NATIONAL HAT DAY — JANUARY 15, 2017
Millions will participate in National Hat Day. If you can’t wear a hat you can certainly wear a Hattingdon. That counts just the same insofar as we are concerned. And no “hat hair”!
- Hats may be worn for safety and protection, religious reasons, ceremonial reasons, warmth or fashion.
- In the Middle Ages, hats were an indicator of social status.
- In the military, hats may denote ones nationality, branch of service, rank and/or regiment.
- A Thebes tomb painting depicts one of the first pictorials of a hat. The painting shows a man wearing a conical straw hat.
- Structured hats for women began to be worn in the late 16th century.
- Millinery is the designing and manufacture of hats.
- The term “milliner” derived from the city of Milan, Italy. The best quality hats were made in Milan in the 18th century.
- Millinery began as traditionally a woman’s occupation, as the milliner not only created hats and bonnets but also chose lace, trim and accessories to complete an outfit.
- In the middle of the 1920′s, to replace the bonnets and wide brimmed hats, women began to wear smaller hats that hugged their heads.