rain bonnetrain bonnetDid your grandma carry around a rain bonnet in her purse?  I’m not sure if any of ours did, but a dear friend brought us a rain bonnet this week (straight from a hospital gift shop, no less).  The package looks vaguely Nagelish ( you remember those from the eighties, right?), but of course, the contents are a different matter entirely. 

When exactly was it ever a good idea to use a rain bonnet?  Why not just a hat or an umbrella?  It must be a generational thing, we just don’t understand them.  Also, this is Oregon and we natives don’t even use umbrellas much because of our amphibious ability to shed water, but still, who thought these up and how did they become so ubiquitous? 

As Judy Markey said in the Chicago Sun-Times, “There is no other reason to wear a plastic rain bonnet than to preserve a head full of thoroughly curled, thoroughly sprayed, thoroughly immobilized, rigidized, petrified hair. And when you get into the land where HARD HAIR PRESERVATION seems like a reasonable and nifty thing to do . . . well then what? Can subscribing to Reader’s Digest be far behind?”The Queen in a rain bonnet

vintage rain bonnetsNow, I don’t actually know anyone who uses a rain bonnet, but someone must, or they wouldn’t still be available.  I guess they used to be cool, as these cute little numbers on Ebay demonstrate.  Maybe we could start a rain bonnet revival, you know, bring them back in popular graphic prints and snazzy shapes — skulls, daisies, polka dots?  Maybe our grandkids will buy them at Claire’s.  Designers, start your computers, we have a challenge for you.  Maybe Amy Winehouse could use one for her poor, tortured coif or Britney for her wigs — after all it kind of goes with the new British accent…


Thanks Helena for the great pics of the Queen!  If She can wear a rain bonnet, maybe I can, too!

The Queen