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Monde Shops 12 August 2021

Headwear Throughout the Ages

Because no outfit is truly complete without a crowning statement piece.

The past is one of the best places to look for inspiration for a future outfit. With whimsical, iconic and time-bending looks to steal from the past - today's headwear wearing crowd have a lot to be excited about. While trends these days have become quick and fast, following style moments from the decades listed below won’t leave you feeling behind, in fact you may even be considered fashion-forward.


Words By Olivia Davendra

The 1920's

Let’s time travel a little further back than the last half of the previous century to the 1920’s, before we zoom towards the much more easily remembered 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

This decade of fashion cannot be described without the mention of the iconic costumes of The Great Gatsby.

Elegance, opulence and fine tailoring could define both the era and the film’s costuming.

The 20s have been romanticised by the fashion industry for decades.

It’s nostalgic glamour and charm is found in the decade’s headwear styles as well as the blurry photographs that are left today.

This fashion legacy was in part due to the decade’s glamorous hairstyles and hair pieces.

This was a time when men’s hats were smart and the women wore jewels in their hair.

For those seeking something dramatic and slightly costum-ey or even subtle and romantic it’s the perfect decade to mine from.

The 1960's

The sixties were an impressive ten years for headwear.

From Jackie Kennedy’s pillbox hats and Cher’s beaded hair, the ten years that aligned with many revolutions and stunning hair moments.

And even though the decade ended 50 years ago, that doesn’t mean we can’t wear the looks today.

Some of the iconic sixties style can be worn to fancy events like to the races for some vintage flair or other pieces can be worn to subtly signal the era.

The best part of headwear from those ten years has to be their versatility.

Headbands, headscarves and unique hat shapes can be easily used to dress up or dress down your outfits for either something modern or for some vintage flair.

The 1970's

Today, those who loved through or were born years after will remember the seventies for it’s sunshine filled days.

And with sunshine, of course, comes amazing sun hats.

The decade saw a shift from ultra formal and up-kept styles from the early half of the century to something more freeing and inspired by nature.

We see that today in the stunning photos of glamorous actresses wearing memorable hats and lavish scarfs.

Utilising those styles today would be a breeze as the seventies is one big inspiration pot for the fashion conscious.

I would call it a trend but the hold the decade has on us is definitely more than just a trend.

So in hopes of an eternal summer, why not grab a show stopping sunhat to mesmerize the crowds.

The 1980's

The eighties are a decade that can be defined simply with one word: fun.

It’s a decade that doesn’t get the dreamy nostalgia of the previous decade but it does signal a shift in society’s sartorial choices, a move towards adventure.

When looking at headwear of the decade some may be overwhelmed but those who dare have the confidence to wear the funky colours, patterns, and fabrics on the crown of their heads will definitely turn heads in today’s contemporary world.

Headwear from this generation will take a creative mind to style but the payoff will be immense once you walk the streets with a hat that would make an early in her career Madonna proud.

Very en Vogue!

The 1990's

Did the enduring fashion of the nineties ever really end?

From fur bucket hats to caps the ten years that lead us to this millennia was nothing short of iconic.

Taking direct inspiration from those years will definitely be easy as the decade’s major trends are still readily available today.

With brands bringing caps, headbands, and furry hats back with some modern flair.

Although this decade is probably the easiest to replicate in terms of headwear, that doesn’t make the decade’s hat game or those who are currently taking inspiration from that game to be any less impressive.

Memorable headwear trends from this decade spans all the seasons and that makes it a truly honourable decade to follow when you want something more than just wind to sit in your hair.