This article from the Girl’s Own Paper, Dec 1911, just cracks me up. How could it not!
I’m sure the “Looking good at any age” and “Dressing for your age” articles in modern fashion magazines will be equally hilarious, if not more so, in a century
Clearly the hat fashion for ‘mature’ women in 1911 was a large, square turban-toque style.
I wonder exactly what made these suitable for a woman of 50 (and presumable onward, based on the mention of ‘elderly’ in one caption). Was it just about the shape being considered properly staid, conservative and modest? Or was the shape thought to be more flattering?
Certainly these hats all match the look that Queen Mary was famous for in the latter half of her life. And who was a better guide to respectable taste than the Queen?
What do you think? As a lady of 50 would you wear those hats? Does the whole presentation of the article amuse you just a little? And which is your favourite? (Bags on the toque in the upper-right most corner!)