The Origin of the Easter Bonnet
Like all fashionable women, I will use any excuse to go shopping. Apparently this is nothing new. Easter Bonnets became a popular tradition as an excuse to buy something new and luxurious for two reasons:
First, women wanted to celebrate the end of lent, a time usually associated with sacrifice or withholding with a splurge and indulgence. What better splurge than to purchase a new hat from the local milliner?
Secondly, wearing a new item of clothing at Easter represented the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual redemption. So the Easter hat or bonnet in this case is a 2 for 1!
The Easter Bonnet’s status was forever cemented into American culture with Irving Berlin’s song “Easter Parade”, about a festive walkabout in New York City that made its way down Fifth Avenue from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The lyrics are:
In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,
you’ll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
Vintage Hats make especially good Easter Bonnets because of their excellent craftsmanship and unique styling, not to mention their affordable price tag. The hat itself went out of favor as more women entered the workforce, but is making a comeback as of late with pop culture icons such as Kate Middleton, The Duchess of Windsor wearing them back into the limelight.In addition to it being a fashionable accessory, the hat is coming back in style because it is a practical way to protect your skin from the sun. Wider brims make bigger statements and give you a portable source of shade! For extra style, look for exotic feathers, colorful ribbons, or any other eye-catching “fascinator.”