|1930s . Ladies trying to keep their hats on at the Brisbane races.|
|1940s. Hats and gloves were still essential items.|
Dressing was much more occasion-orientated - if a woman went into town or out to lunch, it was considered worth dressing up for. Of course, it also made the whole clothes thing much more rigid - there wasn't the same oh wear what you like freedom. Attitudes demanded a certain conformity to set standards. The 60s revolution must have broken the hearts of the glove manufacturers, not to mention the milliners (hat-makers).
|It's hard to imagine the styles of the 1950s without the additional charm of a hat and gloves.|
The Psychology of Dressing
Still, it's amazing how a simple thing like slipping on a pair of fine cotton or leather gloves can alter a state of mind - somehow it's possible to feel more 'important' and luxurious wearing them. Pop on a hat and you might be feeling like a model citizen - upright, respectable...a person of substance and integrity! By contrast, a wine stained T-shirt and a pair of misshapen tracksuit pants might create a sense of social laxity. Although they were, in essence, only a social convention, detailed accessories such a hat and gloves, offered at least an illusion of caring...how you appear to others, your spot in the social fabric, willingness to play by the rules, etc. The dropping of formal social dress codes in the latter part of the 20th century could perhaps be seen a a reflection of a wider emphasis on self-centred individuality and thus, another small erosion of social cohesiveness.
|Can a hat and gloves make us feel more virtuous?|