Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Memories--Especially Those Hats!

by Leann

Way back in the dark ages when I was a kid, most holidays were marred by my mother's alcoholic binges, leaving me, even decades later, with a bad vibe come holiday time. But as I think back, Easter was one of those days when she was always sober. I loved Easter. It was a peaceful, happy holiday. As it should be.

I was a "fashionista" kid. Loved clothes. But it was rare for me to get new
things. Lots of hand-me-downs from friends and relatives. We did, however, always got a new outfit for Easter--from shoes and socks to coats. Even my older brother, a rough and tumble guy, was all decked out in a brand new sports jacket and snappy little hat.

That brings me to the hats. I loved, loved, loved a new hat. My "Easter bonnet" was always part of the ensemble. When we packed up last summer to move, I saw many pictures of my family in our hats. We spent a couple years in England when I was a toddler and my mother came from an era where everyone wore a hat for special occasions, so of course we had to have those hats.

My favorites were ones that had no elastic to bother my neck, but I only got one without a constricting band under my chin when I was older--like
nine or ten old! So old. :-) My aunt--my mother's half-sister--had the best hats ever. When my sister and brother were busy scarfing down the contents of their Easter baskets, I was anxiously awaiting my aunt's arrival to see what she was wearing. Every year she never disappointed. Wide brimmed were her favorites and I couldn't wait until I could dress just like her.

But then hats went out of fashion. I haven't worn a hat in more years than I care to recall. The Brits have it right. No dress-up day is complete without an amazing hat! What about you? Have any memories of your Easter outfits to share? I'd love to hear them!

16 comments:

Barbara T. said...

I wear hats to shield myself from the sun. Sadly I am not outside long enough to bother with a hat. There are two shelves in the closet filled with fun hats. Good reason to start a walking routine. A different hat every day!

Aurian said...

I can't remember ever wearing a hat, only a knitted thing against the winter cold. But that one looks lovely.
The "important" people in Holland dress up for some kind of parliament day in september, and hats are mandatory for the ladies. And of course, special attention is given to the most beautiful, weird, ugly etc.

Sue said...

I remember the hats at Easter!! I loved them. When mama took us shopping, I always looked for the best twirly dress there was. Everything had to match to. It was the first time we got to wear white shoes. I always had a little purse, to carry my hankie in and white gloves. Now I hate dresses. I still love hats, but only certain people look good in them and I'm not one of them.

Linda in MA said...

I remember many Easter outfits. When we were really young my grandmother would make us matching dresses including my Mother. How smart we looked with our new shiny shoes and matching dresses. When we got older we got to pick out our Easter dresses and the best place to go in town was Sears for them. They had the best selection of gorgeous dresses. No hats for us except for an Easter visit to relatives where you had to wear a hat to church. I would have loved having a hat to go with my dress.

Leann Sweeney said...

So I am not alone! We sure did get all spiffy at Easter. It was far more important to me than chocolate bunnies!

Lesa said...

Easter dresses, hats, gloves, purses, and sometimes even bright colored new coats! And, to top it off, my father always bought my mother and his three daughters corsages! Orchids! Now, corsages are only for proms and weddings. But, we all looked lovely in all our Easter finery!

Leann Sweeney said...

Even corsages!! Wow. You must have been a fine-looking family!

Lulu said...

Never did I feel so dressed up as when I wore a hat! I still buy one from time to time, but they don't get worn as much except for the straw ones that shade me from the sun.

Leann Sweeney said...

I love hats but I cannot stand to keep one on my head--nor can I stand scarves around my neck even though both look so great on other people. I guess I have hat and scarf envy.

Carol N Wong said...

I remember wearing a special new dress and Easter bonnet to church on Sunday. I loved that.

Rachelle21 said...

I do not celebrate Easter, but I love hats. I try to wear a hat every day if I can or a scarf. When a hat wearing friend died, her spouse gave me a bag of her hats as he knew I loved to wear them.

Happy Easter or Passover.

Barbara said...

I remember the shoes, a new pair of MaryJanes every Easter. I also had a hat (worn just that one day), a new purse, and of course white gloves to wear to church. Now I wear a baseball cap nearly every day but never a dress hat. My husband is after me to get a big brimmed straw hat to wear outside but I look absolutely awful in them.

Leann Sweeney said...

Rachelle, how I wish I could tolerate hats. How lucky to get that bag of hats!! And Barbara, I remember the patent leather shoes that hurt like heck but looked so AMAZING--at least to my 10-year-old eyes. And yes, the white gloves. Maybe one day all this will come back!

ladyvyvian said...

I remember a yellow dress with a hoop petticoat under it. I had a frilly yellow hat, mary janes, and white lacy gloves to complete it. I still wear hats a lot, every day and to church. Sue, if you get the right hat, everyone looks good in a hat. You should ask someone else, not depend on your own opinion.

Diane P said...

We had matching hats & purses for Easter church. It was so fun to see all the church ladies with their hats.
I even got married in a hat with a lace insert that matched my dress.

Leann Sweeney said...

I'll bet you looked amazing, Diane!