Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Pancake Day!

It's that time of the year again- pancake day!  We thought we'd serve up our own variation for pancake day this year, in the form of pancake hats.

These classic hats were originally worn in the medieval period, then they were very popular in the 18th century, as it was seen as essential to keep the sun off the delicate skin of the wearer.  They made a resurgence in the 1930s-1950s, and if you look hard enough you can find some wearable vintage pancake hats still today.  Modern milliners are also taking the classic pancake hat and putting their own spin on it. It is a hat that covers all eras it would seem!

The classic features of a pancake hat are much as you would expect: they are flat!  Classicly seen as broad brimmed and shallow crowned, they would sit on top of the head (often requiring hat pins for stability).  We thought we'd pull together a few examples of our favourite pancake hats across the internet at the moment
From left to right: crochet pancake hat pattern; 1940s hat from AlexSandros on Etsy; white hat found on Antiquarius,
orange hat below also found on the same site; Coco Chanel pancake hat; bottom right is Angela Lansbury in a classic
pancake hat; Laraine Day; vintage white pancake hat from Retro Story blog.
Finally we stumbled across and old post by the ever delightful Elegant Musings, she had found a catalogue page with "berets" or pancake hats!  We hope you have enjoyed our little selection of pancake hats and it has brightened up your pancake day!

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