Bonnets of straw were commonly worn outdoors by English women of all social ranks throughout the 18th century. Often decorated with artificial flowers and ribbons, these hats were worn on top of the ever-present white cap and were considered appropriate for all seasons of the year.
Below is the ever-present white cap worn as the everyday head cover during the 18th century in Colonial Williamsburg, VA. This is a picture of an interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg.
These are photos I took at Colonial Williamsburg, VA