Glory days of films.....picture this: every single star, starlet, hopefull, extra, and tourist wearing a hat on the back lot of a movie. Stars had major hats designed for their particular image, and character, but even the extras sported fanciful concoctions, given the wardrobe mistress, and the scene.
Eve Arden, in "Cover Girl", starring Gene Kelly and Rita Hayworth, wore some of the most desirable 1940's dolls hats on screen, outside of "The Women"...from feather to flower, her color combos were on the money, and pitched for glorious technospectocolorific brilliance. Headpieces abounded, since it all took place in a Brooklyn nightclub/bistro, and the chorus girls had to wear something , after all.
Silly hats were frequent in the War years, since folks needed cheering up on any front possible. Humor, wit, and design wisdom compounded to create an eras worth of unbounding joy in the hat world.....more seen in the WWII era than had been around since the Gilded Age. Hats became accessories not just to the outfit, but to the hairdo, and to the face.......stars created their characters based on silly hats.........Myrna Loy in "The Thin Man" series of the 1930's had established the talisman of the hat for actesses, well and good.
Hats are not the same as headpieces, though........in our modern society, anything beyond the norm can be viewed as a headpiece.......not so, ceiling watchers, not so.........a headpiece is something for a specific occasion, such as: wedding, costume accessory, performance piece. An out of the box hat can be just as normal to the wearer, if she is used to things a bit odd, different, or eccentric.
so, the next time you see me walking the dogs, with a strange group of fruits, flowers, or feathers perched atop my head, think of it as a mere hat, and enjoy the moment. In fact, try one on for size the next time you're in my shop. think silly, think fun, but think hat..........it's a good thing.