Are you a Hat Fancier, but don’t Fancy Wearing a Hat?

In honour of my recent Miriam Haskell find at Winners (I didn’t even know the MH brand was still around), I thought I would get you woke about the awesome hats which used to appear in the Miriam Haskell ads from the 1930s and’40s. PIctured are a few classic styles: A 1930s pixie hat, a ’40s tilt/doll hat in fur, and a straw boater from the ’30s.

But first a word about those great Miriam Haskell jewelry designs. According to Lori Verderame “Miriam Haskell’s jewelry was worn by some of the most famous fashion icons of the day like Coco Chanel, Jackie Kennedy, Joan Crawford, Marilyn Monroe, and Audrey Hepburn” (Collectors Journal, Feb. 2018).

Just check out those old Lucy shows; you will see the comedienne wearing some Miriam Haskell pieces on camera there as well.


The costume jewelry pieces were known for their intricacy and wow factor. I mean, back in the day, what better way to rock a new hat than with some Miriam Haskell jewellery? The reverse is true as well, of course. But a peek at those prices on the MH website might be a bit of a deterrent.


Have you noticed that the jewelry in these ads is featured in suites? The bracelets match the necklace and clips? And how about the hat and fur stole in image #2? I don’t ever want to hear that less is more. The look is complete perfection, even if it is a little pricey. There have been certain fashion decades when “matchy matchy” ruled the day. You’ll find it again in the ‘60s when women used to have their silk stilettos dyed to match a dress or suit.


But back to the hats: these styles from the ’30s and ’40s are some of my favourites; I feature many of them (the real full-colour historic artefacts) in my book 1,000 Hats. So, if you’re a hat fancier, but don’t fancy wearing a hat, you can collect these beautiful images, or come to one of my retrospective millinery fashion shows, and be photographed in the real thing!

Don’t forget to wear your jewelry!

Published by Norma Shephard

I'm the founder and director of the Mobile Millinery Museum & author of five books on vintage fashion.

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