A hat with a veil, usually made of netting or lace, worn by a woman; the veil can either partially (usually to nose level) or completely cover the face. Often seen on the Femme Fatale and other women of mystery, also wealthy women/socialites, such as the Rich Bitch, and widows; sometimes worn by royals. Common types of hats incorporating frontal veils include:
- the "fascinator" (actually more of a head decoration than a hat per se, and often features feathers or flowers in addition to or instead of a veil);
- the "cocktail" hat (for evening wear; an actual hat, though it might be confused with a fascinator because it often looks so insubstantial - several representative images can be seen at http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/search.aspx?term=cocktail%20hat);
- and the "pillbox" hat (for daytime wear, famously associated with Jacqueline Kennedy on the day of her husband's assassination, though in that case it didn't have a veil attached). Interestingly, the women's style appears to have been adopted from a style of men's military hat, designed in the style of a "pillbox" defensive position - which follows the tradition of items of women's fashion being adapted from men's military wear (for example, the [[Opera Glovesmousquetaire glove]] being an adaptation of the gauntlet worn by 17th-century musketeers.
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