Tag: Hats

Why don’t we wear long, satin gloves anymore

A while ago I wrote a blog entry about the decline of the hat as an expected fashion accessory. I like wearing hats but not many people these days wear hats and it is certainly not expected, except at weddings and while attending horse races. When did the hat die out? I suspect it was the 1970s.

If only men dressed like this nowadays

If only men dressed like this nowadays

Now, I am questioning the death (not even decline, but death) of the silk gloves.

Why don't we wear these to the shops now?

Why don’t we wear these to the shops now?

This evening we started watching this film (a charity shop purchase, and a mistake – despite its star cast and amazon star rating it is laughingly bad), and the film is set in the 1950s. In the 1950s ladies wore long, satin gloves to leave the house. So today’s weird thought is: what ever happened to long, satin gloves? Why don’t we leave the house wearing them in the year 2015? Why do we only wear gloves in the winter, and only short wooly ones at that? I’d love to go out wearing long, satin gloves. Why did this fashion happen before I was born? It seems so unfair. I don’t think I’ve even tried some on. I would like to at least try some on.

Interestingly, one can easily purchase long, satin gloves on the Internet. I think they are only for a particular style of wedding (1950s themed, obviously) and for fancy dress.

I think I might have to put ‘pair of long, satin gloves’ on my Christmas list this year. I want some grey ones please. Perhaps I could bring them back into fashion? Single handedly.

 

 

 

Wear have all the hats gone?

I’m sitting here watching Turner, which is about the great artist J. M. W. Turner, and is set in The Past (at the turn of the nineteenth century of thereabouts). Just now a weird thought has popped into my head: why don’t we wear hats anymore, except at weddings and perhaps when it is really cold? Or of course when our heads are in danger of damage.Where have all the hats gone?

I am a bit of an exception because I wear hats. I love hats. I have lots of hats. I have a couple of bowler hats and lots of flat caps. I have a few wooly hats too. However, not many people share my enthusiasm for hats. Not many people wear hats these days. Why is that? When did the hat fall out of fashion? Or I should ask, when did hats stop being a part of our normal everyday attire?

Me in a hat

Me in a hat

Me in another hat (or is it the same hat?)

Me in another hat (or is it the same hat?)

According to that oracle of all knowledge, the Internet, hats fell out of  favour with the invention and popular use of the motor car. Once people stopped riding horses and started riding in cars, they had no need to keep their heads warm for any length of time. Perhaps the change is less clear-cut than that. Perhaps it just stopped being fashionable to wear a hat (and cheaper). Maybe, as the climate has warmed, we’ve felt less of a need for a warm head. Or, even perhaps, it is just one less thing to put on when we go out. We’re unlikely to sacrifice our pants and clothes, or our shoes or coat, or even our gloves, so the hat is the natural first casualty.

I’d like to see men walking around in top hats or bowlers again. I think they look very handsome. And surely those who feel concerned about being follicaly-challenged, with any worries about not being able to attract the opposite sex, would welcome the common wearing of hats again?

 

If only men dressed like this nowadays

If only men dressed like this nowadays

It is my ambition (one of my many ambitions) to get people wearing hats again. I wonder if I will succeed?