(Closed) Princess Grace and worries about hats

posted 6 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
2107 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Awesome!!!  Thanks for sharing!

Post # 4
433 posts
Helper bee


Grace Kelly was born in 1929. I can assure you with absolute certainty that hats were worn by both ladies and gentlemen in the United States, too.

Thus, to imply that she was raised in a non-hat wearing culture is incorrect. Hats were a common feature in the U.S. well into the 1960s, and no lady would have been seen in public without one. I am not taking issue with Grace’s response or the inappropriateness of a public critique, but I am taking issue with your premise that hats were not worn in North American society.

This is a scene from the famous film “Rear Window” which, like all her films, preceded her marriage. I would definitely call this a hat.


Post # 6
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

OP, as a local I cannot help but wonder what you mean by “a Main Line Philadelphia family, no less”.  Seems a bit degrading.  Main Line Philadelphia is not Philadelphia but actually a collective of Philadelphia suburbs.  Additionally, she was raised within Philadelphia lines, not on the main line, and the stage wear she started her career still stands not far from her home on Henry Ave.  There was also a major road in the same neighborhood renamed in her honor less than 20 years ago.

However, if she chose not to wear a hat in France it is because of the style icon she was.  She really could do no wrong in that department. 

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