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Started by lapsedcat on May 22, 2014 1:27:18 PM
What year was the peak in terms of people wearing hats?

I have no data to support this, but would guesstimate 1951. Elvis had a lot to answer for.

foghorn - 22 May 2014 13:29:40 (#1 of 189)

1945. Mobilisation meant everyone got a hat.

lapsedcat - 22 May 2014 13:33:10 (#2 of 189)

So why did it start to decline in '46? Did George Sanders stop wearing a hat or something?

foghorn - 22 May 2014 13:37:41 (#3 of 189)

Not sure its fair to blame it all on George Sanders.

lapsedcat - 22 May 2014 13:41:30 (#4 of 189)

But you'll agree he may have been a contributing factor?

Heckler - 22 May 2014 13:42:50 (#5 of 189)

I'd say it was before Victoria popped her clogs, no one was properly dressed without a hat in that era (and frankly I'd heartily agree with the sentiment).

SGM1A1 - 22 May 2014 13:46:18 (#6 of 189)

Up until the 1960s, most men would have no more left the house without a hat than they would without trousers

Come the 1960s, however, and the rigid adherence to a code of headgear seemed to fade. Men started going about their business without a hat.

"It was the motorcar. Before cars became common they were a useful item of clothing to keep the weather off," says Christine Smith, manager of the Hat Works hat museum in Stockport, Greater Manchester. "And it was a status symbol - you had the bowler hat and the flat cap. It showed your place in the hierarchy."

gordonthemoron - 22 May 2014 13:47:22 (#7 of 189)

I have 2 stetsons (the hat company rather than the style). One is a bit irishy and may be coming with us to Dublin tomorrow

TommyDGNR8 - 22 May 2014 13:49:23 (#8 of 189)

What makes a hat Irish-y?

lapsedcat - 22 May 2014 13:53:40 (#9 of 189)

Trilby sure, trilby sure...

gordonthemoron - 22 May 2014 13:55:23 (#10 of 189)

sawn off top hat stylee

Tim801 - 22 May 2014 13:56:06 (#11 of 189)

Off the top of my head, I'd say......

gordonthemoron - 22 May 2014 14:01:34 (#12 of 189)

closest I can see on amazon is a pork pie hat but it's different

foghorn - 22 May 2014 14:06:13 (#13 of 189)

browserbutton - 22 May 2014 14:06:22 (#14 of 189)

Photos of striking workers in the 1920s:

MaisonLazlique - 22 May 2014 14:17:53 (#15 of 189)

Peak hat would be in the early C20. Hat wearing declined slightly in the late 20s and 30s as going bareheaded was considered "sporty", and moreso after the war as car use increased. By the mid-50s R&R hairstyles were all the go and that generation never took to hats.

RosyLovelady - 22 May 2014 14:24:51 (#16 of 189)

There were two radio programmes of the 1950s where ladies' hats were often mentioned. One was Mrs Dale's Diary in which the flaky but glam younger sister made a mint out of two hat shops: Stephanie for the rich, Sarah for the poor.

The other was Paul Temple in which rich, glam Mrs Temple ("Steve") enjoyed nothing better than a buying splurge in a hat shop when she wasn't helping to solve crime. Her love of hats was something of a running gag.

foghorn - 22 May 2014 14:25:21 (#17 of 189)

Beatniks finally cast off their berets.

HelenDamnation - 22 May 2014 15:41:16 (#18 of 189)

A 1571 Act of Parliament to stimulate domestic wool consumption and general trade decreed that on Sundays and holidays all males over 6 years of age, except for the nobility and persons of degree, were to wear woollen caps on pain of a fine of three farthings (3/4 pence) per day. This law instituted the flat cap as part of English wear.

MonsoonBloom - 22 May 2014 15:45:37 (#19 of 189)

Today. Although fewer people wear hats they're are so many people alive it's almost certainly today. Right now.

gordonthemoron - 22 May 2014 15:49:20 (#20 of 189)

also cycle helmets

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