This is one of my series of Regency posts, the introduction of which you can find here.

Bonnets can be fun as there was so much variety and colour in Regency bonnets, not to mention bows, lace and even fake fruit! I’m no milliner so everything I’m looking at will be pretty basic, unless I’m feeling wistful.

Stovepipe Bonnet

Now, I’m not a big fan of the ‘stovepipe bonnet’ that was popular during the Regency period, so I shan’t be looking at them at all. Look somewhere else for a stovepipe bonnet piece!

Don’t get me wrong, they can be beautiful but I just don’t think they work with our modern image of what we consider pretty.

Poke Bonnets

The Regency ‘poke’ bonnet, however, I think will always keep in style and will always be considered very feminine and beautiful.

I love the soft back bonnets (mainly because they look so easy to make!), and in these fashion plates you can also see how the women co-ordinated their bonnets to their outfits. I haven’t included any pictures of straw hats, but these were very popular and very easy to make yourself if you can pick up a cheap Easter bonnet or sunhat from a charity shop that isn’t too floppy!

These are the kind of bonnets that I want to make, simple and elegant yet also pretty enough to be from the era.


I always associate turbans with the older generation, but they can be extremely easy to wear and are far more appropriate that going outdoors with a bare head! I really like this tutorial, I’ve done it before and it only requires a scarf, no sewing at all!

Some turbans were wrapped around the head and then sewn in place if you wanted to do that too, to make it even easier when you wanted to wear it next.





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