Jane Austen Society UK : Georgian Period Costumes

Hats and bonnets feature in both Jane Austen's letters and novels.

Steventon 27-28 October 1798: '...I bought some Japan Ink likewise, & next week shall begin my operations on my hat, on which You know my principal hopes of happiness depend.'

Bath 2 June 1799: '- Eliz: has given me a hat, & it is not only a pretty hat, but a pretty stile of hat too - It is something like Eliza's - only instead of being all straw, half of it is narrow purple ribbon"

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