The Easter Bonnet Fashion


easter2012_DSC_0218 | by Michael Fleshman via Creative Commons

Why do people wear bonnets on Easter? It is said to represent the tradition of putting on new clothes on Easter Sunday as a promise of redemption and spiritual renewal. Bonnets were introduced into pop culture by Irving Berlin in his song Easter Parade. Since then, it has become an unofficial fashion requirement along 5th Avenue each year.

Tracing the tradition, bonnets are purposefully worn by women and girls on Easter services. After the religious observances comes the parade where the bonnets have obvious functionality. Easter was also the time when ladies buy fancy and usually expensive headdresses after saving money during the Lenten season.

The shops in New York City, especially in 5th Avenue are a sight to behold during the season as stores compete with each other for the best bonnets displayed on their windows. It has become a tourist attraction these days. Americans also developed a competition among friends and family members by showing off their best bonnet. Nowadays, Easter bonnets are worn regardless of age and gender. Some of the male participants of the parade are even able to pull off the best looking bonnets.

In case NYC is not so near you, you can always make your own Easter bonnet or perhaps order one online. Easter is basically a weeklong celebration so wearing those bonnets can still be trendy until next Sunday, the Octave Day of Easter.

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