Last time we talked about this hat I was complaining about having nothing to wear with it. I was determined find another excuse to wear it when we headed out to Salem the other weekend on a grey and overcast day.

A colorful 1940s look, featuring a novelty print rayon dress and a purple tilt hat piled high with plumes. Black and bright magenta help tie it all together.

I figured that as long as my hat shared at least one color in common with the rest of my ensemble, that would be good enough! Bold raspberry or fuchsia pink shades are a common accent in 1940s clothing, so I used that as my unifying color.

From the top - a 1940s New York Creation tilt hat in vibrant purple, crowned with curling ostrich feathers in shocking raspberry pink.

Clearly, what I need are some nice 1940s-style pumps in royal purple to help tie the look together… for the moment, black shoes will have to do! I’m also out of solid black pumps, so I’m wearing these strappy sandals (hey, it’s summer, I’m allowed!) until I find a nice pair to buy. I’m holding out for Royal Vintage releasing their inaugural line…

1940s daytime look featuring a dress with an abstract print of black, aqua, and hot pink and a tilt hat with a towering pile of feathers.

I really don’t wear this dress as often as I ought to… I don’t know, in my mind I had somehow categorized it into the “1940s dresses are a pain to put on” pile, even though it has plenty of buttons and can be worn without doing extreme contortions to get it on and off. Warm weather goals: wear more of my ’40s stuff instead of just letting it languish in the drawer because it’s too fancy.

Abstract floral 1940s dress in pink, black, and blue paired with a New York Creation tilt hat in purple with pink ostrich feathers

Abstract floral print 1940s dress in hot pink and black on a blue ground with a pussy bow neckline and self-covered buttons

1940s daytime look featuring a dress with an abstract print of black, aqua, and hot pink and a tilt hat with a towering pile of feathers.

A colorful 1940s look, featuring a novelty print rayon dress and a purple tilt hat piled high with plumes. Black and bright magenta help tie it all together.

  • Purple New York Creation tilt hat with pink ostrich feathers: Etsy
  • Purpley pink carved plastic earrings: Savers
  • 1940s novelty abstract print dress: Etsy
  • Black cloth belt: Stolen off another dress
  • Black bead bracelet: Grandma’s
  • Black strappy shoes: Nine West, via Savers