
Babies lose heat in their heads quite quickly, so a baby or toddler must wear a boy or girl baby hat especially in the winter months. Kids hats for little ones are a necessity, not an option.
Ever wondered… why you should wear a hat in winter? – From The Washington Post
Fashion History of Hats
The author of this article is Jo Ann Schneider Farris, About.com’s Guide to Figure Skating and the mother of three children.
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