Speaking as someone who was around before V2, I can tell you that a woman never went into a church without a head covering. We generally wore hats but, in those days, hats were popular.
Another poster mentioned that a woman’s hair was her head covering. One of the reasons given to us growing up was that a hat was considered to be an act of modesty because it covered a woman’s hair which was considered her best feature.
I now generally wear a mantilla but I always carry a chapel cap with me to put on my head for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament when the opportunity arises. I remember the days of placing a hankerchief, even a tissue on one’s head. I never put a glove on my head, but some women did.
I don’t feel out of place wearing a mantilla or chapel cap to Mass even though very few women do. I am happy that the idea is becoming more common though. I don’t wear it for show, I wear it out of reverence to our Lord.:byzsoc: