On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, many women dress up for church to a higher degree than they might at other times of the year. It is not unusual for women to wear their very best dresses and suits, along with their Fifth Sunday hats. A Fifth Sunday hat is an ornately decorated dress hat that is meant to be worn on special occasions. There are many different colors and styles of Fifth Sunday hats, and they make an interesting and elegant addition to any woman’s wardrobe.
Fifth Sunday Hats are made from a variety of materials, including felt, straw, metallic fabric, wool, and fur, or any combination of these materials. Church hats, and Fifth Sunday Hats in particular, were a classic way of showing reverence hundreds of years ago during church services, and many women have continued this tradition. For church hats, there is no design that is too extravagant or no adornment that is too fancy, as the more colorful and elaborate the better.
Pillbox hats are the smaller variety of Fifth Sunday Hats, and they are often worn pinned to a woman’s hair to keep it in place. They are often worn at an angle rather than sitting straight on top of a woman’s head. Wool, felt, and metallic materials are adorned with feathers or veils for typical pillbox Fifth Sunday Hats. They are sometimes adorned with bows as well, or sometimes a jeweled brooch. Some pillbox hats are made of shiny material with a gauzy bow to add contrast to the texture and design of the hat. Pillbox hats come in every color, and they tend to be monochromatic. It is possible, however, to find some in more than one color, such as black and white, or a pattern that matches a lady’s suit.
Straw hats are the other most common types of Fifth Sunday Hats. Straw hats tend to be larger and floppier, but some styles are made without large brims. The straw may be a natural color adorned with a colorful ribbon and flowers, or the straw may be dyed to any color imaginable. The simplest straw hats have a ribbon around the brim with a bow or flower just off center of the front of the hat. The most elaborate hats feature satin trim around the brim, often embellished with rhinestones, in addition to a large, gauzy bow, or a bow and flower design that goes all the way around the hat. Then there are, of course, many hats that fall somewhere in between simple and extravagant, but each adds a touch of elegance, making them perfect for Fifth Sunday Hats.