Preventing Bad Hair Days In The Netherlands

In the early 1900s, Dutch schoolchildren covered their hair with bonnets, presumably to keep errant hairs from falling in their Lunchables and Capri Suns come lunchtime. Nobody likes finding hairs in her food, right? Free from the burden of maintaining stylish locks, they could focus on their studies, rather than their appearance. See how carefree and joyful they look?

The Way We Lived-Reader's Digest
The Way We Lived-Reader’s Digest

These peaked and winged caps often brought out the mischievous nature of the wearer, especially in combination with the bib known as the kraplap (in case crap falls in your lap?).

As the century progressed, sassy youngsters tilted their hats back to showcase a good bang day (which this girl clearly was not having, but she’s selling it, so props).

In modern times, tradition has not faded, as evidenced by this ruddy-cheeked girl from Volendam, North Holland in the Netherlands. It’s so high, it could conceal a rooster’s comb.

Not your cup of tea? Well, I wouldn’t let the Dutch know, as they are the tallest people on the planet, and could probably pummel you. On average, its women stand 5.6 feet tall, and its men over six feet. Add the bonnet, and they’re giants.

12 thoughts on “Preventing Bad Hair Days In The Netherlands

    1. Ha! They do look miserable. And what if their hair looked FABULOUS under that? I would feel so stifled. And itchy. And would it rub against your neck? Chafing?


  1. Those kids in the top picture look as miserable as death row inmates. What was the purpose of those hats? Surely it wasn’t a fashion statement. Wait. When was pot legalized in Holland?

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  2. Your comments, Kerbey bring it all together. You did some research, too. Thanks for sharing the Netherlands caps that remind me of Sally Fields on the Flying Nun. That hat loved like an airplane!

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