This is a strangely successful piece of headwear, in that I feel compelled to do whatever this woman says, immediately.

Unfortunately, the Associated Press doesn’t identify the designer of these very snazzy hats, shown in December 1981 as a preview of the spring fashions, so I cannot tell you how to find your very own via Ebay or Etsy. You’ll just have to haunt your local flea market and hope.

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This one’s right out of the Jane Seymour’s Guide to Romantic Living playbook.

This woman is dressed like a generic “banker” character from a 1950s TV western.

If you’re looking for something along more midcentury lines, you’ll have to reach back a couple of years: “Eye catching flower trim at the front of a yellow straw pillbox shape by designer Frank Olive allows every woman a chance to make a fashion statement for spring in 1979.” No wonder Joan Collins decided to try for her own high-fashion piece of this market.


Contact the author at kelly@jezebel.com.

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