Cocktail hat

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A cocktail hat

A cocktail hat is a small, extravagant, and typically brimless hat for a woman.[1] It is usually a component of evening wear and is intended as an alternative to a large-brimmed hat.[2] These hats are often decorated with beads, jewels or feathers, as well as a veil or netting.[3] Cocktail hats were most popular between the 1930s and 1960s.[4]

Some fashion historians think that cocktail hats were the precursor to fascinators, hairpieces worn on the side of the head that gained popularity in the 1970s,[5][1] while others argue that fascinators were worn during the day and cocktail hats in the late afternoon or evening. Unlike a fascinator, a cocktail hat has a fully formed and visible base.[4]

Cocktail hats can be of many shapes, ranging from modeled wool or felt or shaped straw to softer, turban-like constructions.[6][7]

See also[edit]

Similar women's hats:


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  2. ^ "Cocktail Hats-Fascinators-Hair Accessories-Headpieces- Vintage Style Files". 2009-03-24. Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  3. ^ "Cocktail Hats". Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  4. ^ a b HatQueen (2014-01-06). "Hat Types: The Cocktail". Royal Hats. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  5. ^ "History of fascinator hats". V is for Vintage. August 30, 2012. Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  6. ^ "Millinery". Retrieved 2019-06-18.
  7. ^ Balenciaga, Cristóbal (1960). "Cocktail Hat". Digital Library. Retrieved 2019-06-18.