Another month, another post on hats for Judith Boyd’s monthly Hat Attack.  Hello again to everyone in the hat loving community!  This post, however, shows a hat that I wouldn’t wear around town, lovely as it is with its tulle covering and navy feather.   Instead this post is a homage to my mother.


I found the hat in Oxfam for the princely price of £1.99, that’s just over 3 US dollars.  Possibly they might have been thinking well, we have to keep it cheap for anyone to buy it, as it is very vintage 50s.  (I bet that in a shop that sold vintage clothes it would have been far more expensive).

But it brings to mind my mother wearing hats exactly like it for special occasions, such as my school’s sports day, when parents dressed up in their Sunday best, or an outing to London to meet her friend for afternoon tea.


She wore hats for years but they were never the large brimmed variety that I like, instead they were always a pillbox size that sat squarely on her head.  Nothing too fancy either but that’s what women of my mother’s ilk wore until in the 60s that fashion faded away.


That’s all for now but do tell me if you have memories of your mother wearing that kind of hat.

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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6 thoughts on “Hatwalk 5 – June 2015

  • 5th June 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I adore this hat, with its tulle covering and feather. I also love the shape, and how it sits on your head like a crown. A lovely tribute to your mother! Thank you for sharing with Hat Attack!

    • 6th June 2015 at 6:00 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, as it’s just great to share hats on your wonderful Stylecrone blog. Yes, the hat is beautiful but genuinely old as there is a little dent in it on the right side, which I think I mainly disguised in the photos. And it’s just the kind of hat my mother would have worn!

  • 5th June 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Really sweet hat, and I agree ‘vintage’ shops. My mum was a fan of Jackie O, so she had a little pillbox. I don’t remember her wearing it much, but I think she took as much pleasure in knowing it was there. Sadly I haven’t got many of her things, but I do have a Rhinestone necklace, my earliest memory is seeing the reflections of light from it as she stood in front of a mirror putting her lippy on.

    • 6th June 2015 at 6:04 am

      Oh yes, Jackie O, what style! I too have that memory of my mother sitting in front of her dressing table mirror putting her on ‘face’, which always included a deep red Helena Rubenstein lipstick. Thank you so much for your comment x

  • 6th June 2015 at 12:33 pm

    Your nail varnish really brings the colour palette together.
    And why won’t you be wearing the hat around town? This is how the trend will start…

    • 10th June 2015 at 7:02 am

      Umm, well, I will think about it Laura, but really a wide-brimmed hat looks better on me! Nail varnish is a gel in Pink Explosion x

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