|Easter Parade on 5th Avenue, New York 1908|
During the depression of the 1930's, with it's 30% unemployment rate, not many people could afford new clothes, and a new, or refurbished, hat was a much cheaper option. The word bonnet, although used in the 1800s, did not enter into Easter until 1948, with movie musical of 'Easter Parade' by Irving Berlin. 'In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it,' sang by Judy Garland sounded better that "In your Easter Hat, with all the frills and that."
|Easter Parade Poster, 1948|
So now an Easter bonnet is a tradition. And even in Australia we wear, and wore, hats in Autumn.
|Australian Home Journal, 1930|
Some more inspiration:
|1936 - Ginger Rogers in a Lily Dache hat|
|1937 Worth Hat|
|Sears catalogue, 1927|
Or you could try and attract the Easter bunny by looking like a carrot.
For me this would be the perfect outfit for Easter Sunday - a pretty hat with flowers, but not too tizzy, and a dress demure enough for church, but quite stunning. Don't you think?
|Jeune femme aux courses de Longchamp, 1939|
I am off to a cocktail party tonight. How Exciting!