When I say 'pillbox hat' you probably think of Jackie O, Mad Men, and the 1960's; and you'd be right. However, there is evidence to suggest that the pillbox is making a come back....and it's looking good!
Defined as "a small woman's hat with a flat crown and straight, upright sides, and no brim" this style really came to the fore in the 1960s when it was the hat of choice of America's first lady Jackie Onassis.
Jackie Onassis in her signature pillbox hat.
The Modern Pillbox
In recent years, the pillbox has been seen on many a famous head. The Duchess of Cambridge, Zara Phillips and Victoria Beckham, to name but a few, have all been seen sporting a pillbox hat at various events.
Rather than being worn on the back of the head as was the case in the 1960s, the modern pillbox tends to be worn much further forward, coming on the the forehead.
The simplicity of this classic shape lends itself to embellishment (as you can see from the photos above), giving it endless design possibilities and the ability to work for lots of different face-shapes, statures and occasions.
Here's a couple of pillbox hats I've been inspired to create myself! Both use the basic pillbox shape, but are designed with the modern hat wearer in mind.
The green hat on the left is embellished with fabulous Lady Amerherst pheasant feathers and a two tone swirl flower, This flamboyant and frivolous hat would be perfect for a day at the races.
The blue hat on the right is inspired by the glamour of the 1940s, trimmed with hand made organza flowers and blue veiling and would look fabulous with a pretty floral dress for a garden party or summer wedding.
So don't dismiss the pillbox, it can be so much more than a 'prim and proper' piece of headwear, definitely something to consider for your next hat-wearing occasion!