1920s Hats for Women

In the Jazz age, women won’t go out without wearing a hat. They had a variety of hats and headbands available. The cloche hat was the most common, but it certainly wasn’t the only women’s hat in 1920s. 

Hat styles from the early 1920s were still somewhat influenced by the hats in previous decades. At the turn of the century, the large hats were often adorned with many bird feathers, but the Audubon Society banned the trend, which led to fall out of favor. A wide-brimmed picture hat with round crowns, which people often worn outdoors in summer. The shape of the brim mimicked a large bonnet with drooping sides.

In 1921, the release of “The Three Musketeers” sparked a short-lived trend for women wearing the three-corner musketeers, also known as knight hats. These hats were made of straw for wearing in summer and velvet for winter. A bi-corn hat may be more popular because its front brim folded up to create points on both sides. It had been decorated with a bow or long dangling ribbon on one side. Also, it adorned with bird feathers, tassels or jewels. The folded brim gave way to a similar hat, without two or three points, which was called a bucket hat because the crown was pulled down very deep, like a cloche hat, but it had a wider brim that wrapped around the crown. This was a casual sporty hat, often worn with middy blouses. They could also be prettier street hats that were made of rich materials and decorated with feathers. They were usually made of soft materials, like woven straw or felt. The style was only popular in the first half of the 1920s.

Toque hats were usually made of stiff panels and worn on top of the head, rather than down around the forehead, as most hats in the 1920s. Mature wealthy women would like to choose it as the first choice. Young women often wore it in a way that moving down to their forehead; the hats were embellished with beads, sequins, metallic embroidery and precious stones.

Cloche’s popularity began around 1925, and it dominated hat styles until the 1930s. It was suitable for women who have small head and a short “bobbed” haircut. These close-fitting hats were usually worn very low over the eyebrows, giving the impression of conceit or feminine independence. The brims of the hats were slight, and some of them curled up, some angled out like a mini visor, and some pointed down. In many later cloche hats, the side brims dropped down over one or both ears, leaving more room for larger ornaments. They often featured intricate embroidery, jewels or ribbons.

A turban is a good alternative to a hat. The turban was basically horizontally wrapped around the head. However, if done properly with the right feathers or jewels, it can create a very glamorous look. It was one of the only hat styles that can be worn with formal evening attire, as well as can be worn during the daytime.

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