Women’s fashion in 17th century England was all about the headwear or lack thereof! With the choice of a coif, broad-brimmed hat, or no hat at all, women were able to make many different fashion choices. The third and fourth women in the picture are seen in simple linen caps called coifs. These head coverings were worn by all classes of women and were often decorated with lace edging, as seen on the third woman. Coifs were the choice of married women because they were considered respectable and modest headwear. The other women in the picture are wearing styles of broad-brimmed hats. These broad-brimmed hats derive from the Puritan capotain. A capotain is a tall, round hat with a narrow brim that is commonly thought of as the “Pilgrim hat.” These “Pilgrim hats” have evolved into the more common broad-brimmed hats in the picture.