1940's Ladies Hats
At the beginning of the 1940's World War II was underway in Europe, with the USA joining the fight after Pearl Harbour was attacked late in 1941. Hat styles became somewhat less exuberant, and definitely less prone to change in the first half of the decade, in part because of rationing of supplies, but also because people's energies were focussed elsewhere, naturally. The war also influenced the styles themselves with masculine-looking shapes predominating in the first half of the decade. Women still craved novelty and when felt was not available they turned to using fabric and remaking old hats or clothes over into new things. Make Do And Mend was the slogan for that time.
After the war ended clothes in general and hat styles along with them experienced a flowering as feminity returned to fashion. Starting with Dior's New Look hats beccame colourful, larger, and more decorated than they had been in a while. In some ways it was a last gasp for millinery and by the middle of the 1960's fewer and fewer women were wearing hats regularly.