When did you get that hat? My guess—ca. 1938

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If ever there was a time for wild hats, it was the late 1930s.  Life magazine even did a special spread on hat madness in late 1937 called “Anything Goes as a Hat for a Woman.” It featured gloves, huge flowers, and gigantic bows on headgear, in addition to Schiaparelli’s famous shoe hat.  I thought the shape of the hat above resembled one called a “felt catchall.”

Life magazine, November 22 1937

So the hat in my photograph has a late 1930s look, but what about the clothes? The skirt length seemed to be from about 1938, but the straight silhouette didn’t quite fit my image of the era.

1930s Fashion: The Definitive Sourcebook. Click to enlarge

However, then I found this image from 1938 that was a close match the shape of the jacket and, to some degree, the skirt.

To add icing to the cake, Witness2Fashion featured a wonderful post on spectator shoes from that same year.  Some are similar to the ones my lady is wearing.

So I think this stylish woman was heading out to lunch around 1938. What do you say?


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1 Response to When did you get that hat? My guess—ca. 1938

  1. eimear says:

    when I was a child in the 70s all ladies wore hats to mass on sunday – and headscarves were still ‘a thing’ – funny how hats have fallen by the wayside a bit – and if you are to buy a hat now its hard to get certain styles (to my mind) – my aunt is short and would forever give-out that she could not get a pill-box style (in the 90s as she used have to go to an annual horserace to present a prize) – in the end I offered to recover one she had……

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