Why did ladies wear those stupid-looking hats back in the Dark Ages?

If “stupid” means “pointy” or “heart-shaped,” then the answer to why women wore those stupid-looking hats back in the Dark Ages is fairly simple: style.

The tall, pointed headdress was called a steeple cap and consisted of a wire frame, which was covered by linen or silk handkerchiefs. It was worn by the noble class only.

Other headdress designs for the female nobility included the butterfly-shaped, the heart-shaped, and the traditional turban style.

why did ladies wear those stupid looking hats back in the dark ages

Noble women and nuns also wore wimples, cloth caps that covered the head and forehead and tied under the neck.

Many included what’s called a gorget: an added piece of cloth that wraps around the neck.

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