The modern woman’s pillbox hat was invented by milliners in the 1930s, and gained popularity due to its elegant simplicity. Pillbox hats were made out of wool, velvet, organdy, mink, lynx or fox fur, and leopard skin, among many other materials. They were generally designed in solid colors and were non-accessorized, but could include a veil.
A pillbox hat is a small hat, with a flat crown, straight, upright sides, and no brim, usually worn by women. It is named after the small cylindrical or hexagonal cases that pills used to be sold in.
You can find lots of DIY videos and articles online for making your own, or if you’re lucky enough you can raid grandma or great-grandma’s shelves before these beautiful chic head toppers make their way to the goodwill or auction.
The Pillbox Hat in the image is a handmade design by Edna Hodgins Smart Millinery Shop Toronto, Ontario early 1960’s. Fabric cuts of Batik Pink & Green Silk flower petals layered among leaves of Green around and up the sides cover a one of a kind french blue silk cap. – Buy it here
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