Carolyn Cromwell had planned to wear a hat decorated with mirrors, but opted for an oversize red straw number, thinking the glass would fog in the damp weather.
It may have been a cold, wet Easter, but Ms. Cromwell wasn't about to let the weather ruin her opportunity to wear an Easter bonnet to services at Bethel A.M.E. Church on Druid Hill Avenue yesterday.
Although wearing an Easter bonnet has become a waning tradition of late, you would never know it from looking at the collection of hats outside the church after Easter services.
Some were of the traditional straw variety, some had homemade flowers and touches of velvet, but amid all the decoration, Ms. Cromwell's head wear was easy to spot.
The hat, a standout trimmed with sequins and a dangling bauble on the right side, was a holdover from Easter 1990.
"In the black community, Easter is not only a celebration of religion, it's a springing forward out of heavy woolens into silks," Ms. Cromwell said.
Although umbrellas and rain hats covered most heads yesterday, for some women a rain cap just wouldn't do.
"It was rainy, and I thought maybe I would put on something cheerful," said Lena McKinney, who was leaving Easter services at Union Baptist Church, wearing a red felt hat she bought in New York years ago.