Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Hats with Pizazz!

Well, now that we've had all of our Memorial Day celebrations, Summer is officially here! Summer is a great time for trying new antique/junk shops when you are traveling, so I am hoping to see some great things in the upcoming months fro all of the VTT gals. If you have vintage items, you should join us on Thursdays to show off what you've found, inherited, or "appropriated"! Suzanne at Colorado Lady hosts the list of all the Vintage Thingies Thursday participants, just sign up with Mr. Linky and you're in!
As I've stated before, back in the day, before the glories of motherhood, my mom was one of the all-time stylin' young secretary. She was so good at her job that she was "allowed" to continue working even after she got married, AND in the early stages of her first pregnancy. Wasn't that generous of the company? Today I'm showing off some of her summery hats from the mid 1960s. They are all in amazing condition, stored in their individual hatboxes, but NOT in the basement. Nope, they are in the upstairs hall closet!I wore this hat in high school when I dressed as a bag lady for Halloween. I had it crooked on my head and my hair all ratted. At the time I thought it was kind of wacky, but now I really like it. With age came wisdom!
I am absolutely in love with this green polka-dot pillbox! Can you believe it's still white?Check out the gorgeous lining, too!The orange mums completely cover this straw hat, and there's a big orange bow. It's a little kooky, but the matching purse is quite sedate, so maybe in its time it wasn't kooky. I'd carry this purse if it wasn't so small.
I hope you enjoyed visiting my mom's closet once again. I think next week I may have some of her summer jewelry for you to admire!
So what do you think about hats? Do you wear them for special occaisions? I have lots of hats from when I was bald, but I don't wear them anymore because they mess up my hair!

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25 comments:

Coloradolady said...

Elizabeth, Each and every week I can hardly wait to read your post. You HAVE THE BEST treasures and so WELL CARED FOR.

These hats are just darling, I so love them all, but that polka dot one is just as cute as it can be. Wonderful!

This was a super fun post....loved it. Have a great week!

Bea said...

I'm with Suzanne. Just can't wait to see what is hiding in your parents' home. I would so wear the hat with the orange flowers!

LV said...

Good thing you kept the lovely hats as they seem to coming back.

Anonymous said...

Please give Dorothea my regards... and her hats are just adorable. My favorite: the polka dot one!

I cannot get over the loads of neat things your parents have saved over the years. You know, Jake *still* has a recollection of Bogie's basement train set-up! I'd love to see a series of posts on that! ~Kari

Postcardy said...

I am amazed that these are in such great condition and are still around. I remember how my mother had boxes of hats on her closet shelves and department stores had millinery departments.

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

Happy VTT.. i love hats.. the older the hat is, the better.. hehehe and your hats look pretty too! have a great week!

Roslyn said...

I am Vintage Elizabeth & I actually wore all those wacky hats! I would spend 3 weeks wages on a gorgeous hat,lol!

Marie Reed said...

I just adore that polka dot pillbox hat! I am a big hat wearer simply because it rains so much here) I have bunches of goofy vintage fisherman caps. I like to look like a old salt:)

Keetha said...

So interesting. Your mention of your mom being "allowed" to keep working after marriage and EVEN for the first few months of pregnancy reminds me of my Aunt, who had to get married on the sly so she could FINISH nursing school.

All these hats are darling, but that LAST ONE - - - how Audrey Hepburn in "Tiffany"

Jesmi said...

Wonderful!!!,I would so wear the hat with the orange flowers!

mannequin said...

Oh... I just love snooping in your moms closet. How swanky of a dresser she was, I can just imagine..

I have a special fondness myself for pink pillbox hats. Hats just speak tons about the person who wears them, don't they?

Thanks Elizabeth. It's always a fun part of Thursdays, coming over to your place :)

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Wow those hats are lovely.

I am a real hat lover. I always wear them on special occasions, to the races and weddings etc. But I am also trying to wear them more and more in day to day life.

Joyce said...

Not only are the pretty but would be so much fun to wear again. I have so many hats for the beach. I would like to see men wear hats again and I do not mean baseball caps:)
Joyce

ClassyChassy said...

The only hat I've worn this year has been a straw hat while working in the garden! Thanks for sharing these - so cute!

Donna said...

Love your hats! Wish they would come back in style.

Rechelle ~Walnuthaven Cottage~ said...

What great hats and I too think I just fell in love with the green polka dot hat :0)

The Raggedy Girl said...

What great hats. It is so sad that women don't dress up anymore.
The Raggedy Girl

penny-wise people said...

Terrific hats! I love the one with the polka dots - reminds me of a photo my mother has from when I was little, of me in a white dress with navy polka dots.

Trying VTT for the first time this week - what fun to see everyone's treasures!

mub said...

I love love LOVE hats! Unfortunately I don't wear them very often here because they just blow off my head *L* That orange hat is absolutely brilliant, I think stuff like this needs to come back in style!

Jewelgirl said...

These hats are a riot! I enjoyed
every picture! You brightened my day
Thanks! :)+ :)

~~Carol~~ said...

I SO wish that I was the hat-wearing type! It's such a great way to express your personality. Those are cute hats!

Jan Ely said...

Love your hats! I wear a hat on the opening day at the shop I work at! The customers love it!
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Becky said...

Happy VTT!

Those are some very amazing hats!

I have a few vintage hats that I wear. But usually when I plan to wear a hat my hair looks good!

BoxerBrats said...

Oh my gosh! Hat making is such a lost art. My husband's Aunt was a world famous hat maker up until she sold her business in the late 1970's.

How cool that folks are still doing it.

I hope you don't mind me stopping by your blog and asking you to check out an entry I made in a contest over at http://www.theoriginalscrapbox.com/. They are giving away a ScrapDesk.

I would appreciate your time to check out my entry, and maybe even a vote if you are inclined.

Thanks again for sharing the hats. It is so neat to see that isn't a completely lost art!

Laura

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Miri said...

Your Mom was the height! of fashion when she wore the orange shaggy hat and the polka dot pillbox! I remember seeing those in movies but I just can't remember which ones...maybe a Doris Day? Totally 1960s!