The Saga of the Page Boy Hat
I’m not sure when my love of hats started, but I can remember owning and wearing anything from bucket hats to vintage caps growing up. The page boy hat was probably my favorite. (Also known as the baker boy, trucker, conductor, etc.)
I wore them from my teen years and all through college, but post-college I wondered if it were appropriate to wear. Numerous instances of people giving my choice headwear long looks made me wonder if I looked too young.
To my now older and wiser horror, I decided to give my hats away. I figured it probably wouldn’t come back in style and I didn’t know if I would be wearing hats as an adult anyway. Then February NYFW 2018 came around and I saw enough page boy hats to realize that they were back in style.
I had totally fallen sucker for the fashion cycle.
Nothing New Under the Sun
If you watch fashion trends you will notice certain repeating cycles. Everything 2-25 years old is generally considered dated. All older style is retro or the beloved ‘vintage.’ (To note, vintage is technically 50+ years old, and anything 100+ are antiques.) If it is somehow associated with nostalgia or certain age you can wear it again, but a style two years old will have people questioning your tastes.
The truth is that none of this matters. People can rip apart the idea of wearing a scrunchie one year and three months later it can be the coolest thing. The fact that there are sites like Who What Wear who post about a trend one week and write off the trend as dated two weeks later says a lot about the nature of trying to stay fashionable.
Of course the idea of being fashionable is nothing new. Anne, in the novel, Anne of Green Gables, talks at length about wanting a dress with “puff sleeves.” As someone who has worked with vintage clothing, I can say that puff sleeves were a trend in the 1900’s. And they kind of wore off after that. They were certainly gone by the 1920’s.
Fast forward 110 years and they are back, in some form or another. Puff sleeves. Balloon sleeves. Bishop sleeves. It’s all a part of the human cycle of fashion.
It’s the cycle of clothes, and it drives us all from toe socks to pantyhose, from crocs to uh-uh-uh-uggs, till we find—
Okay, I’ll stop.
Becoming A Style Icon
I’m going to hop back to the idea of trend sites. While I read a few articles now and then (the click-bait titles make the word lover in me weep), I can’t help but notice how trends often start with someone with media exposure and influence.
In other words, if that person wasn’t rich, famous, or followed by the paparazzi no one would care about their style.
There is no reason why you or I need to dress like them. They can have incredible taste and be marvelous at styling, but that doesn’t mean that we need to follow them. They have their own ways of dressing. You have yours.
In short, wear what you love, no matter the decade. In the endless cycles of fashion it will catch up to you at some point, so rather than seeing yourself as dated, consider yourself ahead of the curve, before your time…prolific.
And don’t give away your page boy hats because people look at you strange. You’ll regret it later.