In the 1920s and until shortly after World War II, no proper woman left the house, even to grocery shop, without a hat. I remember watching Aunt Edith, when we were preparing to go out together, adjusting that day’s hat just so, attaching it with a fabulously jeweled hatpin, then turning to and fro in the mirror to be certain it was perfectly placed. I liked the elegance of that ritual. I wish we still wore hats.
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airchild @ 2003-08-25 said:
Really beautiful portrait, and lovely account of the hat-wearing ritual. It was indeed very charming, wasn’t it?
rosarosa @ 2003-08-25 said:
Did they weare gloves also? And what about cigarettes? Would women then, smoke with or without gloves or not at all? I’m now writing a story about that time, so…
ronni @ 2003-08-25 said:
Oh, yes, rosarosa. Gloves were an important accessory to a woman’s wardrobe until the 1950s, and not necessarily for warmth. The length of the gloves for different circumstances - casual, formal, business, evening, etc. - was an important matter and it was a fairly serious faux pas to wear an inappropriate length or style for the occasion.
There were rules (have no idea who made these rules) too about proper removal of gloves, when to remove them to shake hands and when not to. Some women wore jewelry - rings or bracelets - over their gloves. I don’t know if there was a rule or custom about smoking with gloves, but I remember seeing women do so. Men, in those days, made as much a point to light women’s cigarettes (there is a great scene showing how sexy this could be with Bette Davis and Paul Henreid in the movie, Now, Voyager) as they did to open doors.
rosarosa @ 2003-09-01 said:
Thanks, ronni. I couldn’t find you back for a while! Incredible, unbelievable. And such a short time ago, really.