It’s hard to imagine some of these hats as suitable for fall and winter, but High Fashion isn’t supposed to be practical. The wind wouldn’t dare disturb a wealthy Parisienne.Most of these hats from Paris designers were featured in a two-page photo spread in Delineator, October 1912, pages 272 and 273.
A bigger, sheer layer softens the brim of several hats.“Evening hat of black and white Chantilly lace turned up at the back. The black lace is used over the white.” Two layers of Chantilly lace? Very extravagant! [This is the first time I have seen an evening hat this large! And the model is not dressed for evening, is she?]
Those gigantic hats got my attention, but there were more practical hats from chic designers:Flowers or feathers worn under the brim instead of on top of it could be very charming.
If you weren’t attracted by extremely wide hats, extreme height was also an option:I do like the delicate sheer frill at her wrist, in contrast to her suit. All those photographs were taken by l’Atelier Taponier.
This hat from Doeuillet is another that must have required wearers to calculate the clearance on doorways and cabs very carefully.
Naturally, the illustrators working for Butterick’s Delineator magazine tried to keep up with the latest hat styles.
But the hat shown in the cover illustration for October 1912 was much simpler and smaller (and sportier) than the Paris hats inside the magazine.
Edit 9/18/19 Here is a full length picture of the blue suit and hat from October pictured above: