Easter and its Bonnets

by admin on March 24, 2011


According to “Tradition” it’s Time for a New Outfit!
Looking for an excuse for a new outfit to bring in the spring season? Maybe this will help. Wikipedia summarizes the tradition of Easter Bonnets this way…
An Easter Bonnet represents the tail-end of a tradition of wearing new clothes at Easter, in harmony with the renewal of the year and the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption.
The "Easter bonnet" was fixed in popular culture by Irving Berlin, whose frame of reference was the Easter parade in New York City, a festive walkabout that made its way down Fifth avenue from St. Patrick's Cathedral:
In your Easter bonnet
with all the frills upon it,
You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade.
At the depths of the Great Depression a new hat at Easter, or a refurbished old one, was a simple luxury. The self-consciously quaint "bonnet", which had been tongue-in-cheek euphemism for a hat for more than a generation, supplied Berlin with his rhyme.
The tradition actually traces back to England in the 1600’s when it marked a time to wear new or newly refurbished clothes to mark a new season of growth.
So in renewing a tradition that is actually centuries old and enjoying the excuse to get a new outfit… what will your Easter outfit look like this year? Something for special occasions? Will you be so bold as to actually put a hat with it? Will it be frilly and soft or bold and elegant? What will mark that day for you? Hopefully something more than Easter eggs and a bunny costume!
We would love to see your Easter Bonnets! Post them on our Facebook page here!

Cynthia Lee… milliner extrodinaire (hat maker), public speaker, wife, and mother. Her creations are one of a kind, numbered, and registered. Nowhere else will you find craftsmanship to equal her ability and talent, or styles that can even begin to compare. Whether it is for a special occasion such as a tea or the Kentucky Derby, if you are looking for the perfect chapeau to make a statement, contact Cynthia here.

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