Attack of the stay-puft marshmallow cap! Run for your lives!
Ahem. Sorry. Drifted a bit there.
Then I started playing with more nineteenth-century fun stuff. And there are certainly some bonnets whose lines are graceful, whose trim is sophisticated, and whose general air is sweet, spring-like youthfulness. Perfect for Easter!
Adorable pink straw, open-woven bonnet with an almost-superfluous cascade of silk flowers. Ca. 1865.
Fancy-woven straw bonnet, ca. 1835. Could have been decorated with faux flowers, silk ribbon, or whatever suited the wearer's taste.
Silk-covered 1850s bonnet with sophisticated tonal pink trim. I love the contrasting lining!
And this simple little specimen--a plain straw bonnet from about 1850. This one is my favorite--despite its rougher texture and simpler design, I find it compelling. Almost strictly utilitarian, yet still sporting a graceful if minimal shape.
All images and dates from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute. Many more to browse and enjoy--please go take a look!
My Easter bonnet this year won't be nearly as exciting--probably just a feather fascinator or a cute leaf-embellished headband I just picked up. How about yours?