Confession time: I'm a sucker for Rosalind Russell movies, and a Rosalind Russell fan in general. Blame it on Auntie Mame, as that that was the first film of hers I saw, and I've been gleefully hooked ever since. The lady was sharp, smart and was comfortable with both serious acting as well as slapstick comedy. What's not to like?
Of course, it doesn't hurt that many of her acting roles incorporated some fantastic hats as a part of her costume. It also doesn't hurt that she looked amazing in all of them , either.
In any event, I was watching the 1939 version of The Women recently, and noticed that not only was Ms. Russell the only actress who wore some sort of hat in every single scene of the movie, but also that just about every one of them incorporated a veil. Which brings me to today's topic: veiled hats.
There is something delightfully retro about a hat with a veil, isn't there? Especially when the veil isn't very tightly woven, so that more of the person's features are revealed. It has a sort of peek-a-boo quality about it.
Another thing about veiled hats is that they're remarkably versatile. Whether it's a casual night spent out with the ladies or a more sophisticated meeting with the object of your affections, these hats really can do it all.
Heck, you don't even have to wear the veil over your face, if that's not your thing. Like I said before, these hats? VERSATILE.
So seriously, if you have the opportunity to wear one, I heartily suggest that you do so. Also, you should totally skip the recent remake of The Women and watch the original. Yes, it's dated (it's from 1939, for crying out loud,) and there are parts that will make you cringe a bit, but seeing Rosalind Russell ham it up in those hats is worth every minute.
And if that's not enough of an incentive for you, it's got Joan Crawford in it, and she's got really, really thin eyebrows.