1860’s and hats! It’s the bonnet, which frankly isn’t my favorite. On a personal note, I can’t stand anything tied underneath my chin. Wearing one of these hats with a huge ribbon underneath my jaw would have led me down the road of perdition by not covering my head while out in public.
I am definitely going to refer to this website as we go through the decades on fashions. Meet Mrs. Parker’s Millinery and Mercantile. Hats are for sale if you wish to purchase a replica and play Victorian dress-up for fun.
Your heroine in book one is Mary Booker (see note below). She’s a young lady who lives with her uncle, the vicar of St. George’s. He believes women definitely should be married, birthing children right and left, and keeping the home. After all, that’s what the good book says. Mary, however, would love to work in a hat shop until the right man comes along. Truth be told, I think she already found him.
Any hats that you like from the 1860’s. A beautiful example of Margaret Hale from North & South in her mourning bonnet.
Source: 1850’s-1860’s- Hats & Bonnets
NOTE: As usual, I’m grabbing names from my family tree. Mary Booker is my fifth great-grandmother from Yorkshire, England, born 1768.