In an age when the female chapeau was in danger of losing its lofty place, U.S. First Lady Jackie Kennedy fought for the hat and convinced a nation of ladies that hats and gloves were still the respectable thing to do. Jackie preferred the petite pillbox, designed by Halston, to perch atop her perfectly coiffed bouffant, the crown to her stately elegance.
The 50’s elaborate short hairdos hadn’t needed a hat, but Jackie was a bastion of old elegance. Her chic fashion sense convinced the average woman to maintain her sensible style by adopting the lozenge-shaped hat with the new streamlined styles.
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