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Shepherdess hats were fashionable in the mid 18th century (when they were also called bergère or milkmaid hats) when they were of straw with shallow crowns and wide flexible brims which could be turned up or down, and were decorated with ribbon and flowers. They could be of fabric as well as of straw in the 19th century and the crown might be higher, but they retained the deep brim which might be folded back at front and back.