The term bonnet is used for various types of headgear throughout different cultures and ages.
A bonnet for babies covers the hair and ears, but not the forehead. It is soft, lightweight and typically white. Such bonnets help to keep the infant's head warm without the danger of overheating it.
Girls and women's bonnets
Various types of bonnets were worn by girls and women throughout the centuries. They typically covered the hair, often also the ears, but not the forehead, and were often secured by tying under the chin.
Girl's bonnets came mostly out of fashion after the 19th century, which is why they appear "traditional" or "old-fashioned" garments today. Girls wearing dresses and bonnets are often found in illustrations romanticizing the "good old days", such as in the art of Sarah Kay.
In the Middle Ages, the bonnet was also a headgear for men. The word "bonnet" for for male headgear was generally replaced in English by cap before 1700, except in Scotland, where it remains in use, now especially for military headgear.
Bonnets in ageplay
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