What are Church Hats?
These Sunday toppers have history and style.
You’ve heard of church hair, but what about church hats? Ladies’ church hats have a long and storied history. Church hats have been a key part of churchgoers’ Sunday best for years, and are still an important aspect of dress in some churches today. The practice of covering one’s head for church originally came from the Bible—1 Corinthians 11:15, to be precise. The simple head covering has been adapted and expanded to become a stylish part of Southern women’s churchgoing attire. At the turn of the century, many Southern ladies wore simple hats to church out of respect, reverence for the service, and continuity with passed-down traditions. The church hat tradition continues today, with hats—sometimes called crowns—in bright colors, bold patterns, and eye-catching styles at Sunday services across the South. Dressing up is an essential part of Southern style, and churchgoing Southern ladies are known for their stylish ensembles—especially the pretty hats that can be matched with a Sunday suit. Church hats even come with their own etiquette, which has been developed over centuries. Ladies’ church hats have rich millinery history and undeniable style. They’re a time-tested, beloved tradition that is still thriving. Church hats remain an essential part of many women’s Sunday best and church outfits across the South, so read on to see some of the pretty church hats that keep the tradition alive.