THE EASTER BONNETS.
The dainty bonnets of lace straws and Neapolitan braid which will be worn this Easter are trimmed with crapes, gauze and sheer materials and flowers, with abundant use of bows and tie-strings of narrow velvet ribbon in the width known as No. 9. The leading shape is a close toque with low crown with tie-strings coming from the back. Very few bonnets are shown long on the ears.
The majority of bonnets are of black, or lace straw with an open crown, showing the hair, or a transparent crown of black lace or shirred crepe de Chine. Wreaths of violets, purple pansies, heather and other fine blossoms are used extensively to trim bonnets.
Aubegine, the purple of egg-plants, lilac and Parma violet purple are refined colors which are combined with black lace. There is also a fancy for combining black lace and black velvet ribbon with shades of yellow gold called bUd’or, and with strong Toreador yellows and the yellow-red called, this season, tomato, and always used by Spanish women in conjunction with black lace. Stem green and violet are combined with black lace.
A few large hats with projecting brims and soft Angelo crowns of velvet are shown for garden fetes and country wear, but are too pronounced in style for city streets.
Traveling hats and morning bonnets will continue to be made of Milan braids in English toque and low Spanish turban shapes and are trimmed with knots of velvet caught by a dagger, sickle or any metal ornament, or with wings to harmonize in colors with the costume.
excerpted from – Victorian Easter Fashion
Good Housekeeping (1890)