Throughout the decades, teenagers have attempted to prove their coolness by wearing questionable accessories, hairstyles and items of clothing. Hindsight Fashion is a new section about those trends that, in Hindsight, we probably wish we hadn’t worn.
The Blossom Hat (any hat with a semi-large, floppy brim, preferably holding an oversized flower) gained popularity in the 1990’s via the television smash hit, Blossom. Mayim Bialik played the title character on the show, and her oversized headgear quickly became her signature style.
I personally was a very, very large fan of the Blossom Hat. I seem to remember having several versions in several different fabrics. I also seem to remember having a gigantic, heavy fake sunflower that I could attach to these various hats with a safety-pin hot-glue-gunned on by my mother.
My adoration of the Blossom Hat extended to my stuffed animals as well. I recently passed on to my daughter a toy bunny wearing a Blossom Hat. Also recently, my husband discovered said bunny amidst the toys, picked it up and said “Who gave you this thing? What’s with the hat?”
During their popularity in the 1990’s, Blossom Hats were often seen paired with floral dresses and combat or desert boots. From the neck down, this style is back on trend again this season. But sadly, the Blossom Hat has failed to make its comeback alongside its former ensemble-mates.
Perhaps the fact that Blossom herself was featured on an episode of TLC’s “What Not To Wear” has made the world’s fashionistas hesitant to bring this look back to the forefront. Or perhaps we all collectively grew tired of lugging around gigantic faux flora on our heads. Either way, the Blossom Hat will always hold a special place in the hearts of many.
Certainly myself and my bunny would agree.