Walk into any antique shop in the country and there is sure to be a selection of vintage hats. Considering that most women stopped wearing them in the late 1960s, it is a wonder that so many of them survive. Hats take up a lot of storage space, and you would think they would have all been thrown out in an effort to gain closet space. Perhaps many women kept thinking that hats would make a comeback, and so were reluctant to toss them. And I’m sure that many were saved due to sentimental reasons.
The shops are full of church hats, cocktail hats, and sun hats, but a bit harder to find is the lowly sports cap. Like other sportswear, they received hard use. I’ve found a few that were in seriously sad condition with dirt and sweat stains. I imagine that most of them that reached that level of use were simply thrown away.
This 1950s cap must have belonged to a woman who preferred the indoors, as it shows few signs of wear. Maybe it was bought out of necessity on a beach vacation (note shell decorations).
This cap appears to have been homemade. It provides some serious shade, but style is not forgotten:
I have another homemade one from the 1930s, and two that are from the 1950s and are similar to the one at the top of this post. These 1950s caps look an awful lot like the baseball cap, but often with a smaller brim.
Here are a few ads from the early 1950s.
“Perfect loafing costume…”
These cute little caps were made from Cannon terry cloth.
I’m not going to lie. I want that plaid Pendleton cap. I also want the handbag.